Class B Skills Test In A Bobtail Truck

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Steve H.'s Comment
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Can you get a Class B license using a Bobtail truck for your skills test?

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

James R.'s Comment
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I'm not sure if the general requirements for testing vehicles, but your best bet is to get with the dmv for your local area. If you can't get them a school might have that info.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Steve H.'s Comment
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Thanks, the only information I get from DMV is to refer to manual. I’ve left messages with testing site but no answer yet. Hopefully a school might help. I’ll try that.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Greg M.'s Comment
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Should be fine. Below is the definition from the Ohio BMV. Your state is likely the same. If the data plate on the truck has the GVWR 26001+ info you are good.

Also they do adjust the size of the boxes used for backing for the size of the truck being used. Don't expect to be given as much room as they would give a 53 foot semi.

Class B Used to drive any one vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more. Cannot have at trailer over 10,000 pounds.

GVWR:

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

GVWR is the maximum operating weight of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer, minus any trailers.

Bmv:

Department of Motor Vehicles, Bureau of Motor Vehicles

The state agency that handles everything related to your driver's licences, including testing, issuance, transfers, and revocation.

Andrey's Comment
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Also they do adjust the size of the boxes used for backing for the size of the truck being used.

They may adjust it for a single tractor, but for a smaller trailer they don't make any adjustments. I had my skills and road test with a flatbed.

Greg M.'s Comment
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I took my test in a single axle day cab with a little 30 something foot flatbed and they definitely used a tape measure and moved the cones. This was at an Ohio 3rd party testing location. Must be an over or under length that changes box size.

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Also they do adjust the size of the boxes used for backing for the size of the truck being used.

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They may adjust it for a single tractor, but for a smaller trailer they don't make any adjustments. I had my skills and road test with a flatbed.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Also they do adjust the size of the boxes used for backing for the size of the truck being used. Don't expect to be given as much room as they would give a 53 foot semi.

If I remember correctly, for Iowa, they added 20 feet more than the total length of the vehicle you test in

John M.'s Comment
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Can you get a Class B license using a Bobtail truck for your skills test?

I know in Alabama you can. A guy in my class was so bad at backing the instructors told him he basically had no prayer of passing and talked him into a class B test. It took him all 6 pullups to alleydock a bobtail. We were dying laughing.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Steve H.'s Comment
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Thanks for the information guys. We’re trying to get an employee in a class b. All of our trucks are automatics but we might be able to get a manual bobtail to test with. Just don’t want to show up and be told it won’t pass.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Andrey's Comment
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I took my test in a single axle day cab with a little 30 something foot flatbed and they definitely used a tape measure and moved the cones. This was at an Ohio 3rd party testing location. Must be an over or under length that changes box size.

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30 is for sure a difference. My flatbed was 48, which is only 5 feet shorter, so nobody moved cones.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

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