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Andrey's Comment
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I saw this RV at a rest area on I-77 on the border between North Carolina and Virginia. The guy was probably sleeping, I didn't talk to him. I wonder how do you register such home made vehicles?

Andrey's Comment
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I saw this RV at a rest area on I-77 on the border between North Carolina and Virginia. The guy was probably sleeping, I didn't talk to him. I wonder how do you register such home made vehicles?

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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You buy those from a few different RV companies I use to pass a dealer near Fort Wayne that had a few sitting on their lot, usually I've seen them at the race track before hauling race cars.

Shout out to the OD team truck sneaking in the picture!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mikey B.'s Comment
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You buy those from a few different RV companies I use to pass a dealer near Fort Wayne that had a few sitting on their lot, usually I've seen them at the race track before hauling race cars.

Shout out to the OD team truck sneaking in the picture!

I agree, these are custom coaches not homemade. The multiple slide outside would be hard to do for a homemade conversion. They often have matching trailers with built in lighting to illuminate the outside. Often used for race car setups.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Would one need a CDLA (or B?) to drive such ?!?!?

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I haven't seen one in 'real life' myself; think they ARE pretty cool, though!

~ Anne ~

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Navypoppop's Comment
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Everyone,

The sad part is that as long as it is an Rv there is no special license required. There are Rver's out there that pull a 42' 5th wheel trailer and their boat and trailer behind them without a doubles/triples endorsement. There also is no brakes on the boat trailer which makes it a disaster waiting to happen.

The states should require a special license endorsement for Rver's pulling trailers and for the elderly retirees that buy those 3 axle Class A motorhomes. Just because you can afford these behemoths doesn't mean you can handle them.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Davy A.'s Comment
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Everyone,

The sad part is that as long as it is an Rv there is no special license required. There are Rver's out there that pull a 42' 5th wheel trailer and their boat and trailer behind them without a doubles/triples endorsement. There also is no brakes on the boat trailer which makes it a disaster waiting to happen.

The states should require a special license endorsement for Rver's pulling trailers and for the elderly retirees that buy those 3 axle Class A motorhomes. Just because you can afford these behemoths doesn't mean you can handle them.

If its over 26,000 GVWR with air brakes, wouldnt it make it mandator for at least a Class B? irrelevant of what type of vehicle it is?

GVWR:

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

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

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Everyone,

The sad part is that as long as it is an Rv there is no special license required. There are Rver's out there that pull a 42' 5th wheel trailer and their boat and trailer behind them without a doubles/triples endorsement. There also is no brakes on the boat trailer which makes it a disaster waiting to happen.

The states should require a special license endorsement for Rver's pulling trailers and for the elderly retirees that buy those 3 axle Class A motorhomes. Just because you can afford these behemoths doesn't mean you can handle them.

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If its over 26,000 GVWR with air brakes, wouldnt it make it mandator for at least a Class B? irrelevant of what type of vehicle it is?

That was MY train of thought. How is THAT exempt ?!?!? (Okay, the one pictured isn't a combination vehicle as it appears, but dang, still!)

SMDH too, @Navypoppop.

Everyone,

The sad part is that as long as it is an Rv there is no special license required. There are Rver's out there that pull a 42' 5th wheel trailer and their boat and trailer behind them without a doubles/triples endorsement. There also is no brakes on the boat trailer which makes it a disaster waiting to happen.

The states should require a special license endorsement for Rver's pulling trailers and for the elderly retirees that buy those 3 axle Class A motorhomes. Just because you can afford these behemoths doesn't mean you can handle them.

~ Anne ~

Combination Vehicle:

A vehicle with two separate parts - the power unit (tractor) and the trailer. Tractor-trailers are considered combination vehicles.

GVWR:

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

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

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sid V.'s Comment
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RV's don't need a cdl because they are not driving them commercially (for hire). Nor do they have hours of service.

I didn't make the rules.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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RV's don't need a cdl because they are not driving them commercially (for hire). Nor do they have hours of service.

I didn't make the rules.

Apparently NOBODY did, ever then ?!?!? Wow. This is NEW(S) to me... wow. Shouldn't the DOT get a NEW agenda, and 'regulate' these 'behemoths,' as NPP calls'em?!?

Wouldn't that give those 'powers that be' something else to 'FOCUS' on .. that NEEDS a focus on ?!? Just IMHO. Thanks for the intel and input, y'all. Interesting and unsettling, all at once.

~ Anne ~

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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