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Old 02-13-2016, 09:51 PM   #1
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Newcomer, live A little South of London On, Looking at getting back in to the RV scene after a few years abscent, have a few years to go before retiring, but when i do i'am hitting the road, I had a "A" liscence for many years and let it go about 10 years ago, looking in to converting a 630 Volvo or a 430, was wondering what kinda deal is it as far as a liscense, what do you require ???, I dropped down to a DZ, very familiar with truck being a heavy equipment and truck mechanic for many years so the conversion may not be a big deal, i have a very well equipped shop to complete the work, need some thoughts from guys that are already doing the HDT, seems the truck are fairly resonanble with regards to price, looking at 6-8 year old truck with about 800,000 k on it, what is some things to think about, also not to interested in a heavy duty pick up to do the pulling for 60-80 G's, when you can do it with a real truck for under 50 G's

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welcome to the fray!

at least in the states there is no CDL (commercial drivers license) needed for a PRIVATE RV, you may need an "air brake endorsement" (class b).

I've been stopped 2 times, and neither time did they check to see if i had any special endorsements.
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In Canada they call it a "Z" liscence,Air brake endorsement, yes i do have one.
So in the U.S do you need a CDL to travel with a HDT ???

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NO CDL is required. Especially if the HDT (or MDT) is registered as an rv.

theres a guy in calgary (i know its far from you) that modifies & sells used HDT's for 5th wheel/toter home pulling, he retitles the HDTs from commercial to RVs....he could probably tell you whats involved in re-titling.

http://rvhaulers.ca/contact-us/
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welcome to the fray!

at least in the states there is no CDL (commercial drivers license) needed for a PRIVATE RV, you may need an "air brake endorsement" (class b).

I've been stopped 2 times, and neither time did they check to see if i had any special endorsements.
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Ya Don, that's a lot of stops. I wish they'd stop me so we can chat.

Curt, are you looking to make a "Truck Conversion" (single complete motorhome unit on a HDT chassis), or a tow vehicle to pull a camper trailer?
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Both occurrences were for tag issues - no front tag and no tag sticker (in the window). I think it was really an excuse to ask about the coach and what was in it.

Both times I invited them to come inside and look....after they saw our sheep dog and my concealed carry permit they declined.
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Actually, looking in to converting to pull a 5th wheel, i will do all the work myself , looking for deck ideas and if i require any additional liscences, the deck info iam looking for what is the best way to go as fas as something big enough to put a small jeep on or something, cant see me driving a smart car, also thought about getting something with a wet line to incorporate a sliding ramp system to accomodate the lenght of jeep or something, thinking out load
thanks for any info anyone could provide
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One with a wet kit shouldn't be terrible hard to find in Ontario. I just did a quick search for Volvo 630 with a wet kit and found these right away: Volvo 630 Truck | Buy or Sell Heavy Equipment in Ontario | Kijiji Classifieds And a lot more here: https://www.google.com/search?q=used...ale+in+ontario
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Isn't the 430 a day cab? I'm pretty sure you're not going to want to do this build on a day cab truck. Most of the guys that do this use a sleeper for several reasons. One big huge reason is because if you outfit it with the minimum items to qualify for RV or motorhome license plates you will save yourself a ton on registration, insurance, and licensing (driver's license that is).

Now, I would say don't even consider building your own. Or even having one built. There are so many available all built and ready to go. And you will spend pennies on the dollar buying one all ready. Here's one that I know the guy selling. He's a real stand up guy and he spared no money having this built. It's a real nice build. And about perfect for what you're looking for I think. The picture shows it with the Jeep and 5th wheel but the price is just for the truck. Trust me, you will spend twice that much to build it yourself.

2003 International HD Jeep Hauler & 5th Wheel Tow Vehicl for Sale in NASHVILLE, TN | RacingJunk Classifieds
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