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Old 01-14-2007, 06:14 PM   #1
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I have thought about getting a CDL and a Class 8 truck to pull a 5th wheel rv. In my state (Montana), I don't even need to get a CDL to drive a class 8 truck for recreational purposes within the state.
I was told that I should check with other states that I might be passing through to see what their regulations are. I would get a CDL anyway, but would I have to stop at weigh stations in every other state I go through even though I'm just pulling an RV?

It seems crazy that I would have to check with each state I go through to make sure I'm legal when I'm legally licensed in Montana.


Any help or tips from anyone who is doing this would be greatly appreciated!!
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Old 01-15-2007, 07:43 AM   #2
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I have the same thing, we are from Custer,SD. and don't need to have a cdl as long as we don't do commercial work. We studied the SD CDL manual, just for the info in it. 2.5 years of driving the Volvo 770 from coast to coast and haven't had a problem. I understand your state of domicile is honored by other states. But I've never been stopped and I never stop at the weigh stations.......
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Old 01-15-2007, 08:32 AM   #3
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Mike,
Thanks for the reply!
That sounds encouraging. I just didn't want to get into trouble with the law if I can avoid it
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Old 02-07-2007, 08:08 AM   #4
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cummins1279, Check with your state regarding weight rated class of license. I know that here in Illinois we have a non-CDL class A or B rating specifically for the heavier non-commercial vehicles including motorhomes.

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Old 10-21-2015, 05:11 PM   #5
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Keep an eye on the signs. Some states have signs stating all trucks pulling trailers and motorhome must weigh.
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Old 10-21-2015, 05:26 PM   #6
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cummins1279, Check with your state regarding weight rated class of license. I know that here in Illinois we have a non-CDL class A or B rating specifically for the heavier non-commercial vehicles including motorhomes.

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Second the recommendation to look at your state license rules and see if they have a non-commercial heavy weight class type license endorsement.

For example, here in New Mexico I have a class E endorsement, which is specifically for non-commercial over 26K. Perfect for me, I could drive any vehicle actually, as long as for non-commercial use. Maybe I need to buy a dump truck
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Old 10-29-2015, 08:39 AM   #7
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Keep an eye on the signs. Some states have signs stating all trucks pulling trailers and motorhome must weigh.
I haven't seen this in the southern half of the USA. One more reason to not go north!
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Old 10-29-2015, 08:58 AM   #8
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Keep an eye on the signs. Some states have signs stating all trucks pulling trailers and motorhome must weigh.
I have been in 47 states and four provinces of Canada and can't ever recall seeing any signs like that. Can you tell me which ones they are?
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Old 10-29-2015, 10:45 AM   #9
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Here is link to a general overview of the various state laws.


https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/weigh-stations/
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Old 10-29-2015, 08:22 PM   #10
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I still didn't see any that said Motorhomes, but then again I may have missed it. You are more than welcome to stop, but I can't say as I have ever seen an RV that wasin a weigh station except for transporters. I don't plan on stopping.
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