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    Is It Time For An RV Operator License

    Ok this will probably rile up a few, but this week started me thinking that it might be time. We recently camped with a group that ranges in age from early 60's to late 70's. Rigs range from travel trailers, 5th wheels, and class A MH's up to 45'. It was a tight campground and one of the couples backed into the truck of another member trying to get into their site. The comment was made that another couple has a body shop on speed dial because of their numerous fender benders. Still another mentioned they didn't use their Jake Brake equipped big rig because they didn't know "what all those switches were for", nor did they know how the air brakes worked on their large rig, or what to watch for.

    It seems that more and more RV and truck manufacturer's are building bigger and heavier rigs. The scary thing is that so much of the market they are selling to, is barely qualified to operate a car. So the question is - should RV operators of rigs over a certain weight be required to show proof of the capability of operating said rigs and be licensed accordingly? Lots of states have motorcycle operators license, and several have boat operator license.
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    Re: Is It Time For An RV Operator License

    I don't know about an RV license, but in Texas you have to get a CDL for over a certain weight (I think it is 26,000 pounds combined GVWR) and the driving test measures your ability to operate your rig.
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    Re: Is It Time For An RV Operator License

    I've seen enough idiots this trip to agree with increased training / license requirements.

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    Is It Time For An RV Operator License

    Careful what you ask for. They could make it mandatory for ALL RV owners, regardless of how long you've been hauling one.

    Another political cash cow in the making.
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    Re: Is It Time For An RV Operator License

    From what I have seen about half the people driving cars should have their license removed.
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    Re: Is It Time For An RV Operator License

    Three weeks ago while at a campground near the west entrance to Yosemite, an idiot in a brand new Allegro motor home complete with a back up camera backed into our parked 5th wheel cracking the front cap and knocking us off our blocks and moving the rig back 6". he missed his space by 20' but obviously found ours!! Our rig is sitting at dealer waiting for estimate.

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    Re: Is It Time For An RV Operator License

    Quote Originally Posted by iawoody2 View Post
    From what I have seen about half the people driving cars should have their license removed.
    X2 - I've seen cars pull a u turn in 6 lanes of traffic. I've also seen where stopping at a stop sign or light and turning right seems to be optional.

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    Re: Is It Time For An RV Operator License

    I don't think a license or passing a test regardless of how complex, would reduce the number of mishaps. A lot of smart capable operators would still do a lot of dumb things.
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    Re: Is It Time For An RV Operator License

    Quote Originally Posted by MTPockets View Post
    I don't think a license or passing a test regardless of how complex, would reduce the number of mishaps. A lot of smart capable operators would still do a lot of dumb things.
    I agree.

    I've seen an awful lot of licensed drivers do dumb things- having a license and passing a test means nothing. There will always be morons.

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    Re: Is It Time For An RV Operator License

    Texas and a few other states already have laws in place for that. RV's are exempt from CDL requirements, but the Class C operators license you have in your pocket only allows you to drive a vehicle up to 26K or tow a combination of 26K CGWR with a trailer up to 10K GVWR. Over that weight limit and you have to have a Class B, or Class A Operators license. If you are doing so on a commercial basis, then you have to have a CDL of the same class.

    This has been a widely debated item, and the previous rules were very ambiguous. However, the most recent Texas Driver's Handbook has clarified this fact. The Texas Motor Vehicle Code has always been clear on what you are allowed to drive with a Class C Operator's License. Many of us are towing 18K rigs with trucks that have 30K CGWR. In Texas and many other states, you need a Class A Operator's license to be legal.
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