Saturday, March 19, 2011

RV Lifestyle Tips: RV Driver's License Requirements and RV Driving Schools

If you are new to the RV lifestyle, or maybe you're just considering becoming an RV enthusiast, you may be wondering if you are going to need a special driver's license to operate an RV. In most cases, the answer is no. However, there are some exceptions to that rule. The vast majority of RV's can be driven with a regular driver's license, but some states do require a special license for large RV's. In rare cases a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) is required. If you are told that you need a CDL, be sure to do a bit more research, because in actuality, very few non-commercial RV's fall into this category. If your RV meets one of the following criteria, check with your state for special driver's license requirements:
  • Single vehicle or towable combination having a weight rating of 26,001 lbs. or more
  • Towing a trailer with a weight rating of 10,001 lbs. or more
  • Is longer than 40 feet
  • Towing two units (for example, towing a boat behind a trailer)
 Click here for a summary of RV driver's license requirements in all 50 states.

Even if your state has no special license requirements, a good RV driving training course is always an excellent idea. After all, you are on a mission for enjoyment and adventure, and you will want to know how to best keep yourself and your family safe.  There are training courses available in many states, with more being added across the country, so no matter where you are, you should be able to find one that is convenient for you!

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