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Old 03-01-2018, 01:11 AM   #51
Pmedic4
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GVWR and CGVWR

In my state, Illinois, they also have the requirement for a non-CDL Class A or non-CDL Class B for RV's. Not surprisingly, there are quite a few people here who don't get the proper classification of license, because they simply read, RV's are exempt. But that's a separate topic.

Now, what a lot of people don't understand is, the requirement is based on the GVWR and CGVWR of their Tow Vehicle. JRTJH points this out, but people tend to miss-apply the critical factor of the RATING, not the actual weight of your TV and RV.

Likely if you have a Ford or RAM 1 ton dually (for good or bad, the Chevy/GMC models don't seem to have a rating over 26,001?), the CGVWR is over 26,001 pounds. For example, the current FORD 350 duallies are rated at 30,000+, and the RAM 3500 duallies are rated at 30,000+. Technically, if your trailer, regular or fifthwheel are rated above 10,000, yes in Illinois you would need a non-CDL Class A, and if you don't pull a trailer that heavy, they at minimum you'd need a non-CDL Class B.

So the point is, don't fret about the CAT Scales, you can simply look in a Towing guide about your truck, and it will tell you the GCVWR, and from that you would know what license you are required to have - most can do it by applying your VIN number.

So, do people do it, yes, I have full-timer relatives that drive a 40,000 pound motorhome with a Class D license (they don't tow over 10,000 pounds), which in Illinois is limited to GVWR of 8,000 pounds. I sure hope they don't have an accident. I'd hate to think what their insurance company would do if their Tiffin Motorhome was totaled.
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