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Rookie RVer here [emoticon] I want to know what the rules / law is regarding maximum driving length, and if specific driver's license required.

After years, and years of begging I finally got permission to upgrade from the family's financial adviser. One idea is to get a toy hauler. The other idea is to get a Class A and a 16ft trailer (hold two ATVs). Do you know if there's a special driver's license requirement for......let's say.......a 30ft Class A towing a 16ft trailer?

Where would I start to research this?


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rookie_rv wrote:

Rookie RVer here [emoticon] I want to know what the rules / law is regarding maximum driving length, and if specific driver's license required.

After years, and years of begging I finally got permission to upgrade from the family's financial adviser. One idea is to get a toy hauler. The other idea is to get a Class A and a 16ft trailer (hold two ATVs). Do you know if there's a special driver's license requirement for......let's say.......a 30ft Class A towing a 16ft trailer?

Where would I start to research this?

check your home state's licensing regulations. my belief is if you're legal in your home state you'll be legal in the other 49 due to reciprocity.


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In Texas, under 26,000 pound GVWR RV or I believe 10,000 pound trailer, no special license is needed. Above that you need a Class B exempt.

And, yes, licenses have reciprocity-- legal in your home state, legal in all 50. NOT true of speeds, lengths, etc. where each state determines the rules for that state.


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Make sure the Class A you are considering is capable of pulling the 16' trailer with two ATV's inside. Plus whatever gear you carry in the trailer.

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gbopp wrote:

Make sure the Class A you are considering is capable of pulling the 16' trailer with two ATV's inside. Plus whatever gear you carry in the trailer.

excellent point. the amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following:

- the gross combination weight rating of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH (based on individual axle weights) as it is loaded and configured for travel

- the weight rating of your hitch

- the weight rating of your tow bar

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65' is the most common max combined length in many states. Some are longer and a few shorter.


This post is my opinion (free advice). It is not intended to influence anyone's judgment nor do I advocate anyone do what I propose.

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There is both accurate and inaccurate information above. This link gives a state-by-state run-down of license requirements:

Requirements by state

For Texas specifically:

Texas requirements.

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I recently got a used A toy hauler......for my CanAm Spyder.....and I would never pull a trailer again.

Was BSing with an RV salesman last week and found out that a class C toy hauler exists with a 13 foot garage section. That's huge.

So apparently they come with "garages" from 9 foot to 13 foot.
MUCH more convenient that pulling a trailer......once you get comfortable with where you can and can't go with a BIG motorhome.

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rk911 wrote:

rookie_rv wrote:

Rookie RVer here [emoticon] I want to know what the rules / law is regarding maximum driving length, and if specific driver's license required.

After years, and years of begging I finally got permission to upgrade from the family's financial adviser. One idea is to get a toy hauler. The other idea is to get a Class A and a 16ft trailer (hold two ATVs). Do you know if there's a special driver's license requirement for......let's say.......a 30ft Class A towing a 16ft trailer?

Where would I start to research this?

check your home state's licensing regulations. my belief is if you're legal in your home state you'll be legal in the other 49 due to reciprocity.


Your belief is WRONG with regard to things like length, weight, yes.

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as stated, if over 26,000 lbs. a special license is required in many states.
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