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What is the Biggest Trailer you can Tow before you need a CDL License? I know it will vary by State, Does anyone know what the Laws are by States and where to find them?
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here in Oregon, it's pretty strict, post the state you live in and I'll look it up for you..

here is the 3 CDL ratings for Oregon.... looks like towing in excess of 16000 with a truck like mine (10,000 GVWR) requires the Class B CDL since it's a total of 26000 combined weight, which is an easy one I think.. it's mostly a paperwork thing. The Class A is the big rig one.

Less than 26000 lbs combined weight, requires no commercial license.


http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/drive...lclasses.shtml

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her is the info you requested for all 50 states
http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm

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What is the Biggest Trailer you can Tow before you need a CDL License? I know it will vary by State, Does anyone know what the Laws are by States and where to find them?
We really need much more information to give an accurate answer.

Tell us what you are trying to do first, it will be much easier to figure out from there. Biggest can mean so many things, length, width, height, weight. All of which may or may not play a role. Also, what will you be towing with. Obviously the size of the trailer is not the only thing to consider.

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her is the info you requested for all 50 states
http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm
That site doesn't cover everything and is very vague.

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here in Oregon, it's pretty strict, post the state you live in and I'll look it up for you..

here is the 3 CDL ratings for Oregon.... looks like towing in excess of 16000 with a truck like mine (10,000 GVWR) requires the Class B CDL since it's a total of 26000 combined weight, which is an easy one I think.. it's mostly a paperwork thing. The Class A is the big rig one.

Less than 26000 lbs combined weight, requires no commercial license.


http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/drive...lclasses.shtml
Not 100% true.

Your statement for Class B, frankly confuses the heck out of me, . SO I will just copy paste, from the link you posted. Plus, it's hardly a paperwork thing. The only thing different between obtaining a Class A and a Class B, is with the Class A you must take the test in a combined vehicle, with either a pintle hitch or fifth wheel. Ball hitch, or gooseneck hitch doesn't count. You would also have to take the test in a vehicel equipped with air brakes, if that is what you plan on using. No air brakes on the test, means no air brakes per your license.

These are the exact same requirments, etc. that the State of Florida had when I obtained my Class "A" CDL, about 8 years ago.

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A Class B CDL authorizes the operation of any single vehicle with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) and gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 10,000 pounds GVW or GVWR. A person may not operate any vehicle for which a specific endorsement is required unless the person obtains that endorsement.
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To Qualify/Apply

In order to qualify and apply, you must:

Possess or qualify for a non-commercial Class C driver license;
Complete a Commercial Driver License Application (Form 735-175);
Provide proof of your full legal name, each time you apply;
Provide proof of your legal presence in the U.S., identity and date of birth, each time you apply;
Provide proof of your Social Security Number, each time you apply;
Provide proof of your Oregon residence address, each time you apply;
Pass the CDL General Knowledge Test;
Pass a Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Test (Section 11 of the CDL Manual);
Pass a Basic Control Skills Test (Section 12 of the CDL Manual)
Pass a behind-the-wheel Drive Test (Section 13 of the CDL Manual) in a Class B commercial vehicle;
Present a valid DOT Medical Certificate with waivers or exemptions as required; and
Pay the appropriate fees (See note on payment of test fees)
Note: The Pre-Trip Inspection, Basic Control Skills and Drive Tests may be conducted by DMV or by a Third Party Tester.

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CLASS A: Trucks or truck combinations weighing with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of 26,001 lbs. or more, provided towed vehicle is more than 10,000 lbs.

CLASS B: Straight trucks weighing 26,001 lbs. Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or more.

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http://cdn.nationalsafetycommission....a_cdl_2010.pdf

Page 8 in the PDF, 1.1, has a nice flow chart.

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In Florida, under 26k pounds ( GVW) and less than 80" wide, no CDL is required.

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I guess I confused my self with my own link.. you're right. In a nutshell, if it weighs less than 26K combined weight, it's ok to drive it with a normal non-CDL (at least in OR).

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I guess I confused my self with my own link.. you're right. In a nutshell, if it weighs less than 26K combined weight, it's ok to drive it with a normal non-CDL (at least in OR).
Not if it weighs less than 26K, if it's GVWR is less than 26K.

i.e. - Say you have a dump truck, GVWR might be 70K, but lets say it weighs 25K empty. You can't drive that legally, even empty without a Class B license.

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