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Old 10-29-2011, 02:43 PM   #1
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CA Drivers License Endorsement For Pulling a 5th Wheel

I am confused. In another forum I read that I need a drivers license endorsement to pull a 5th wheel in California The CA website says only if the 5th wheel is over 15000 in one place and in another place if it is over 10000. I would love to hear from other Californians. Do you have the endorsement? No one at the dealer told me anything about this when I purchased my rig in August. Have I been breaking the law every time I have gone camping since then. Yet another reason I prefer to spend my time and money in Montana
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:28 PM   #2
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might be the Fed rule that any truck/trailer combo over 26000 lbs gvw requires the class A endorsement ,Here in Tx we don't have to get the actual CDL but you have to take the same tests to get the A endorsement added to your regular DL.
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:56 PM   #3
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I don't know about California but in Idaho there is no endorsment unless you are commercial.

I know that in order to tow doubles in Cali you need a CDL with an endorsement. My wife had that so she would drive when we were pulling our toys behind the 5er.
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Where are you licensed? If in Montana and you don't exceed CA's residency requirements, CA will honor your Montana license.
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:03 AM   #5
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Cool 5th wheel endorsement

Thanks for the info. I am licensed in California. I have a DMV appointment. For Wednesday. I am going to take the test and be done with it.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:50 PM   #6
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It's called restriction 41, an endorsement on your class C license. It is required for 5th wheels over 10,000#'s but not over 15,000#'s GVWR. 20 question written test. I am taking mine Thursday.. My new Jayco is 14,500. Didn't know I needed it until I starting looking at requirements.
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:02 PM   #7
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OK... may seem like an odd question.... (ulterior motive depending on the answer)

is it a computer generated test now or do they still give you a copy of the questions asked along with the ones you missed marked wrong.... ?
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:43 PM   #8
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5th Wheel CA DL test

I am taking the test tomorrow. I will let you know how I do and what is on it. I read the RV handbook and it is pretty much common sense stuff. The guy I talked with on the phone at the DMV told me that it is 20 straight forward questions. He also said that he didn't know of anyone who hadn't passed it on the first try. Maybe I will be the first!
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:30 PM   #9
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It's called restriction 41, an endorsement on your class C license. It is required for 5th wheels over 10,000#'s but not over 15,000#'s GVWR. 20 question written test. I am taking mine Thursday.. My new Jayco is 14,500. Didn't know I needed it until I starting looking at requirements.
In California now to pull a 5er over 10,000 you just need an endorsement, to pull one over 15K you need a NON-commercial Class A with a medical questionnaire. To pull double you need a COMMERCIAL Class A with a Medical CARD and a Doubles endorsement. Difference between a questionnaire and a medical card is the physical exam that goes along with the medical card and it must be renewed every 2 years. (the card not the class A license)

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Old 11-02-2011, 07:56 PM   #10
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Success!

Took my test this afternoon. The test was pretty straight forward. I missed the question about the medical question air. It is every two years, not 4. The DMV person had never heard of the Class C 5th wheel endorsement and kept trying to give me the Class A non-commercial test. I finally convinced her to look it up and after asking a supervisor she found the right information. So be persistent. The test is a 20 question paper test. You can miss three. Yippee! I am legal.
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