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Old 06-17-2018, 06:08 PM
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Indiana towing license requirements

Considering moving from Michigan to Indiana. We have a F350 dually weighs 9K and can tow 24K. Wife not happy as from what we have read that she will need a CDL to drive pickup. I have a CDL so no problem for me. Is there exceptions we have missed??
 
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What are you exactly doing? Towing 24K of what?
 
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Truck rated to tow 24K. We have the max tow pkg. we tow 14K fifth wheel. Don’t know it’s there
in looking at law it is based on tow capacity
 
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It appears that yes a Class A CDL would be required in you have an Indiana driver license. Looking at the state website it looks like it is, and there is no exceptions listed.

Generally, and from a Federal standpoint RVs playing tourist are not required to have a CDL. However, states can add restrictions.
 
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This is what I figured. Wife needs CDL....nope she is not getting. Says she needs a new smaller pickup. Or a used one.
I have A,P,S with air for cdl
I wonder if a B or C endorsement would work?
 
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Check with the Indiana DOT I think as long as you stay under the 26000 you are fine. I am sure with a RV you are exempt and your 9000 pound truck and 14000 RV are under the 26000.
 
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You thinking about retiring Dave?
As to your question, are you concerned about your RV, or farming operations? I have friends in the New Castle area, ones cropping 5k acres with his family, other is in the RV business. I can find out for sure tomorrow.
 
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You thinking about retiring Dave?
As to your question, are you concerned about your RV, or farming operations? I have friends in the New Castle area, ones cropping 5k acres with his family, other is in the RV business. I can find out for sure tomorrow.
yes I am planning on retiring. Dr says I need to for various reasons. Son works for feds and has no interest in returning to Michigan, so we are currently planning on moving near him within a year and purchase a home on 5 acres. (Something large enough for keeping fifth wheel). Got checking on drivers license and found this out... think plates are based on vehicle capacity but I might be reading it wrong.
 
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website sucks, I can't make heads or tails of the darn thing.
 
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website sucks, I can't make heads or tails of the darn thing.
agreed. Will have to call Indiana dmv this summer.
 
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Normally agriculture and RV, as long as it’s for your own use, are exception to CDL requirements. Looking at the state website and other sites, it appears that Indiana lacks any exceptions.

SimpleMike, Remember, CDL requirements are based on ratings. It is the gross vehicle weight rating of the power unit plus the gross vehicle weight rating of the trailer. So a F350 is rated at 13,200 pounds plus a 5th wheel rated at 14,000 pounds puts it over 26,000 pounds with the trailer greater than 10,000 pounds.
 
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yes I am planning on retiring. Dr says I need to for various reasons. Son works for feds and has no interest in returning to Michigan, so we are currently planning on moving near him within a year and purchase a home on 5 acres. (Something large enough for keeping fifth wheel). Got checking on drivers license and found this out... think plates are based on vehicle capacity but I might be reading it wrong.
To quote my grandpa, do what the doctor tells you, and don't worry about it.
I'll text my RV friends down there and see what reality is.
 
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To quote my grandpa, do what the doctor tells you, and don't worry about it.
I'll text my RV friends down there and see what reality is.
thanks. Hopefully they might know for sure
 
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Talked with my buddy Dave. No special requirements or endorsements needed for RVs, even air braked diesel pushers. Only thing he wasn't sure on was if anything extra was needed for recreational doubles.
 
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Talked with my buddy Dave. No special requirements or endorsements needed for RVs, even air braked diesel pushers. Only thing he wasn't sure on was if anything extra was needed for recreational doubles.
but this is the pickup.... not a true Rv but is used to pull RV. Wife just wants to be sure and not get ticket or be held at fault for improper license
 
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