Can I drive a 7.5-tonne motorhome?

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: Can I drive a 7.5-tonne motorhome? We will discuss the laws and requirements for driving a motorhome in the US. 

Can I drive a 7.5-tonne motorhome?

You can drive a 7.5-tonne motorhome as long as you have a category C driving licence. If you plan on driving a motorhome between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes, you will need a category C1 driving licence. Besides the correct licence, some states in the US require special CDL and non-CDL licence for driving a motorhome, no matter the weight.

See the table below for more information on which states require which type of licence to drive a motorhome. 

CriteriaStates requirements
States that DO NOT require a CDL to drive a motorhomeAlabama MontanaAlaska Nebraska Arizona New Hampshire Colorado New Jersey DelawareNorth DakotaFloridaGeorgia OklahomaIdahoOregon Illinois Rhode IslandIndiana South Dakota IowaTennesseeKentucky UtahLouisianaVermontMaineVirginiaMassachusetts Washington MinnesotaMissouri West Virginia Mississippi
States that require a Non-CDL to drive a motorhomeCalifornia: Class B license required over 26,000 lb or over 40 feet; Class A license required for towing over 10,000 lbsMaryland: Class B license required over 26,000 lbMichigan: Recreational Double “R” Endorsement required to tow a fifth wheel plus a trailer (it’s unlikely that you’ll ever need this)North Carolina: Class B license required for the single-vehicle over 26,000 lb; Class A license required for multiple vehicles with combined weight over 26,000 lbNevada: Class B license required for the single-vehicle over 26,000 lb; Class A license required for multiple vehicles with combined weight over 26,000 lb; “J” Endorsement required to tow a vehicle over 10,000 lb (if the combined weight is less than 26,000 lb)New York: Recreational Vehicle or “R” endorsement required for vehicles over 26,000 lbPennsylvania: Class B license required for the single-vehicle over 26,000 lb; required for multiple vehicles with combined weight over 26,000 lbSouth Carolina: Class E license required for the single-vehicle over 26,000 lb; Class F license required for multiple vehicles with combined weight over 26,000 lbTexas: Class B license required for the single-vehicle over 26,000 lb; Class A license required for multiple vehicles with combined weight over 26,000 lbWyoming: Class B license required for the vehicle over 26,000 lb and towing under 10,000 lb; Class A license required for the vehicle over 26,000 lb and towing over 10,000 lb
States that require a CDL to drive a motorhomeArkansas: CDL required for the vehicle over 26,000 lbConnecticut: CDL (Class B) required for the single-vehicle over 26,000 lb; CDL (Class A) required for multiple vehicles with combined weight over 26,000 lbHawaii: CDL (Class B) required for the single-vehicle over 26,000 lb; CDL (Class A) required for multiple vehicles with combined weight over 26,000 lbKansas: CDL (Class B) required for the single-vehicle over 26,000 lb; CDL (Class A) required for multiple vehicles with a combined weight of over 26,000 lbNew Mexico: CDL (Class B) required for the single-vehicle over 26,000 lb; CDL (Class A) required for multiple vehicles with a combined weight of over 26,000 lbWashington, D.C.: CDL (Class B) required for the single-vehicle over 26,000 lb; CDL (Class A) required for multiple vehicles with combined weight over 26,000 lbWisconsin: CDL required over 45 feet

What licence type do I need for driving a motorhome?

Doubts about the driving license required for motorhomes are the most common, most first-time users have them and therefore, they are easy to solve. First of all, some aspects of the vehicle must be taken into account, such as the Maximum Authorized Mass.

The MAM is the factor resulting from the sum of the load and the tare of the motorhome. We remember that the tear is the mass of the empty vehicle, that is, without a load of people inside, but with the rest of the tools (butane bottle, water tanks …). 

Knowing this factor we will know what type of license we need to drive the motorhome:

  • As long as the MAM is equal to or less than 3,500kg or 7716 lbs (which happens in most models on the market), the motorhome will be considered a light vehicle, therefore it will only need the driving license B.
  • If the MAM exceeds 7716 lbs you will need the C1 driving license, as the motorhome will be treated as a heavy vehicle.

Is it hard to drive a motorhome?

Experienced motorists tell us that it is not hard to drive a motorhome, however, for a newbie, it could pose a challenge. It is recommended that before driving an RV you familiarize yourself with its dimensions, as you must quickly get used to the vehicle and know in what space you can park or if a road is wide enough to fit on it.

High-end mobile homes can measure 1.90 m wide by 5 to 9 meters long, all depending on the model you choose.

Check that all internal parts are well fastened. Mobile homes have many drawers and compartments, which must be well secured to avoid unwanted accidents, likewise, check well that all doors are properly closed, that everything is well secured so that nothing causes harm to the driver and his passengers.

Everything that is inside the motorhome is usually heavy, such as the beds, the refrigerator, the kitchen, so, before driving the motorhome, try to balance the loads or weights, so that it does not wobble on the road, but remain stable. 

The bottom line

Now that you know the types of driving licenses you need for motorhomes, all you have to do is ask your dealer what steps you will need to take to get them. 

In addition, with the motorhome rental offers and the facilities for your driving, there are no longer excuses for not hitting the road and enjoying a good trip.

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FAQ on Can I drive a 7.5-tonne motorhome?

What is caravan MAM?

A caravan MAM – Maximum Authorized Mass – is the vehicle’s total weight with the maximum load inside. That is the sum of the payload plus the tare of the caravan.

How much weight can you drive with the B license?

With the B license, you can tow a trailer that does not exceed 750 kg of maximum authorized mass. The set, including the vehicle and the trailer, must not exceed 3,500 kg of maximum authorized mass, which is what the driving license B establishes.

Can I tow a caravan with a C+E licence?

With a C+E licence, you can tow a caravan with a MAM up to 12000 kgs (or 26 455 lbs). In short, if the set of vehicles that you want to drive consists of a tractor vehicle authorized by the C1 permit + a trailer or semi-trailer of more than 750 kilograms of GVW provided that the set does not exceed 12,000 kilograms, you will need a C+E licence. 

How to drive an RV?

To drive an RV, you have to know the following tips:

  1. Know its dimensions. It is as basic as it is fundamental.
  2. Spread the load evenly. 
  3. Avoid overtaking.
  4. Drive at a steady speed. 
  5. If there is a strong wind, slow down. 
  6. Use the side mirrors. 
  7. Do not leave loose items inside.

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