RV weights

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  1. si sketch and sheryle

    si sketch and sheryle Read Only Funster

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    Hi

    Thinking of changing our fifth wheeler for a A class american RV and am now concerned about whether I am able to drive it on my 1969 license.

    I have heard that despite these type of vehicles (over 7.5Ton) being non commercial, I might need to get an HGV license. Is this correct?

    If I do, how much roughly would it cost?

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    Hello

    Be careful of the weights you are quoting - the licence limit is 7500Kgs which is a tad less that 7½ tons.

    However, if you want to drive an RV OVER 7500kgs you will need a 'C' Licence - it will take you about a week of lessons plus the test - plus you need to pay for a Doctor's medical at £80 or so plus the various other tests - all together it will cost you around £1000 - plus another similar sum if you want to tow your car behind it!

    Mind you, by that time you wil be qualified to drive a full-blown Articulated Lorry - so you can always take on a part-time job should you need the money!

    For exact details see <here>
     
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    Hi
    Check out www.direct.gov.uk look under driving motorhome.

    Costs vary from area to area for LGV training (old HGV) i would allow between £750-£1000.00 plus VAT. Also depends on how many days training you require.

    You would need to do C (Rigid) then pay again to do C+E (Artic)

    Ant & Debs
     
  4. G2EWS

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    Or you could always buy below the magic 7 1/2 tons! My Winnebago Itasca Suncruiser just sold was below the weight limit.

    Basically if it is an A class with slid out then the chances are it will be above 7 1/2 tons. Only a guideline I hasten to add.

    Regards

    Chris
     
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    thats going to make you at least 57 years, which is fine, but if you are nearer 70 you could run into problems renewing your C1 licence when you do reach 70.

    stricter medical i believe :Sad:

    without the C1 it will revert to B class and you can only drive 3500kg gross.
     
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    you may not be an articulated driver you could have c+e restricted to drawbar trailers .or ou could take a test that restricts to 12,oookg .be carefull many think they have what they havnt.
    why change from a 5er. better to change to a under 3.5ookg unit then you can pull much more than 7,500kg and atrailer of 750kg .
    c1+e is restricted to 8.250 train .b+e under 3,5 is only restricted by the towing unit ,this maybe alot more than 8,250kg. cheers alan.
     
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