Do i need a cdl?

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  1. artvandalay

    artvandalay Bobtail Member

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    I currently have my cdl a for > 26000 and combination vehicle. If I wanted to buy a medium duty truck without airbrakes and use a fifth wheel trailer, would I need to have more restrictions removed?
     
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  3. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    no, just drive.

    you do not want to "remove" something off your current CDL-A, unless you had an automatic restriction, and then you'd need a road test in a manual trans truck. so that you can then drive manual trans trucks.
     
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  4. singlescrewshaker

    singlescrewshaker Road Train Member

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    Am I reading this right..
    You have a CDL A for less than 26,001 lbs.?

    How is that even possible. My understanding of class A is combination greater than 26,001lb, while towing a trailer over 10,001lbs..

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  5. Espressolane

    Espressolane Road Train Member

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    OK, it was not just me. Said nothing about restrictions.
     
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  6. artvandalay

    artvandalay Bobtail Member

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    I've been out of school for awhile, but I was always taught ">" was greater than. If I'm wrong Ill delete my account and never post here again.
     
  7. Scoot 1971

    Scoot 1971 Light Load Member

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    The " greater than and less than" symbols point in opposite directions. If the pointed end is facing the #, it is less than. If the open end is pointed at the #, it is greater than.
    Of course the symbol should always be in front of the # or value. So , > in front of, or to the left of # is lesser than. <, would be greater than. Most folks get this wrong.
     
  8. Bakari742

    Bakari742 Road Train Member

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    I’m sooooo confused. The OP was right though
     
  9. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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    You are not providing enough information. One piece of information I need is what restrictions do you currently have? Air brake? Automatic Transmission? Intrastate only? etc! The planned size and weight of that trailer would also help.
     
  10. Concorde

    Concorde Heavy Load Member

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    Sounds like OP has a CDL B...never mind.. I got confused also.

    back to my morning coffee
     
  11. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    If you have a class A, keep it. Just because its not required, doesnt mean you cant have it. In other words, just because your between jobs for example, doesnt mean you have to give up a class A to drive a car. With any class licence, you can drive anything UP TO & including that class vehicle.

    So, keep the class A & drive the smaller truck. Then if you ever want to go back to a class A, you dont have to change anything or go re-test etc to get your class A back.
     
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