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Old 08-23-2012, 07:13 AM   #11
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I know I'll catch a lot of flak about this but, I wish EVERY state would require drivers to be licensed to drive/tow the RV type they have. I also think it needs to be more specific then NYS makes it, i.e. 1 endorsement for TT, 1 for 5th wheel, and 1 for MH's, also size specific, i.e. TT and 5th wheels under 30', another for TT and 5th wheels over 30', also the same for MH's. I've seen way too many perople out there driving/towing with no idea what they're doing. Licensing test should also include a mechanical protion with the examiner inspection the TT hook-up/WD setup, and MH test including Toad and tow bar setup.
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:28 AM   #12
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...The only good thing I can say is that upstate NY contains some beautiful scenery and if you have never been to upstate NY, don't think that all of NY state is like the areas around NYC.
I agree wholeheartedly with B47. Besides the beautiful scenery, it seems like the people are much friendlier!
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:34 AM   #13
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I know I'll catch a lot of flak about this but, I wish EVERY state would require drivers to be licensed to drive/tow the RV type they have. I also think it needs to be more specific then NYS makes it, i.e. 1 endorsement for TT, 1 for 5th wheel, and 1 for MH's, also size specific, i.e. TT and 5th wheels under 30', another for TT and 5th wheels over 30', also the same for MH's. I've seen way too many perople out there driving/towing with no idea what they're doing. Licensing test should also include a mechanical protion with the examiner inspection the TT hook-up/WD setup, and MH test including Toad and tow bar setup.
Also include in the testing some sort of reaction time test. Have seen way too many folks driving MH's especially that can barely walk or in wheel chairs that are driving. Scarey! Even dealers will tell you it is scarey that people that have never driven anything but a car can buy a 42' MH and drive it off the lot with no experience whatsoever.
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:47 AM   #14
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More importantly than an endorsement on your license, there should be a prerequired training course on prior to a driving test. An informative course than explains the who, when, why, what, and how's of driving/hitching/towing with an R/V.
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:19 AM   #15
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I agree wholeheartedly with B47. Besides the beautiful scenery, it seems like the people are much friendlier!
dunnnc is correct here - I forgot to mention the people
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:24 AM   #16
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I know I'll catch a lot of flak about this but, I wish EVERY state would require drivers to be licensed to drive/tow the RV type they have. I also think it needs to be more specific then NYS makes it, i.e. 1 endorsement for TT, 1 for 5th wheel, and 1 for MH's, also size specific, i.e. TT and 5th wheels under 30', another for TT and 5th wheels over 30', also the same for MH's. I've seen way too many perople out there driving/towing with no idea what they're doing. Licensing test should also include a mechanical protion with the examiner inspection the TT hook-up/WD setup, and MH test including Toad and tow bar setup.
lindy - you won't be getting any flak from me on your statement here. I agree with you that it should be a requirement in EVERY state and should be much more intensive that what was reported about the NYS test. If it was a nationwide requirement I would be one of the first to take it.
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:08 AM   #17
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NY is not the only state that requires special licensing for RV's over 40 feet or over 26,000 pounds. It is getting to be more common and is probably a good thing.

Someone mentioned the costs to live here in Upstate NY and what surprises many is that it is cheaper to live here than many states for retirees. There is no tax on Social Security income and your first $20,000 of retirement income is exempt for each person over 59 and a half and government pensions are not taxed at all. No personal property taxes either.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:31 PM   #18
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For what these units cost new, I would like to see dealers get a little more involved- at least have an experienced driver take ones rig for a short spin with them in the passenger seat, so they can see first hand how much wider you need to take corners and how much extra braking distance is required. Then switch seats so the experienced driver can offer advice/ caution.

Another thing I would like to see dealers do and I think would generate some extra business is to hold seminars on how to properly hook-up and utilize everything form a basic hitch to WDH to 5ver.

Just a thought here, with insurance companies always trying to figure out ways to hand out "discounts" to entice people to insure with them I wonder if maybe the manufactures were to get together and design a "RV 101 Safety Course" with certification, insurance companies might reward this with a little price break. I'm thinking with support from suppliers (hitch, axle, tire and the like) on how to properly use and check them, many accidents and safety hazards could be avoided.
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I couldn't disagree more. Sounds like a "hobbie" tax to me. Next thing you know, we'll have to have a license to tow our boats. Once it starts, it doesn't stop.

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I couldn't disagree more. Sounds like a "hobbie" tax to me. Next thing you know, we'll have to have a license to tow our boats. Once it starts, it doesn't stop.

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