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Old 08-22-2012, 08:02 PM   #1
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NYS RV "R" endorsement road test

I took my road test in Batavia, NY this am, the evaluator had me pull away from the curb and make a right turn, then 3 more right turns..."i said if you wanted me to go left i could have just turned left." He just looked at me...... So I continued, finally made a left, stopped backed up and then parked. He got up handed me a slip and said good to go, " we never did an RV around here before, i wasn't sure you were going to make those turns". So now I'm legal...of course NYS wanted their $17.50 for the effort and $10 for the permit.
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:15 PM   #2
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I took my road test in Batavia, NY this am, the evaluator had me pull away from the curb and make a right turn, then 3 more right turns..."i said if you wanted me to go left i could have just turned left." He just looked at me...... So I continued, finally made a left, stopped backed up and then parked. He got up handed me a slip and said good to go, " we never did an RV around here before, i wasn't sure you were going to make those turns". So now I'm legal...of course NYS wanted their $17.50 for the effort and $10 for the permit.
WOW - $27.50 and now you are legal and NYS is $27.50 richer. Sounds like another legal rip off to me.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:37 PM   #3
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Scokat, I haven't gotten legal yet. I've only driven my rig for the last two years with a regular license. I guess I'll have to break down and take the test. The test is given here in Orchard Park so I don't have to go far.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:08 PM   #4
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WOW - $27.50 and now you are legal and NYS is $27.50 richer. Sounds like another legal rip off to me.
And that surprises you?
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:35 PM   #5
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Huh a certificate to pull or drive an rv .
Never heard of such a thing.

Do you Have to go through weigh scales to ?

Any other requirements ?

If you have a class a cdl does that work instead of r certificate ?
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:36 PM   #6
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WOW - $27.50 and now you are legal and NYS is $27.50 richer. Sounds like another legal rip off to me.

This is our costs:
The knowledge test costs $15 and the road test $50 for anyone under 65 years old. Thereís also a $75 fee for your new 5 year photo driverís licence. Your doctor may also charge a fee for the completion of a medical report.

Yup, a rip off.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:39 PM   #7
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And that surprises you?
No not really considering it is a NYS requirement.
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Huh a certificate to pull or drive an rv .
Never heard of such a thing.

Do you Have to go through weigh scales to ?

Any other requirements ?

If you have a class a cdl does that work instead of r certificate ?
f1100turbo, you wouldn't believe how expensive it is in NY state even to just visit, let alone living there. Simply unbelievable the fees, taxes, tolls, etc. are ridiculous and I just went there for Lockheed on business about every month. Don't know how anyone retires there on a limited income.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:55 PM   #9
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f1100turbo, you wouldn't believe how expensive it is in NY state even to just visit, let alone living there. Simply unbelievable the fees, taxes, tolls, etc. are ridiculous and I just went there for Lockheed on business about every month. Don't know how anyone retires there on a limited income.
I can only second that. We went home to upstate NY in April and were amazed at all of the tolls, taxes and other fees as mentioned here.

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.
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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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