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Old 01-14-2016, 06:40 PM   #51
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Thanks for the info Gordon; good to hear I will not have any issues in Canada. As for brakes, yes, we will be using either a AirForce1 or the Roadmaster Invisbrake.



Oh, and hope you don't mind but I'm a Scotch man myself - I will remember to have some Makers Mark in the locker when you stop by the camp though!

I drink Monkeys Shoulder, save me some. Makers Mark will do as a fill in.
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Old 01-14-2016, 06:59 PM   #52
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Sooooooooo......I am looking at the Alabama law:

Driver Licenses - Classes, Endorsements, and Restrictions

Classes:
Class A —Any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more) provided the GVWR of the vehicle(s) being towed is in excess of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds).
Class B —Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 11,794 kilograms or more (26,001 pounds or more), or any such vehicle towing a vehicle not in excess of 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) GVWR.

[Looks like they are talking Berk+TOAD here]

Class C —Any single vehicle, or combination of vehicles, that meets neither the definition of Group A nor that of Group B as contained in this section, but that either is designed to transport 16 or more passengers including the driver, or is used in the transportation of materials found to be hazardous for the purposes of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and which require the motor vehicle to be placarded under the Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR part 172, subpart F).
Class D – Private passenger, regular operator.
Class M – Motorcycle
Class V – Water Vessel

Section 32-6-49.7 - Commercial driver license required; exceptions.
(a) Except when driving with a commercial driver license learner's permit and accompanied by the holder of a commercial driver license valid for the vehicle being driven, no person may drive a commercial motor vehicle on the highways of this state unless the person holds, and is in immediate possession of, a commercial driver license with applicable endorsements valid for the vehicle he or she is driving.
Active duty military or National Guard personnel operating government vehicles, farmers operating certain commercial motor vehicles, firefighters and operators of emergency equipment exempt from licensing provisions of the CMVSA are exempt from this article as detailed in FHWA's "Notice of Final Disposition" published in the Federal Register, September 26, 1988, 53 FR 37313, and as hereafter updated.
Commercial driver license requirements do not apply to drivers of vehicles used for personal use such as recreational vehicles which would otherwise meet the definition of a commercial motor vehicle.

The way I read this is:
1. Yes, the Berk is over 26,001 LBS BUT Section 32-6-49.7(a) negates the requirement of a Class B license.
2. Ergo, I can drive the Berk with a Class D License.
3. License reciprocity in all 48 states mean that, even if I am in a state that requires a CDL (Class C), they will honor Alabama's law that says I do NOT need a CDL to drive my Berk.

To muddy the waters: When we go full time in '18 we will most likely Domicile in TX or SD, which means a NEW License. Anybody have a clue what TX or SD require to drive our Berk?

FINALLY, How about Canada? So we go to BC on our way to Alaska...will the RCMP honor our Alabama Drives license? Gordon seems to indicate the Canadians are much more strict on drivers licenses that we are in the US.

TIA for advice folks!

Here in Texas, no additional license requirements, no state tax......
great place to live

If you are legal to drive in one state, you are legal in all states

One more thing, diesel is a BUCK 69 a gallon here right now!
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Old 01-14-2016, 11:39 PM   #53
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Here in Texas, no additional license requirements, no state tax......
great place to live

If you are legal to drive in one state, you are legal in all states

One more thing, diesel is a BUCK 69 a gallon here right now!
Yeah, you are likely to have a fellow transplanted-Texan when we retire Dennis - Escapees Rainbow's End is based in Livingston...not too far from you (in TX distance )

diesel is going for $1.95 - and I thought we had it good!
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Yeah, you are likely to have a fellow transplanted-Texan when we retire Dennis - Escapees Rainbow's End is based in Livingston...not too far from you (in TX distance )

diesel is going for $1.95 - and I thought we had it good!
And we have room to move around
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And we have room to move around
That's NICE Dennis! How many acres is your house plat?
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That's NICE Dennis! How many acres is your house plat?
big enough to fit I reckon
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Thanks for the info Gordon; good to hear I will not have any issues in Canada. As for brakes, yes, we will be using either a AirForce1 or the Roadmaster Invisbrake.

Oh, and hope you don't mind but I'm a Scotch man myself - I will remember to have some Makers Mark in the locker when you stop by the camp though!
Sorry, I assumed that Alabamans tend to prefer Bourbon. But, I've got to do some research with personal trip to confirm or deny that.

I'm a Scotch man, too. I like smokey Islays.
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Sorry, I assumed that Alabamans tend to prefer Bourbon. But, I've got to do some research with personal trip to confirm or deny that.

I'm a Scotch man, too. I like smokey Islays.
Well we DO have BamaGanza every October - come on down!

Actually, if I was going true to Alabama roots, probably more to the Sour Mash (e.g. Dickel).

Here's some more temptation to come to BamaGanza - on your way down I65, just about every Bourbon, Sour Mash, and Whiskey distillery is just a short jaunt off I65, starting right below Louisville, KY

The Scotch habit was acquired during a 3 year tour in England. I was attached as an exchange to some Scottish units and got first hand tutelage

Like you, I am very partial to Islays; Laphroaig & Ardbeg being my favorite. I don't think they could decant a SMS that is too smoky or peaty for me LOL!
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