RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
RV Accident Law Firm

With more and more people taking to the road, the number of recreational vehicles on our roads is increasing. Inexperienced drivers who operate oversized vehicles such as motor homes are a potential danger to other automobiles on our roads.

Depending upon the weight class:

What’s the difference between a Class A, Class B and a Class C motor home?

If you have a…you may drive…and you may tow…
Class A

license

  • any legal combination of vehicles under Classes B and C
  • any single vehicle with a GVWR of more than 10,000 lbs.
  • more than one vehicle, with endorsement.
  • any trailer bus with endorsement.
  • any vehicle under Classes B or C.
Noncommercial

Class A license

  • all vehicles under Class C.
  • a travel trailer weighing over 10,000 lbs. GVWR or 5th wheel travel trailer weighing over 15,000 lbs. GVWR when the trailer is not used for hire (pay or other compensation).

NOTE: Any 2 axle vehicle weighing less than 4,000 lbs. unladen cannot tow any vehicle or trailer over 6,000 lbs. gross (VC §21715).

NEW:

  • A farmer or employee of a farmer may drive any combination of vehicles with a Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) of 26,000 lbs. or less if used exclusively in agricultural operations and it is not for hire or compensation.
Class B

license

  • any single vehicle with a GVWR of more than 26,000 lbs.
  • a 3-axle vehicle.
  • any bus (except a trailer bus), with endorsement.
  • any farm labor vehicle, with endorsement.
  • all vehicles under Class C.
  • a single vehicle with a GVWR of 10,000 lbs. or less.
Class C

license

  • any 2-axle vehicle with a GVWR of 26,000 lbs. or less
  • any 3-axle vehicle weighing 6,000 lbs. or less gross
  • any house car.
  • a single vehicle with a GVWR of 10,000 lbs. or less including a tow dolly, if used.
  • with a vehicle weighing 4,000 lbs. or more unladen, a trailer coach or 5th wheel travel trailer under 10,000 lbs. GVWR when towing is not for compensation.
  • with a vehicle weighing 4,000 lbs. or more unladen, a 5th wheel travel trailer exceeding 10,000 lbs. but under 15,000 lbs. GVWR, when towing is not compensation and with endorsement.

NOTE: No passenger vehicle regardless of weight, may tow more than one vehicle.

Class C

commercial license

any Class C vehicle carrying hazardous materials which requires placards. The hazardous materials (HAZMAT) endorsement must be on the license. Driver who transport hazardous wastes, as defined by Health & Safety Code §25115 and §25117 are also required to have the HAZMAT endorsement.the same vehicles listed in Class C.
Class M1 licenseany 2-wheel motorcycle or motor driven cycle.a motorcycle trailer.
Class M2 licenseany motorized bicycle, or moped, or any bicycle with an attached motor.a motorcycle trailer.
Type of VehicleExplanationWhich Class of License Required
Conventional-these vary in size from 13 to 35 feet. Most can be towed with a small size vehicle. A larger model may require a heavier pickup or van as the towing vehicle.Any class except M1/M2. See the License Class chart.
Fifth-wheel-is coupled to the towing vehicle (usually a pickup truck) with a hitch centered over the vehicle’s rear axle. Fifth-wheels vary in length from 17 to 40 feet.Any class except M1/M2. See the License Class chart.
Folding Camping Trailer-has collapsible sides that are folded down for compact travel and unfolded at a campsite. Most can be towed by an average size vehicle.Any class except M1/M2. See the License Class chart.
Motor home-divided into two types. The larger one is built on a truck chassis with a gasoline or diesel engine and is capable of traveling long distances due to a large fuel capacity. The smaller or mini-motor home is built on a modified van chassis and usually has a section that overhangs the cab.Any class except M1/M2. See the License Class chart.
Van Camper and Conversion-van camper is equipped with most of the amenities found in motor homes, but bed size and space to maneuver are limited. Vehicles usually have a raised roof for additional headroom. A van conversion normally has a bed, dinette, sink, and a small water supply but is not as fully equipped for camping as a van camper.Any class except M1/M2. See the License Class chart.
Truck Camper-a detachable section designed to be transported on a pickup truck. The larger varieties may require trucks with dual-rear wheels. Also called pickup camper or cab over camper.Any class except M1/M2. See the License Class chart.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a passenger in a RV or has been injured in an accident with a Recreational Vehicle in California, contact The Dolan Law Firm for a free initial consultation.

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The Dolan Law Firm

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San Francisco, CA 94102
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Sacramento, CA 95818