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CDL Necessity/confusion?

I have called penndot (6x) in the past 3 days, and gotten 4 different answers out of those 6 calls. I've also called a local notary and have received conflicting answers there as well.

Either I am not explaining things correctly, or the individuals I have called simply don't know what they are talking about - I'm sure someone/multiple on here will have a correct answer.

I currently own a 2005 F350 6.0/Manual Transmission [drw], towing a 44 foot gooseneck with triple 7k axles; leaving a gross weight on the trailer of 21,000 (at max capacity)

My question is - Is a Class A CDL required?

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I have called penndot (6x) in the past 3 days, and gotten 4 different answers out of those 6 calls. I've also called a local notary and have received conflicting answers there as well.

Either I am not explaining things correctly, or the individuals I have called simply don't know what they are talking about - I'm sure someone/multiple on here will have a correct answer.

I currently own a 2005 F350 6.0/Manual Transmission [drw], towing a 44 foot gooseneck with triple 7k axles; leaving a gross weight on the trailer of 21,000 (at max capacity)

My question is - Is a Class A CDL required?
Yes it is.

21,000 GVWR (trailer) + ??,??? GVWR (truck) is 26,001 or greater inclusive of a trailer over 10k GVWR.

Obviously your trucks GVWR is north of 5k.

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CLASS A: A Class A license is issued to those persons 18 years of age or older who have demonstrated their qualifications to operate any combination of vehicles with a gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more, provided the gross vehicle weight rating of the vehicle or vehicles being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
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Combination vehicle (Group 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).
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As long as your trailer is a gooseneck not a fith wheel you can have a restricted class a but u might as well get a full class a.


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As long as your trailer is a gooseneck not a fith wheel you can have a restricted class a but u might as well get a full class a.
WTF you talking about Willis.
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WTF you talking about Willis.
Just like I said it I got busted by dot for not having a full class a and towing a fith wheel trailer


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Just like I said it I got busted by dot for not having a full class a and towing a fith wheel trailer


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You should have explained yourself better.

What state are you in that has a 5th restriction? We don't have them here. A gooseneck or tag trailer can get you a full class A.

Since when is a gooseneck not considered a 5th as far a DL goes anyway?
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