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Housecar Boot Camp

If you live in California and purchase a 42’, 43’ or 45’ motor home, the State requires you to obtain a Housecar license. Driving a MotorHome over 40’ without a Housecar license is driving out of class, which is the same as driving without a license!

Noncommercial Class B (45' Housecar) Endorsement Requirements

To obtain an original Housecar license, you must:

  • Complete an application for a driver license (DL 44).

  • Pay the application fee.

  • Submit a Physician's Health Report (DL 546A) signed by your physician dated not more than two years prior to the date of your application.

  • Pass the basic Class C law test (unless you qualified for a Class C license within the past 12 months).

  • Pass the Driver's Examination for 45' Housecar test.

  • Pass a vision test.

  • Perform a vehicle safety check. (See below)

  • Pass a skills test.

  • Pass a driving test.


  • Recreational Vehicles and Noncommercial Class A Trailers Law test. You must pass the law test based on the information contained in this booklet. You may take the test at any DMV field office. You may make an Appointment(s) online at or by calling 1-800-777-0133, DMV's 24/7 voice recognition service.

  • Vehicle safety check. The DMV examiner will assist you in checking the proper operation of your vehicle's turn signals, brake lights, horn, emergency flashers, and brake system. Inoperative, missing, or unsafe equipment will result in postponing the driving test.

  • Skills tests. Skills tests are designed to demonstrate your skill in stopping, backing in a straight line, completing a right turn around a cone or marker, and backing into a camping space. You may make an Appointment(s) online at or by calling 1-800-777-0133, DMV's 24/7 voice recognition service.

  • Driving test. The driving test includes entering and exiting a freeway, freeway driving with lane changes, right and left turns into one-way and two-way traffic, railroad crossings, driving on a grade or steep hill, etc. You may make an appointment by calling 1-800-777-0133. Online appointments are not available for driving tests.

  • Physician's Health Report. A Physician's Health Report (DL 546A) form signed by your physician is required and must be given to DMV for review and approval before your license is issued and then every two years after that. The Health Report expires two years from the examination date. Failure to maintain a valid Health Report form with DMV will mean that your license is valid only for Class C and, if endorsed, for Class M1 or M2 vehicles. The Health Report forms are available online at

45' Housecar with Air Brakes

You are not required to pass an air brake law test or to perform an air brake system check if your housecar is equipped with air brakes. You will be asked to perform a Vehicle Safety Check which the DMV examiner will help you.

45' Housecar Endorsement Refusal

If you cannot pass the 45' housecar driving test because of lack of skill you will be denied the 45' housecar endorsement. You may request a hearing if you are denied this endorsement. Ask the DMV employee to send a request to the Driver Safety Actions unit in Sacramento. You will then be sent a letter advising you of your hearing rights.

  1. Pass a Skills Test

  2. Pass a Road Test

  3. Critical Driving Errors

  • Intervention by examiner

  • Strikes object/curb

  • Disobeys traffic sign, signal or law

  • Disobeys safety personnel

  • Dangerous maneuvers

  • Speeding

  • Auxiliary equipment use

  • Lane violation

We will walk you through every part of the test procedure so you'll know what to expect. We take the worry out of the process and make the Housecar license much easier to attain! Call us today to setup your appointment for Housecar Boot Camp. Toll Free 1-866-976-7878

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We want to thank you for your service. Your help and friendship has made a positive impact on our organization as now we have two licensed drivers to ensure our production goals.

We feel customer service is the back bone of any business and RV Basic Training LLC is a great example of the highest form of excellent business practice. Thank you again for all of your help.

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RV’s are big. And scary

I drive a Jeep Wrangler. It is small. It fits about anywhere I want to take it or park it. RV’s are big. And scary. And are limited where they will fit, where you can park them, and where you can drive them. Needless to say I WAS scared, maybe even terrified to drive the thing.

A few years back when we started researching our dream to be fulltime RV’ers we attended a Life on Wheels seminar. While eating lunch at table with another couple, I asked the wife if she drove the RV too. “Of course!” was her answer. “Really???” I responded.

That is when the husband chimed in and said that she had attended an “RV driving school” and was better than he at driving and could do things with the RV that he could not. Hmmm.

Now that the RV is sitting in the driveway I figured, I guess it is time for me to go to school. I searched the web and found and sent off an email to see if I could get scheduled for “Boot Camp”. The nice thing about this company is that the trainer comes to you not the other way around. Which is nice if you aren’t comfortable driving the RV in the first place.

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Wendy and instructor Randall – the hat is hiding all the hair he pulled out while teaching me ;)(kidding)

 Randal was our instructor and I have to say he is a very calm and patient trainer. He explained everything very clearly before having me do the driving exercises.

We spent the morning in a parking lot while he taught me where my tires are how to center my RV in the roadway, how to back into a campsite, left turns right turns….and get this….how to parallel park the RV. Yeah, parallel park the RV! It was not as hard as I had anticipated. Once he helped me establish reference points, it wasn’t bad!

After that it was on to the open road. We started with the highway. By the time we were done with that part, I was comfortable with how the RV drove and handled. We went on and off the ramps and I got better at slowing and stopping smoothly. Then it was time to go home and do some in town driving. That was a little more scary because of all those little cars!. But I managed not to hit anyone, take out any telephone poles or fire hydrants.

With John and Randall’s help, I even backed it into our driveway with very little problems. Can’t wait to get my certificate of “graduation”! I HIGHLY recommend RV Boot camp!!


Air Brake Test Explained:

Most commercial vehicles and large diesel housecars use Air Brakes to stop. As part of the Pre-trip inspection test for a CDL, a driver must demonstrate knowledge of how an Air Brake system works and how to check it. Noncommercial Class B applicants are not required to pass this portion of the test, but all Class B Boot Camp Grads will be proficient in the Air Brake Test.

To check an Air Brake system, the driver is expected to perform an in-cab air check or as it is known in California, 
A COLA check.air breaks system rvbasic

C stands for COMPRESSOR CUT IN: The Governor will cause the air compressor to Cut In and start pumping, when the pressure in the system drops to between 85 – 105 psi, as indicated by the air gauges. When the air gauge needles rise the driver knows the air compressor pump is working.

O stands for COMPRESSOR CUT OUT: The air compressor, shown in the diagram above will pump air until the system is fully charged, 120 – 130 psi, at which time the Governor will cut out the pump and you will hear an air blow off. (Psssh).

L stands for LOW AIR WARNING: All Air Brake equipped vehicles are required by law to have an audible and a light warning system to alert the driver, should air pressure fall to 55 – 75 psi. This is important information for the driver because if the air pressure were to fall below 45 psi, the brakes in the vehicle will immediately be fully applied!

A stands for APPLIED AIR LEAKAGE TEST: The purpose of this test is to ensure the system is secure and has no leaks. With a fully charged air system and the vehicle securely parked, the driver releases the parking brake, turns off the engine, presses and holds the brake pedal to the floor for 1 minute, making sure the system does not lose more than 3 psi. When finished, the driver indicates to the examiner there was no air pressure loss and applies the parking brake.


Parking Brake Test, with the parking brake on, put the coach in gear to see if it holds.

Service Brake Test, release all brakes pull coach forward about five feet, apply service brake making sure the coach stops smooth with no pulls in either direction.

Test Your RV Knowledge

At our Keep Safe Driving Seminars, we begin by determining what our audience knows about the operation of large vehicles. See if you need to learn more about driving your RV, test your RV knowledge.

  1. How wide is an Interstate freeway lane?
  2.  In your State, what is the maximum width an RV can be?
  3.  In your State, what is the maximum legal height a vehicle can be?
  4. If your motor home is over 40 feet, what do you require?
  5. What is the weight of your RV?
  6. What is the height of your RV?
  7. What is Off-Track?
  8. In your State, what is the maximum combined length of your truck and RV?
  9. Can you tow more than one vehicle in your State?
  10. When towing, what is the legal speed limit in your State?
  11. What is a Gator
  12. What is an easy way to keep your RV centered in the lane?
  13. Why is it important to adjust your mirrors?
  14. What is the easiest way to get more miles per gallon?
  15. If you double your speed, your stopping distance increases by...
  16. If you double your weight, your stopping distance increases by...
  17. If you double weight and speed, stopping distance increases by...
  18. Name the primary braking system when descending a steep hill?
  19. If you're in high wind conditions, what should you do?
  20. If there are 3 lanes, in which lane should an RV travel?
  21. When stopping in urban traffic, how must space should you leave between your vehicle and the one in front of you?
  22. On the freeway, how far ahead should you scan the road?
  23. When driving on the freeway, how many seconds should there be between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you?
  24. At 55 MPH, how many feet will you travell in 1/2 a secound?
  25. If your vehicle has air brakes, why is this figure important? Explain the COLA check?

If you didn't know many of the answers, your not alone. At our Keep Safe -RV DRIVER seminars very few non-commercial drivers know the answer's.

RV Boot Camp

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The cost for RV BOOT CAMP is $450.00 
for a full day of training.

Because our Trainers travel to you,There can be a Travel Fee*
*Travel Fee is negotiated by your Trainer to cover direct travel expenses

Driving an RV is Easy...Let Us show you how!

Learn what every Commercial Driver MUST know,
And every RV Driver SHOULD know!

If you’ve recently purchased an RV and find driving a STRESSFUL experience,
RV BOOT CAMP is the Learning Experience for you!

What Will You Learn?

You will receive one-on-one instruction in your RV, with a Professional Driver / Trainer.  Your experience begins with classroom instruction and progresses thru to driving in the Country, City and on the freeway. We show you the “tricks” Professional Drivers use to keep safe.

RV BOOT CAMP Curriculum includes:

  1. Understanding the RV Difference
  2. The Pre-Trip Inspection
  3.  Adjusting the Mirrors
  4. Four Basic Driving Skills
  5. Using Reference Points
  6. Understanding Rear Swing Out
  7. What is Off Track
  8. Stopping / Following Distance
  9. Three Driving Challenges
  10. Defensive Driving Techniques

When you complete RV BOOT CAMP, you receive a FREE copy of the RV Basic Training Motor Home Driving Tips Manual and a Certificate of Completion, Level One Boot Camp.


  • RV BOOT CAMP is held in your RV, WE COME TO YOU!
  • What Does It Cost?

Prices start as low as $450.00 for a full day RV BOOT CAMP training session.

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If your organization operates mobile clinics, how comfortable are your drivers?

To make driving large vehicles easy; all your drivers need is RV Mobile Clinic Boot Camp!

Have your drivers feel this good about driving their Mobile Clinic

Call today to book your one-on-one training session. Toll Free Phone: 1-866-976-7878

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