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That depends. If it's a commercial use vehicle and the Gross Combination Weight Rating of the two vehicles is in excess of 26,000 lbs., then yes. If it's something like an RV trailer being used for personal recreational use, then no. The length of the trailer is irrelevant.

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Q: When towing a 40 ft trailer do you need a cdl?
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