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Towing behind an RV in British Columbia

by Steve Pally

Planning to visit British Columbia? This Canadian Province has very specific regulations governing towing a vehicle behind a motorhome. The most recent version of the regulations are listed below.

  • All trailers and towing dollies (car dollies) must have brakes on all wheels when the gross vehicle weight (GVW) of the (trailer/dolly/load) exceed 1,400 kg (3,086 pounds). All trailers with brakes must have a breakaway device hooked to the trailer brake system.

    • Surge brakes may be used up to a towed gvw of 2,800 kg (6,173 pounds).
    • From 2,800 kg and up, the towed vehicle brakes must be able to be applied by the driver of the tow vehicle.

  • Only one (1) trailer may be towed at a time; a car dolly with car is regarded as one trailer.
  • Motorhomes (only) may tow motor vehicles via a tow bar without brakes hooked up on the towed vehicle, when the towed vehicle's laden weight (weight of towed vehicle and its load) is: (a) less than 2,000 kg (4,409 pounds), and (b) less than 40 percent of the gross vehicle weight rating (gvwr) of the motorhome towing it.
  • Motor vehicles with a laden weight of 2,000 kg and over, which are towed by a motorhome, must have brakes and a breakaway device hooked up.
  • All vehicles being towed via a ball hitch must have safety chain(s) or cable(s).
  • A recreational vehicle towed via a fifth wheel hook-up does not require safety chains or cables.
  • All vehicles being towed must have lights connected to the towed vehicle.
  • Maximum total overall width for recreational vehicles is 2.6 metres (8 feet 6 inches).
  • Maximum total length for a towed recreational vehicle is 12.5 metres (41 feet).
  • Maximum overall length for a combination of vehicles is 20.0 metres (65.6 feet).


The above information was correct at the time of publishing. To ensure you have the most current information, contact:

MOTOR VEHICLE BRANCH
COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT AND INSPECTION DEPARTMENT
2631 DOUGLAS STREET
VICTORIA
BRITISH COLUMBIA
CANADA V8T 5A3
TELEPHONE: (250) 387-6634
FAX: (250) 356-8986