Summer Safety Trailer Tips

Before you tow a trailer for the first time, check with the dealer to determine the towing capacity of the towing vehicle, and what extra towing equipment you may need — such as heavy duty shocks and springs or a transmission cooler. Registration fees and premiums are based on the class and type of trailer and should be determined prior to towing.

Heavy Trailer - Exceeding 4,600 KG

You may need a Heavy Trailer G Endorsement added to your drivers licence to pull a heavy trailer. If the combined weight of the trailer and its contents exceed 4,600 kg (10,000 lbs), it qualifies as a Class 1 unit.

Boat Trailers

Boat trailers are not always registered as utility trailers. If the GVW of the trailer and the load is greater than 1,360 kg (3,000 lbs), the trailer body style on the registration must be indicated as a transport trailer.

Pulling Trailers Or Vehicles Behind A Motorhome

  • You will need to increase the registered gross vehicle weight (GVW) on the motorhome. The registration fee for the motorhome depends on the registered GVW. Failure to display the proper GVW may result in a ticket from the Police.
  • You are able to drive a motorhome on a Class 5 (or higher) driver's licence. However, if the motorhome is equipped with air brakes, you will need to have an air brake endorsement added to your driver's licence.
  • A motorhome towing another vehicle must have operational brakes on the towed vehicle if the towed vehicle exceeds 40% of the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the motorhome, with the towed vehicle weight not to exceed 2,000 kg (4,409 lb). This rule also applies when using a tow dolly.

For ball-type hitches, the ball diameter should be:

Weight of Trailer and Load Ball Diameter
up to 900 kg (2,000 lb) 47 mm (1 7/8 inches)
up to 2,270 kg (5,000 lb) 51.2 mm (2 inches)
up to 4,540 kg (10,000 lb) 58 mm (2 5/16 inches)

When not in use, the trailer hitch shall not extend the bumper of the vehicle more than 225 mm or 9 inches.

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