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I am working to determine the total weight, dry and loaded, of our new boat which will be arriving this spring. Most of that data I am able to get from the manufacturer or dealership. Unfortunately, our current SUV is not rated high enough to pull the new boat. That in turn means we will eventually have to buy a new vehicle – I am researching several to determine their towing capacity. For this summer, since we have a slip at our local marina, we may simply rent a full sized truck to tow for those few needed occasions.
However, before we purchase a new vehicle, I want to ensure that I am within all safety and legal towing requirements for BC highways and city streets. The new boat trailer has a tandem axel, with compression style brakes. The dry weight is 4,450 lbs., the trailer is approximately 700, there is no water holding tank or bilge, and assuming no gear on board, and assuming there is very little fuel in the tank, that totals roughly 5150 lbs. Now my questions:
- Let’s assume I use a vehicle that has a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs, and tow the vehicle, at a speed of 50 kph, within the city, from the boat launch1 kilometre on a flat road, to a car wash to clean it. Is there a significant safety or mechanical risk?
- From a legal perspective, what fines or penalties would be applied for doing so?
- From a legal perspective, is there any difference in fines or penalties while on city streets as opposed to a highway?