RV's

Information concerning the use of recreation vehicles and equipment.

The Importance of a Trailer Pre-Trip Inspection

Boat TrailerOne of the more eye-opening exercises that I used to conduct at this time of the year was to park my police vehicle at the brake check and wave in vehicles pulling boat trailers for a mechanical inspection. I had learned that boat trailers were often the most poorly maintained of all recreational trailers and there were often serious safety defects to be found. A simple pre-trip inspection by the driver would have found them easily and made sure that the trip would be a safe one.

How Heavy is Your Camper?

Truck and CamperOne of my friends stopped to visit last weekend and showed me his truck and camper. You should write about this because people need to know how to be safe he said. He had switched from a one ton truck with single rear tires to one with dual rear tires. It made a big difference in stability and gave him a larger margin between the actual weight and the maximum weight allowed for the vehicle.

Transporting Propane and Other Flammable Gasses

Propane TankToday's explosion in West Vancouver left a car barely recognizable, injured passers by and did damage to many nearby buildings. The owner of the car left a leaking cylinder of acetylene gas inside and the windows and doors closed. The tiny spark generated by the electric door locks was enough to trigger what amounted to a bomb.

VIDEO - How to Hitch Your Travel Trailer

video iconThis is an interesting 5 minute video explaining how to connect your tow vehicle to your RV using an equalizer hitch. The only addition that I would make to it would be to cross the safety chains under the tongue of the trailer so that if the hitch fails the tongue falls onto the crossed chains instead of digging into the roadway and causing more mayhem!

House Trailer Endorsement

Large RV TrailerAh, summertime! Let's get the RV out of storage and plan some serious recreation. Regardless of the length of your planned road trip, operating an RV safely and legally will maximize your pleasure and head off trouble before it happens.

Special Trailer Tires

TireMost of the people on my RV forum have moved away from ST tires to LT tires. They claim these tires have a higher reserve load capacity, better construction and much lower failure rate. The failure rate of ST tires appears to be substantially higher. My tire guy says if I get pulled over by traffic enforcement I will be fined for illegal tires. Have you heard of this?

RECREATION VEHICLES - Truck Tractor RV's Exempt from Semi Annual Inspection

RV SemiB.C.'s Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement Circular 05-11 announces that truck tractors used for non-commercial purposes licensed for pleasure use under specified rate classes are exempt from periodic inspections required by the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program (CVIP).

Surge Brakes

Surge Brake"Oh yeah, I know the trailer brakes are working, I could feel them grabbing on the hill!" To me, this was almost as reliable as "The cheque's in the mail!" when it came to testing trailers with surge brakes at the roadside. This driver used the wrench I offered him to show me that there was no brake fluid in the master cylinder of the surge brake. Surprise!

NEWS - Guide to RV GVWR, Brakes and Drivers Licence

Here's a handy document produced by the Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement people who are part of the BC Ministry of Transportation. It explains how to determine the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, Brake and Driver's Licence requirements for various types of RV.

Operating RVs with Propane On

Propane CylinderIs there a law in BC about leaving the propane appliances in my RV running while I am driving? I already know that I have to turn the propane off when I get on BC Ferries but I want to be sure that I can use it otherwise.

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