Towing  regulationsTowing regulations!  The towing regulations provided below were in effect in early 2000 and are subject to change periodically. We suggest you check with your RV dealer or the appropriate government regulatory body for current legal regulations before you hit the road. Additional towing information is provided in our towing tips page.

Alberta Maximum trailer width: 2.6 meters (8 feet 5 inches). Mobile living accommodations - 3.05 meters (10 feet)

Maximum trailer height: 3.85 meters (12 feet 6 inches)

Maximum trailer length: 12.5 meters (41 feet)

Vehicle combinations permitted? Up to 3 vehicles total

Maximum combined length: 20 meters
(66 feet)

Lighting: Two tail, two brake and license plate lights are required. Turn signals, clearance and side markers also required.

Brakes: If gross laden weight of trailer is 909kg (2,004lbs) or over, or if gross trailer weight is over half that of the unit, independent braking system is required.

Safety chain(s) required: Yes

Other: Two side view mirrors are required on towing vehicles where rear view is obstructed by the trailer. Riding is allowed in truck campers.

Additional information:
Alberta Transportation and Utilities
Twin Atria Building
4999-98 Ave.
Edmonton    AB    T6B 2X3



British-
Columbia
Maximum trailer width: 2.6 meters (8 feet 5 inches)

Maximum trailer height: 4.15 meters (13 feet 6 inches)

Maximum trailer length: 12.5 meters (41 feet)

Vehicle combinations permitted? Up to 2 vehicles total

Maximum combined length: 20 meters
(66 feet)

Lighting: Tail, brake and license plate lights are required. Turn signals are needed if the towing vehicle's signals are obstructed. Reflectors are needed. If the trailer is over 2.05meters (6 feet 7 inches) wide, two red clearance lamps on each side of the rear are required, as are two amber clearance lights near the front.

Brakes: Independent braking system required where gross weight exceeds 1,400kg (3,087lbs) or one-half licensed weight of towing vehicle.

Safety chain(s) required: Yes

Additional information:
Insurance Corporation of British Columbia
Commercial Transport and Inspection
Box 3750
Victoria   BC   V8W 3Y5



Manitoba Maximum trailer width: 2.6 meters (8 feet 5 inches)

Maximum trailer height: 4.15 meters (13 feet 6 inches)

Maximum trailer length: 12.5 meters (41 feet)

Vehicle combinations permitted (5th wheel combinations only)? Up to 3 vehicles total

Vehicle combinations permitted (non 5th wheel combinations)? Up to 2 vehicles total


Maximum combined length for 2 vehicles: 21.5 meters
(71 feet)


Maximum combined length for 3 vehicles: 23 meters (75 feet 5 inches)


Lighting:
Tail, brake and license plate lights are required, as are turn signals and reflectors.

Brakes: Independent braking system required where gross weight exceeds 910kg (2,007lbs).

Safety chain(s) required: Yes

Other: Interior and left exterior mirrors are needed when towed loads are wider than the towing vehicle. Riding is allowed in truck campers. Open propane cylinders are not allowed while traveling on highways.

Additional information:
Vehicle Standards and Inspections
1075 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg   MB   R3G OS1


New-
Brunswick

Maximum trailer width: 2.6 meters (8 feet 5 inches)

Maximum trailer height: 4.15 meters (13 feet 6 inches)

Maximum trailer length: 12.5 meters (41 feet)

Vehicle combinations permitted ? Up to 2 vehicles total

Maximum combined length: 23 meters
(75 feet 5 inches)

Lighting:
Tail, brake, clearance lights and side markers and license plate lights are required. Reflectors are also required. Turn signals are only needed when those of the towing unit are obstructed by the trailer.

Brakes: Independent braking system required where gross weight exceeds 1.5 tons (1,500kg or 3,308 lbs).

Safety chain(s) required: Yes

Other: Mirrors must give unobstructed view 60 meters (197 feet) to rear. Overnight camping is only allowed in rest areas where posted. All RV's are required to have flares or reflective signs and a fire extinguisher.

Additional information:
Department of Public Safety
Licensing and Driver Records
PO Box 6000
Fredericton   NB   E3B 5H1



Newfoundland Maximum trailer width: 2.6 meters (8 feet 5 inches)

Maximum trailer height: 4.1 meters (13 feet 5 inches)

Maximum trailer length: 12.5 meters (41 feet)

Vehicle combinations permitted? Up to 2 vehicles total

Maximum combined length: 23 meters
(75 feet 5 inches)

Lighting: Tail, brake and license plate lights are required. Turn signals (unless trailer is less than 30 inches in width) and reflectors are also needed. Clearance lights are needed if the trailer is more than 2.05 meters (6 feet 7 inches) in width or the trailer is more than 6 meters in length.

Brakes: Independent braking system needed where gross weight exceeds 4,500kg (9,923lbs) or two or more axles are used on the trailer.

Safety chain(s) required: Yes

Other: Riding is allowed in truck campers, 5th wheel trailers and travel trailers. Overnight camping is not allowed in rest areas unless posted.

Additional information:
Department of Government Services & Lands
Motor Registration Division
PO Box 8710
St-Johns   NF   A1B 4J5



Northwest
Territories
Maximum trailer width: 2.6 meters (8 feet 5 inches)

Maximum trailer height: 4.15 meters (13 feet 6 inches)

Maximum trailer length: 12.5 meters (41 feet)

Vehicle combinations permitted? Up to 2 vehicles total

Maximum combined length: 21 meters
(69 feet)

Lighting:
Two tail and two brake lights are required. Turn signals also required.

Brakes:
Brakes required if gross laden weight of trailer is 1,360kg (2,999 lbs) or over, or if gross laden weight of trailer exceeds 50% of gross laden weight of towing vehicle.

Safety chain(s) required: N/A

Other: Two side view mirrors are required on a towing vehicle when the rear view is obstructed by the trailer. Riding in truck campers permitted at speeds below 30 km/h. Overnight camping in rest areas is allowed.

Additional information:
Department of Transportation
Road Licensing & Safety Division
4510 Franklin Ave.
Yellowknife   NT   X1A 2L9


Nova Scotia Maximum trailer width: 2.6 meters (8 feet 5 inches)

Maximum trailer height: 4.15 meters (13 feet 6 inches)

Maximum trailer length: 14.65 meters (48 feet 1 inch)

Vehicle combinations permitted? Up to 2 vehicles total

Maximum combined length: 23 meters
(75 feet 5 inches)

Lighting:
If the trailer is constructed in such a way as the brake and turn signals of the towing vehicle cannot be seen, brake and turn signal lights must be equipped on the trailer.

Brakes: Independent braking system is required where gross weight of load and vehicle exceeds 1,800kg (3,969lbs). Breakaway brakes are required on all trailers with a registered weight of over 1,350kg (2,977lbs).

Safety chain(s) required: Yes

Other: Two mirrors are needed when view is obstructed and must give a clear view 60 meters (197 feet) to rear. Extended mirrors must be removed when not towing. Ball hitches mounted on the bumper are not permitted. Open propane cylinders are not allowed while traveling on highways. All RV's are required to have flares or reflective signs.

Additional information:
Department of Business & Consumer Services
1505 Barrington St. North, 8th floor
Halifax   NS   B3J 3E7


Ontario Maximum trailer width: 2.6 meters (8 feet 5 inches)

Maximum trailer height: 4.15 meters (13 feet 6 inches)

Maximum trailer length (including load): 12.5 meters (41 feet)

Vehicle combinations permitted (cars/vans/SUV )? Up to 2 vehicles total

Vehicle combinations permitted (motor homes/trucks)? Yes, up to 3 vehicles total (*)

Maximum combined length: 23 meters
(75 feet 6 inches)

Lighting:
Tail, brake and license plate lights and required, as are reflectors. Turn signals are needed if combination exceeds 6 meters (19 feet 7 inches) in length.

Brakes: Independent braking system required where gross weight equals or exceeds 1,350kg (2,977lbs).

Safety chain(s) required: Yes

Other: Riding is allowed in truck campers. Overnight camping is allowed in restricted areas only.

Additional information:
Ministry of Transportation Information
301 St-Paul St.
St. Catharines   ON   L2R 7R4

Additional information: www.mto.gov.on.ca

* Per the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, "a three vehicle combination that is swaying excessively, is unstable or has reduced handling capabilities is subject to action by the police as an unsafe combination of vehicles under the Highway Traffic Act"


Prince Edward
Island
Maximum trailer width: 2.6 meters (8 feet 5 inches)

Maximum trailer height: 4.5 meters (14 feet 8 inches)

Maximum trailer length (including load): 16.2 meters (53 feet 2 inches)

Vehicle combinations permitted? Up to 2 vehicles total

Maximum combined length: 23 meters
(75 feet 5 inches)

Lighting:
Tail, brake and license plate lights are required. Clearance and side lamp markers, turn signals and reflectors are also needed.

Brakes: Independent braking system is required where gross weight of load and vehicle exceeds 1,800kg (3,969lbs). Breakaway brakes are required on all trailers with a registered weight of over 1,350kg (2,977lbs).

Safety chain(s) required: Yes

Other: A ball hitch mounted on the bumper is permitted. Left and right mirrors are required. Riding in truck campers, 5th wheel trailers and travel trailers is not regulated. Overnight camping is allowed in rest areas unless posted otherwise.

Additional information:
Highway Safety Operations
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown   PE   C1A 7N8


Québec Maximum trailer width: 2.6 meters (8 feet 5 inches)

Maximum trailer height: 4.15 meters (13 feet 6 inches)

Maximum trailer length (including load): 16.2 meters (53 feet 2 inches)

Vehicle combinations permitted? Up to 2 vehicles total

Maximum combined length: 23 meters
(75 feet 5 inches)

Lighting:
Tail, brake and license plate lights and required, as are reflectors. Driver must clearly signal their intention to turn, slow down or stop. Such signals can be given by hand or mechanical device, thus making electric turn signals an option. All trailers 1.8 meters (5 feet 9 inches) or longer require one amber light near each of the front corners of the trailer and one red light near each of the rear corners of the trailer.

Brakes: Independent braking system is required in each weight-bearing wheel where gross weight exceeds 1,300kg (2,867lbs).

Safety chain(s) required: All trailers without an automatic brake-system must be equipped with chains, cables or other sufficient safety devices.

Other: Left and right rear view mirrors are required. Riding is allowed in truck campers only if seatbelt used. Overnight camping in rest areas is not allowed. All RV's are required to have flares or reflective signs if wider than 2 meters (6.5 feet).

Additional information:
Société de l'Assurance Automobile du Québec
333 Boul. Jean-Lesage
Québec   QC   G1K 8J6


Saskatchewan
Maximum trailer width: 2.6 meters (8 feet 5 inches)

Maximum trailer height: 4.15 meters (13 feet 6 inches)

M
aximum trailer length: 12.5 meters (41 feet)

Vehicle combinations permitted (5th wheel combinations only)? Up to 3 vehicles total

Vehicle combinations permitted (non 5th wheel combinations)? Up to 2 vehicles total

Maximum combined length for 2 vehicles: 21.5 meters
(71 feet)

Maximum combined length for 3 vehicles: 23 meters (75 feet 5 inches)

Lighting: Tail, brake, turn and license plate lights are required.

Brakes: Independent braking system required where gross weight exceeds 1,350kg (2,977lbs).

Safety chain(s) required: Yes

Other: The hitch must be connected by a safe clevis or catch. Ball hitches mounted on bumpers are allowed up to 1,400kg (3,087lbs). Riding is allowed in truck campers.

Additional information:
Saskatchewan Highways & Transportation
1855 Victoria Ave., 9th floor
Regina   SK   S4P 3V5



Yukon
Maximum trailer width: 2.5 meters (8 feet 2 inches)

Maximum trailer height: 4.2 meters (13 feet 7 inches)

Maximum trailer length (including load): 16.15 meters (53 feet)

Vehicle combinations permitted? Up to 2 vehicles total

Maximum combined length: 25 meters
(82 feet)

Lighting:
Tail, brake and license plate lights are required. Turn signals are needed if the towing vehicle's signals are obstructed by the trailer or if the trailer is over 203 centimeters (80 inches) wide. Reflectors are required if trailer is over 203 centimeters (80 inches) wide. One amber reflector on each side of front and one red reflector on each side of rear are then needed.

Brakes: Independent braking system required if gross weight exceeds 910kg (2,007lbs) or one-half licensed weight of towing vehicle.

Safety chain(s) required: Yes

Other: Left and right mirrors are required. Overnight camping is allowed in rest areas unless posted otherwise.

Additional information:
Tourism Yukon
PO Box 2703
Whitehorse   YK   Y1A 2C6


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