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allen8106

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Posted: 07/29/19 04:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I had a friend tell me they had heard that there were some sort of special trailer brakes required in Canada.

Any info on this, truth or not?


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Posted: 07/29/19 04:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

YES........
They are required to work








Did you ask your 'friend' WHERE they heard this outlandish information?


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Posted: 07/29/19 04:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Old-Biscuit wrote:

YES........
They are required to work

Did you ask your 'friend' WHERE they heard this outlandish information?


Honestly she said her husband told her who heard it from someone else. It kind of sounded like it was bad information and I've never read anything like that in all my Alaska/Canada research but you never know so thought I would ask.

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Posted: 07/29/19 04:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here are some regs by province, but no brake regulations.
https://www.rvda.ca/ProvRVRegs.asp

This site also has some brake info.
https://www.rvda.ca/ProvBrakeReqts.asp

Caveat: Laws and regulations can change up here quickly.
If you are in doubt, check with the provincial ministry of transport for the province where you plan to tow, for specific up to date information.


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British Columbia has the most stringent trailer brake requirements.


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Posted: 07/29/19 06:03pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's a provincial thing.

BC Regulations

Trailer Brake Requirements
Gross trailer weight of 1,400 kg (3,080 Ibs) or less – Brakes are required if the trailer and its load weigh more than 50% of the licensed weight of the vehicle towing it.
Gross trailer weight of 1,401 kg (3,081 Ibs) to 2,800 kg (6,160 Ibs) – Brakes are required, including a breakaway brake.
Gross trailer weight of more than 2,800 kg (6,160 Ibs) – Brakes are required, and the trailer brakes must be capable of being applied by the driver independently of the towing vehicle's brakes. A surge brake does NOT meet this requirement. A breakaway brake is also required. Brakes are required on all axles.
The sole exemption to this rule is for a 3 axle house trailer, in which case brakes are only required on 2 of the 3 axles.


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Posted: 07/29/19 06:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pianotuna wrote:

British Columbia has the most stringent trailer brake requirements.


Probably because they have the greatest need, what with all those pesky mountains all over the place. [emoticon]

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MDKMDK wrote:

pianotuna wrote:

British Columbia has the most stringent trailer brake requirements.


Probably because they have the greatest need, what with all those pesky mountains all over the place. [emoticon]


Yup... usually a couple times a year someone that’s NOT from the mountains of BC will end up picking rhubarb out of their teeth or worse.
I have two mountain passes on either side of my house..... those Pesky mountains are everywhere... [emoticon]
Just make sure your tow vehicle and trailer have good working breaks and you keep an eye on the roads signs, and you will be fine.

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Hey Soup, as long as you're not appearing regularly on Jamie Davis' TV show, you must be OK, eh? That Coquihalla Pass is one nasty piece of work. We did the one farther east between Radium HS and Banff along 93 back in 2015. It was a foothill compared to the ones near you, I bet. Keep the rubber on the road, and take care out there.

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Posted: 07/30/19 04:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In Canada, brakes must be able to be operated in either French or English.

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