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Trailer Don

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Posted: 07/14/19 02:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

romore wrote:

Can you point us to the source of your information? If it were the case commercial 'reefers' would be in violation. I leave ours on to run the fridge and hot water tank then switch to shore power at night to conserve gas.


This is the link to the ICBC information.

https://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/driving-guides/Pages/Towing-a-Recreational-Trailer.aspx

So, if your propane is left on in your travel trailer wheel you are driving your ICBC insurance coverage will be compromised. It you from out of province then you are not following the ICBC regulations and could be ticketed.

This restriction is only for travel trailers, not sure about RV's.

* This post was edited 07/14/19 02:33pm by Trailer Don *

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I did add the link to my posting, did you check the link?

I do not know what other provinces have the same restriction on the use of propane. I did check Alberta's web page for travel trailers and thankfully they do not mention the same restrictions as ICBC indicates for travel trailers using BC roads.

* This post was edited 07/14/19 02:39pm by Trailer Don *

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Trailer Don wrote:


So, if your propane is left on in your travel trailer wheel you are driving your insurance coverage will be compromised.

This restriction is only for travel trailers, not sure about RV's.


This pamphlet from an insurance company carries NO force of law.....and is no different than the RECOMMENDATION made by likely every insurance company and RV manufacturer in the world.

BUT IT IS ONLY A RECOMMENDATION.
Your twisting that into a legal requirement just wastes our time.....and yours too.


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fly-swatter wrote:

I've only ever shut off my propane when travelling in BC just before going on the ferry to Vancouver Island. All propane bottles must be closed and tagged before boarding, never heard of a rule regarding use while on the road.


As I mentioned, even the RV sales person I dealt with was unaware of that regulation. I can see it is important to check each province/states regulations as to travel trailers.

Here is the link to the BC regulations as posted by ICBC, the BC Crown Corporation which covers all vehicle insurance for BC vehicles.

https://www.icbc.com/driver-licensing/driving-guides/Pages/Towing-a-Recreational-Trailer.aspx

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Posted: 07/14/19 02:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I see a safety brochure on recommended practices.
I don't see a government vehicle code requirement.


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Posted: 07/14/19 03:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Those aren’t laws, ordinances, or regulations. Those are an insurance company’s attempt to reduce their risk exposure to zero. Insurance companies always want you to not do things that might result in a claim payout. Even if they say it’s about protecting children, kittens and puppies, it’s really about money.

Ask ICBC what their thoughts are on skydiving.

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NRALIFR wrote:

Those aren’t laws, ordinances, or regulations. Those are an insurance company’s attempt to reduce their risk exposure to zero. Insurance companies always want you to not do things that might result in a claim payout. Even if they say it’s about protecting children, kittens and puppies, it’s really about money.

Ask ICBC what their thoughts are on skydiving.

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Unfortunately this is a Provincial regulation, and hence a law in BC. ICBC is a Crown Corporation and is the insurer and roisterer for all vehicles registered in BC. I am sure most out of Province/State drivers are most likely unaware of this regulation. However, ignorance of the law is not a valid excuse not to comply with it. In reality most drivers would never be ticketed unless there was an accident, or possibly you were stopped in a police roadblock for random vehicle checks. Thankfully Alberta does not have the same regulation so I will do most of my traveling in Alberta, which is fairly close to me. In Alberta gas is far more cheaper than BC which is a major expense when towing a travel trailer.

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Ok, then post a link to the corresponding regulation where it’s been codified. There should be a number associated with it. That’s what a provincial law enforcement officer would write on the citation if he were to cite you for illegally operating a recreational vehicle with the propane tank valves open.

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First off it is simple to provide a link rather than just cut and paste the URL. The tab for including a link is the 10th tab from the left in Post a Reply. It's courtesy to use the link tab.

Second the booklet you reference is labeled a Guide.

Third, I thought that regulations come under the title of Hazardous Cargo.

Finally, the guide you mentioned and everything I have read on line is totally devoid of saying that ICBC is really a government agency, it is a non-profit insurance company that is regulated by the BC Government. Nowhere can I find any proof that it has the ability to enact laws. It is not the only insurance company that operates in BC. The BC government does require all vehicles licensed in BC to have ICBC BASIC INSURANCE but several other companies offer things like comprehensive insurance.

* This post was edited 07/14/19 04:59pm by D.E.Bishop *


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I did find and I have seen and complied with shutting off my propane before loading on a BC Ferry, none of the signage at ferry terminals mentions that it is unlawful to have the tanks open while driving.

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