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Old 03-30-2016, 10:40 PM   #1
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Canadian axle weight limit

I see that many RV manufacturers are producing vehicles with rear GAWR of up to 24,000 lbs. I've been told that the US uped their max highway single axle limit to 24,000 recently (although I have not uncovered any official US Gov documents to support that fact).

The Canadians however appear to still limit Category 8: Intercity Bus and Recreational Vehicle single (dual tire) axle weights to 9100 kg. or roughly 20,000 lbs.

Does that mean these RV's would be restricted from travel in Canada?
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The US did up their max to either 23,000 or 24,000#'s for RV's a few years ago.
As to whether that prohibits them from traveling in Canada I have no idea but it is a good question.
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Well, since we're exempt from stopping at any hiway scales, how would they ever know .
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Well, since we're exempt from stopping at any hiway scales, how would they ever know .
When you have an accident and the ambulance chaser liar of the person you hurt has your coach specs and licensing checked.
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When you have an accident and the ambulance chaser liar of the person you hurt has your coach specs and licensing checked.
And even then it would have to somehow relate to the cause of the accident. Lawyers can be quite creative, but the jury has to be convinced.
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I am from Ontario, as long as your RV is registered as an RV and not a commercial vehicle no problem. If it legal in your state it is legal in Ont. An RV does not have to stop at weigh scales. Do not worry about travel restrictions we are open for business.
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You can do an internet search for specific vehicle regulations both Nationally, and by Province you expect to travel through.

In the Canadian Interprovincial Vehicle Regulations, class "A" motor homes fall under the regulations in 'Category 8: Intercity Busses and RV's'. Max. height 4.15 meters; Max width 2.6 meters; Max length 14 meters; Max GCVW 24,250 kg.; Max weight steer axel 7250 kg.; Max wt. single axel dual tires 9100 kg.; Max wt. single axel single tire 6000 kg.; 3 axel Max GVW 22,350 kg.; Max. wt. tandem axel 17,000 kg. Conversion is 39.4 inches per meter and 2.2 lbs. per kg.

The original poster is correct, the legal maximum of 9100 kg. for a dual wheel axel equates to 20,000 lbs. Also, for those with units with the new 18000 steer axels, note that the present maximum legal weight for a steer axel is 16,000 lbs. The regulations have not caught up with the current improvements in axel manufacturing. That being said, RV's are not required to be weighed at scales the way commercial vehicles are.

If you are not so clearly out of specifications, or so dangerous loooking that you catch the attention of a Highway Patrol Officer/Sherriff, you will not be stopped for further investigation of your weights and measures. unless you cause a catastrophy, you have nothing to be concerned about. My opinion only, no legal advice offered. Enjoy your visit to our scenic country.
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