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Old 10-19-2021, 06:30 AM   #1
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I used to have a BC driver's license but it expired while I was living overseas. Is it possible to purchase a used tent trailer to live in and hire some service to move it when I have to move on from a campsite..

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It is always possible to hire someone to move a trailer. Where do you plan to live in a Popup trailer? I hope it is not cold.

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It is always possible to hire someone to move a trailer. Where do you plan to live in a Popup trailer? I hope it is not cold.

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If BC is British Columbia I'm thinking it gets cold.

But yes, you could find someone to move it for you even if it's just someone that's willing to do it on a Saturday for a few bucks.
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Old 10-19-2021, 11:17 AM   #4
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I used to have a BC driver's license but it expired while I was living overseas. Is it possible to purchase a used tent trailer to live in and hire some service to move it when I have to move on from a campsite..

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Yes. Any towing service will move it for you for a reasonable amount of money.

As well, there are lots of local help groups on Facebook that will help you with a move of the trailer if necessary. We see that every year with the fire season and evacuations.

Vancouver island is your best climate for living in it over the winter.

Best of luck.
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Welcome to iRV2 .

Yes getting the trailer moved shouldn't be an issue .
Surviving in a tent trailer , anywhere in BC for a winter , will not be easy .
Areas that don't get particularly cold get WET , mold and mildew will be constant issues.
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Old 10-19-2021, 12:07 PM   #6
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I used to have a BC driver's license but it expired while I was living overseas. Is it possible to purchase a used tent trailer to live in and hire some service to move it when I have to move on from a campsite..

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We lived out of the province for years during our military careers. When we got back we just went into the local bc services centre, gave them our old license number and they renewed it.

Hope it works out for you.
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I think getting it registered would be the problem without a license. If you can't get a plate nobody will want to move it for you.
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I think getting it registered would be the problem without a license. If you can't get a plate nobody will want to move it for you.
No problem registering a vehicle without a license in BC. A BC ID or passport or a couple others is fine.
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No problem registering a vehicle without a license in BC. A BC ID or passport or a couple others is fine.
Ok I wasn't sure if needed or not.
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Old 10-20-2021, 04:23 AM   #10
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Hi Everyone,

Thank you all for the replies and information. To provide a little more background information that might help anyone wishing to reply, here is where I am at.

I am a Canadian, born in Ottawa, but have been living outside the country since 1991. My family and I live in Japan. We have a home here, a car etc., so we’re doing OK, but the way things are in Canada, we are not in the position to buy anything (modest sized) in Canada. For example, a friend of mine bought some land in Gibsons Landing, BC, and is planning to build a home there, but such ideas are not viable for me, or my family. I would like to return to anywhere in Canada to live (I am 60), either full-time, or half the year. I did have a BC driver’s license, but while working in the Middle East (2003-08), I never had the chance to get back to BC to renew it, thus my international license expired as well. So if I want to get a car/license, I would need to start from ground zero, which takes about two years in most provinces. I have looked into the option of such vehicles:
CitroŽn Ami (electric) - Wikipedia

But I am not sure if this would be powerful enough to pull a tent trailer, and the other issue, these cars are not yet available in Canada. I have considered mobile homes in AB or SK that seem affordable, but the monthly costs (pad rental/utilities etc.), might not be financially viable for me, since I am 60, retired, and know full-well what job prospects I could expect, if I were lucky: Walmart. So the idea of a tent trailer, or trailer, that I could live somewhere cheap came to mind. Yes, winters would be a challenge. I am just a guy being realistic about what my housing options are, since I, as well as my wife, have long given up on the idea of purchasing anything in Ottawa etc.

Sorry for this long yarn, but I thought it might help the reader understand my situation.

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Old 10-20-2021, 08:31 AM   #11
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Hi Everyone,

Thank you all for the replies and information. To provide a little more background information that might help anyone wishing to reply, here is where I am at.

I am a Canadian, born in Ottawa, but have been living outside the country since 1991. My family and I live in Japan. We have a home here, a car etc., so weíre doing OK, but the way things are in Canada, we are not in the position to buy anything (modest sized) in Canada. For example, a friend of mine bought some land in Gibsons Landing, BC, and is planning to build a home there, but such ideas are not viable for me, or my family. I would like to return to anywhere in Canada to live (I am 60), either full-time, or half the year. I did have a BC driverís license, but while working in the Middle East (2003-08), I never had the chance to get back to BC to renew it, thus my international license expired as well. So if I want to get a car/license, I would need to start from ground zero, which takes about two years in most provinces. I have looked into the option of such vehicles:
CitroŽn Ami (electric) - Wikipedia

But I am not sure if this would be powerful enough to pull a tent trailer, and the other issue, these cars are not yet available in Canada. I have considered mobile homes in AB or SK that seem affordable, but the monthly costs (pad rental/utilities etc.), might not be financially viable for me, since I am 60, retired, and know full-well what job prospects I could expect, if I were lucky: Walmart. So the idea of a tent trailer, or trailer, that I could live somewhere cheap came to mind. Yes, winters would be a challenge. I am just a guy being realistic about what my housing options are, since I, as well as my wife, have long given up on the idea of purchasing anything in Ottawa etc.

Sorry for this long yarn, but I thought it might help the reader understand my situation.

BigZen
Welcome home. (When you get here ).

Youíll be able to just walk in to a B.C. services office and renew your licence. My was expired for close to 30 years. They will have you on record.

Jobs are pretty easy to get for an able bodied 60 year old in BC. Minimum wage is 15 bucks an hour. I donít think you will have a problem if you want to work.

Cheers.
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Thanks for the information and encouraging words.

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I don't know what the rules are in BC, but way back in the day, we used to tow just about anything, registered or not, using a dealer or salvage plate. Perhaps there are similar rules in place there. You would have to ask a tow operator.

Also, being a pop-up or even a small travel trailer, it could be easily loaded onto a small roll-back flatbed. No rules about that, AFAIK - it's being carried, not towed with wheels on the road.
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