Originally Posted by floyd
Thank God for the 49th parallel!( at least for now)
"MOST" seems a bit of an exaggeration, but fear always trumps common sense when making new rules...
I was thinking , like bass boats, not actual ships!
Guess that makes "slide-ins" totally useless then.
Actually "MOST" covers it pretty well in these parts which is why it has become a lucrative way for the BC Government to collect money from the fines handed out at check points. . For example a slide in small 1500 series Bigfoot
fiberglass camper on a half ton p/u (without a boat behind it) can be well over the trucks specs. The 1500 Series Bigfoot
camper for example weighs in at 2061 lbs dry the larger version of Bigfoot weighs in at around 2850 dry. Whats the pay load of the popular 1/2 ton Toyota Tacoma for example? about 1300lbs ? Yup if you have a 1 ton truck (which most p/u are not) you could have a real nice Bigfoot camper but once you add a boat of any size to it you are getting into a *maybe* category.
Also Bass boats do not work out well in the open waters of the Pacific neither does a small light
engine - so the boats being hauled normally weigh far more than a bass boat
The check points also often include conservation, fisheries and Ministry of Transport folks all working together in one location - in addition to checking your vehicle's weight
they get to check how many fish you actually caught as well as what you used to catch them!
As far as fear trumping common sense goes there have been a number of serious accidents in BC involving p/u trucks with campers and the trucks inability to stop quickly due to being overloaded. I dont really care if someone whats to risk their own neck by pushing the limits but sadly I dont know of any roads/highways were you dont have to share with other people thus putting them at risk as well.
Vehicle manufactures are clear on their weight
capacities - its clearly spelled out in the manuals of most tugs. Its just that some people dont like to read it or weigh their trailers, campers or boats to know what they actually weigh.