Well.... just wanted to fill everyone in on the nightmare of registering and insuring a trailer for towing your toys, dirtbikes, offroad licenced vehicles, etc with your commercially plated trailer.
If you insure a trailer over 1400kg capacity it is given commercial plates (big one the size of a car plate).
At any time in a tow vehicle's lifetime when you are towing a commercially plated trailer (even pleasure use only!!!) the towing vehicle must have a combined GVW (gross vehicle weight) of the towing vehicle AND the trailer loaded weight.
This means that 9 times out of 10 your are towing ILLEGALLY!!!
ICBC (direct line) told me I need a slip from a weigh scale. Got down to the 176th St. truck scale (by the border) this morning. My truck is licenced for 4499kg. Well, my axles (first two are truck), third one is my unloaded empty car hauler trailer weighed in at:
Axle 1: 1900kg
Axle 2: 1670kg
Axle 3: 1660kg
So I was already illegal by being 731kg OVERWEIGHT which is a fine of about $115. The guys at the scale were kind enough not to fine me and let me call the Ministry of Transport 1-800-559-9688 and get a temporary one-trip overweight permit of $25 so I could get home! Also you should know that you have a number registered to your driver's licence. The guys at the weigh scale will give that to you or you can get it from the Permits people. You need that number and your vehicle plate number to buy a temporary permit.
What a cluster F. Worst part is there is NOTHING on the ICBC or CVSE or Ministry of Transport websites telling you what you need to do to be legal if you tow for pleasure and it's not an RV or a Commercial business use tow vehicle. The heresay and BS on most websites/forums just confuses you more.
Basically, if you tow, walk into an autoplan agent and tell them you want to increase your GVW to 8200kg. If they won't go to one that will. 3/4 of them don't have a clue just so you know.
If you raise your GVW past 8201kg you need to apply for a NSC #, annual vehicle inspections, etc. Not worth the hassle if you tow for pleasure use only. Only side bonus is a GVW over 5000kg and you don't need to go to aircare anymore.
So, I'm hitting an autoplan agent this morning. I'm sure I'll get frustrated again. The CVSE guys at the scale said find one that insures trucks for less headache.
BTW, if you are underinsured for weight, if you have an accident, ICBC will pay out the claim then come looking for you and sue you for the money. No joke. An irony, considering you go into the autoplan agent's and tell them what you're doing, what you tow, trailer weight, etc and ask for adequate insurance yet they don't give it to you. Try suing the agent!!! Good luck with that.