RV Regulations

Introduction

Refuelling Propane Vehicles at Licensed Propane Refuelling Stations in Ontario

Release date: May 2018: Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), proposed significant changes to the Propane Code Adoption Document (“CAD”) which would require RVs equipped with permanently mounted propane tanks to have the propane appliances, propane system and tank inspected on a five-year cycle.

ORVDA carefully monitored this issue and participated in frequent discussions with TSSA. Industry representatives attended risk reduction group (RRG) meetings and successfully demonstrated to TSSA that RVs should be exempt from the inspection and labelling requirements.

Until recently, propane fill station attendants were unaware of the exemption and were instructed to not fill propane tanks unless the RV displayed the label indicating that the unit met Ontario’s  requirements.

ORVDA was determined to eliminate the filling station confusion. We recommended TSSA publish an advisory, clarifying re-fuelling requirements for propane vehicles in Ontario, including aftermarket propane conversions, OEM propane vehicles, Recreational Vehicles and out-of-province propane vehicles. The ORVDA is extremely pleased to confirm that the advisories regarding refuelling propane vehicles in Ontario were approved by TSSA and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. The advisories were published on the TSSA and ORVDA websites in May 2018. Please see below for links.

ORVDA would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Heidi Stoate (The Hitch House) and Shane Devenish (CRVA) for their important assistance in resolving this issue.

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Regulatory Amendments under the Highway Traffic Act

Effective July 1, 2019: pickup trucks and trailers for personal use are exempt from the requirement for an annual inspection (both the inspection and displaying the yellow decal/sticker). Please review details here.

Fuels Safety Program Advisory

As of May 18, 2018:

Refuelling Propane Vehicles at Licensed Propane Refuelling Stations in Ontario
Certificate Holder Requirements to Refuel and Work on Propane Vehicles

RV Weights & Licencing Ontario

As of July 1, 2011: Permits operation and towing of an RV up to 11,000 kg “combined vehicle weight” (car/truck & RV), for personal use, with a “G” Licence and an optional RV Safety Towing Checklist/test and identification card (for enforcement and insurance clarification). The latter is available through any participating ORVDA RV dealer in Ontario (Ontario Regulation 340/94).

The identification card:

  • verifies you have completed an over-weight RV test/questionnaire.
  • confirms that your RV, if applicable, falls within the 11,000kg (24,250lbs) combined (tow vehicle and towed vehicle) category. Most tow vehicles fall within the 4,500kg (9,900lbs) range.(14,325lbs).validates travel in most state and provincial jurisdictions that have reciprocity agreements with Ontario.

The card is not mandatory, however we recommend you carry it.

The Canadian Propane Association has developed an extremely useful interactive Propane Fuelling Station Locator, which can be accessed here.

Towing Checklist/Service Centres

Ontario Safety Towing Checklist/Test Service Centres

RV Dealer Location Phone #
Camp-Out RV Sales Stratford 866-667-6615
Campkin’s RV Myrtle Station 888-743-9378
Can-Am RV London 866-226-2678
Christie’s RV Sault Ste. Marie 800-457-9199
Earlton RV Earlton 800-434-3159
Heimstra Trailer Sales London 888-451-6662
Hitch N Go RV Delhi 519-582-1843
Leisure Trailer Sales Tecumseh 800-363-8925
Len’s RV Brighton 800-254-5367
Morry’s Trailer Sales Walkerton 800-830-3336
Niagara Trailers St. Davids 905-262-4518
Sauder’s Camping St. Jacobs 519-664-2633
Sicard Holiday Camper Smithville 800-688-2210
Vos Trailers Stittsville 613-836-4841
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