CLASS A licencing
Posted on Aug 5, 2011
For those that stay on top of the licencing for larger fifth wheels, the new laws are now and have been in effect since July 01 2011.
What You Need to Know:
Driver's licenced in Ontario will now be able to operate/tow/drive recreational vehicles up to the 11,000kg "combined vehicle weight" with a Class G Licnece when towing 1 vehicle for personal use.
Combined vehicle weight (GVW) means the " Total Gross Vehicle Weight" for the tow vehicle (car or truck) AND the recreational vehicle. I would suggest to get a weigh ticket of the truck and trailer and keep it with you.
PLEASE NOTE: Originally the MTO was going to require that a completed RV Safety and Towing Checklist/test be completed and a subsequent identification card issued showing competency be required as well. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. The MTO has made this part VOLUNTARY. At this point there is no requirement by either the MTO or the Insurance Bureau of Canada for such as test. Not to say that the Insurance Bureau of Canada may require this in the future. I would check with your insurance company if they will offer any reduction if you do take the test and pass. If for your peace of mind we can perform this test/checklist for the fee of $150 and you will upon successful completion receive a card indicating so. This test is conducted here at the dealership by dealership staff. It is NOT an MTO administered test. It is easy and stresses safety.
For more information you can attend the MTO's website and print off the information on this. I would keep this with you in the truck and a copy of the weights so that if pulled over by an uninformed Police officer you have the back up information you may need. To access the MTO's site and the news on this click on the link below.
Posted on Aug 5, 2011
I am going to hopefully put some money into a few lucky people's pockets! For the remaining month of August, I am challenging the rv'ing public to challenge me technically. All you have to do is to stump me with a technical question or problem and I will cut you a cheque for $20. Give it your best shot!! Think you can stump me? I enjoy a challenge and If you come up with a good one, I will pay you for it. We both win as I learn something and pass it along to my crew and you win with cash. Tell your friends and family.
Only one winner per family
I am allowed 48 hours to respond during normal business hours. (I still have a business to run) If I get a question on Friday, Saturday and Sunday do not count towards the time.
If you do not agree with my solution/explanation you must provide me with back up from a legitimate source such as a manufacturer etc. to back up your claim. Likewise I will use as much support from the manufacturers as I need as well.
I reserve the right to end the contest at any time.
You can choose either $20 cash or a $30 store coupon as your reward.
In the event of a deadlock where we can not agree on the solution/ explanation we will agree to disagree, no partial payment etc.
Glass Half Full
Posted on Aug 5, 2011
Summer has been a busy time for us here at the dealership. With a long winter and a terrible spring behind us we have now enjoyed a warm, sometimes too warm, couple of months. Many people have and are out camping this month for their vacations. As they should be. August brings warm days and cooler nights which is great for both sleeping and playing in the out doors. Many think that once August is over the summer is officially done. I thought last night that our family really enjoys camping in September and October. If we look at the months overall we have only used up HALF of our camping time! From May 24 which is usually the start of the camping season for many we have gone through June and July. That leaves August, September and until Thanksgiving in October for most. Many will camp past that but for the average camper, Thanksgiving is usually the weekend that we pack up the camper and think about winterizing. So if that is so, the glass is still half FULL!!. With a great selection of trailers still available we have reduced prices on several new units and have a fantastic selection of pre loved units. Get in a get one now. See Ralph for special pricing.
CLASS A Chages Afoot
Posted on Jun 11, 2011
To all those that have been afraid to haul that trailer or fifth wheel that is on the larger side, the day has finally arrived that you will no longer require a class A restricted licence. Currently, the MTO has had the restriction on your Class G licence that if you were to tow a trailer that weighed more than 4600KG at the axles ,as attached to the truck, then you would require a Class A Restricted licence. Also note that on the back of your licence it ALSO says that the combination of the tow vehicle AND the trailer can be no more than 11000KG. The change that has now been approved by the Ontario MTO is similar to what the US DOT use. That is, that the stipulation for the trailer weighing more than 4600KG (10,143lb.) will be gone. You will use the combination limitation of the 11000KG (24,244lb.) ONLY.
Example: 3/4 ton truck weighs in at 7800lb. Thus the loaded trailer weight can now be 16,400lb!!! Much heavier than the 10,120lb. of previous. Note that if your truck weighs more than this in the case of a 1 ton truck, the trailer has to weigh less.
The only other requirement will be that the customer will have to completer a competency test at the DEALER prior to leaving the dealership. Please take a minute to read the press release below.
11/05/20 "ORVDA secures approval of MTO Regulatory change for large RVs" I am pleased to announce that after more than 5 years the MTO has approved
the ORVDA recommendation for a regulatory change to weights and licencing of
larger RVs in Ontario. The regulation O.Reg 340/94 must now be posted on the Government of Ontario
regulatory Registry for 30 days. MEMBER PARTICIPATION WHAT THIS MEANS IMPLEMENTATION DEALER REQUIRMENT NOTE: This will apply to any customer who has previously purchased or owns an
RV within this product category. ORVDA TEST KITS AGAIN The MTO registry link is www.ontariocanada.com/registry ,scroll down to "current
regulatory proposals" and click to view the posting. Again, This is great
news for all ORVDA members and their customers
To All ORVDA (Ontario Recreational Vehicle Dealers Assoc.)Members,
Please take the time to post your positive comments on the registry as this will enhance the overall acceptance.
Now dealers who sell or wish to sell RVs over the 4600kg (10143 lb) axle weight can utilize the combined tow vehicle weight of 11,000kg (24,244 lb) which in most cases will allow your customer to tow fifth wheels up to 6500kg (14326 lb) ,or more, gross vehicle weight with a "G" licence.
the implementation date has not yet been set, however we are anticipating July 2011.
Dealers wishing to sell within this product category must provide
1) A checklist/test for consumers
2) A test drive verification by the consumer
3) Submit all paperwork to ORVDA
Will produce a recognition wallet card that will be forwarded to your customer.
Will be available June 1, 2011...Order yours today!
Please post your comments and help ORVDA in this and all future regulatory endeavors.
"ORVDA secures approval of MTO Regulatory change for large RVs"
I am pleased to announce that after more than 5 years the MTO has approved the ORVDA recommendation for a regulatory change to weights and licencing of larger RVs in Ontario.
The regulation O.Reg 340/94 must now be posted on the Government of Ontario regulatory Registry for 30 days.
WHAT THIS MEANS
NOTE: This will apply to any customer who has previously purchased or owns an RV within this product category.
The MTO registry link is www.ontariocanada.com/registry ,scroll down to "current regulatory proposals" and click to view the posting.
Again, This is great news for all ORVDA members and their customers
Posted on Apr 28, 2011
This is the worst wind that I can remember!! In the 8 years that we have owned the business, today, April 28th 2011 we had wind that if we weren't on the ball would have lost all of our tent trailers! Fortunately, we were able to get our Hard tops in the service bay and packed up with quick work from our staff. Thanks to all for your efforts! Needless to say there has been plenty of damage to the surrounding countryside and parks. We will be here to help if you have experienced any damage to your trailer. Call Len in service to book an appointment ASAP!
Posted on Mar 21, 2011
Tis the time of year again when we open our doors to you our supporting public and offer up some fantastic deals. Being held this year during the weekend of April 15th (9am-7pm),16th (9am-4pm) and 17th (11am-4pm) we have backed it up from our usual weekend as Easter arrives late this year. As usual we will have factory reps on hand to support their product and answer any questions that you might have. For any of you that have attended one of our RV shows recently, you will have noticed great pricing and great product. We are extremely proud and excited of what we have to offer this year. Please be sure to get in early so that you get first pick! Units are moving quickly now.
Posted on Feb 3, 2011
Hello again to all. The following is a list of upcoming shows to get you out and about. We have one of the best line ups of new and used product here at the lot that I can remember. We will take a sampling of the new product to these shows. For the used units, please see Ralph or myself (Peter) for your own personal tour and quotation.
February 11,12,13 Friday(4:00pm-9:00pm),Sat(10:00am-5:00pm),Sun(11:00am-4:00pm)
Simcoe, Ontario at the Aud complex on the Norfolk County fairgrounds. For directions please email or for those that wish to mapquest or GPS use the following address: 172 South Dr., Simcoe, ON. N3Y 1G6. Note: this is our premier show where we have the most product displayed and great pricing. Admission is just $2.00 and parking is FREE.
February 18,19,20,21 Friday(10:00am-9:00pm),Sat(10:00am-9:00pm),Sun(10:00am-5:00pm),Mon(10:00am-5:00pm)
London, Ontario at the Fairgrounds. We will have upwards of 20 units at this show from manufacturers such as Rockwood, Salem and Heartland (MPG). This is the first year that we will be part of this show and are extremely excited about showcasing our company and our products at this great venue.
If you are in the hunt for a new or used RV please take the time to check our products and our people either at one of these shows or at the lot for a more personal touch. You will not be disappointed.
Posted on Nov 30, 2010
We will be closed from December 23rd through January 4th inclusive. Our parts/accessory and service departments will be on LIMITED hours for the week of January 4th so pleas call ahead.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Product Line Up
Posted on Nov 30, 2010
Well, it's that time of year when everything starts to slow down here at the dealership other than the service part that is! We don't seem to have enough time to complete everything that we want to do. On the sales front we have NEVER had this good of a selection of product, especially NEW units that I can remember! We have picked up a slew of new Salem travel trailers, fifth wheels and Park trailers. Rockwood has never been better! You will have to get in to see the upgrades they have made. Rockwood has also gotten into the "A" Liner type of camper trailer that will blow your socks off! On the light weight product front we have added the MPG from Heartland RV. These 18' travel trailers, many boasting slide outs, are ALL under 3000lb! If you are looking for a light weight product you HAVE to check these units out! In fact, thinking about our lightweight product line up, I can't thing when our selection has been better. Starting with the MPG's under 3000lb then the Fun Finder product in conjunction with their Viewfinder product then the Rockwoods and now the new Salem Hemisphere LIGHT units. If you are in the market for a truly well built product that is lightweight you have to check out our line up. For our fifth wheel line up we still have Cardinal and Big Country. Both compliment each other and offer luxury at an affordable price. Again, our toy hauler line up is second to no one. Having the Track and Trail tow trailers, the Enduramax Sport travel trailers and fifth wheels, the Enduramax fifth wheels, and the Cyclone travel trailer and fifth wheels all of which are in stock you don't have to look anywhere else. We have appreciate the business of this past year. The economy has been picking up steam and so have we. We have a phenomenal team here at the dealership to look after your needs so give us a try if you haven't been in before. For our returning customers, Thank You. Hope to see you soon again.
Posted on Nov 30, 2010
Good day everyone. An update on the propane fiasco. Thankfully the Ontario government has backed off on it's nearsighted policies that would have seen most of the local small propane refill stations closed. The government has now realized due to the outcry from business's such as our and other including private individuals that they could not with proceed with the legislation in it's current writ. They are now proposing a set of regulations and guidelines that had been much earlier put forth by the OPA (ontario propane association). Nothing is written in stone yet but it looks promising!