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Old 03-10-2015, 02:16 PM   #1
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This is for Texas members only. Sorry to everybody else. Each of the new 5ers that we have bought have had an inspection sticker applied. I have been told through the years that it was a requirement of the dealers and not to worry about getting the units inspected, so I never have. I also have never seen a trailer of any kind with an inspection sticker by individuals. I received my State Tag renewal and now it appears that I am required to have the 5er inspected before I can get Tags. Do any of you have any thoughts about this. Have you inspected your 5er before? I have additional trailers, 10X6.5, 16Ft., 5X8, two boat trailers (all with State Tags). Am I going to also have them inspected? Any help/advice would be appreciated.
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Old 03-10-2015, 02:24 PM   #2
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I have inspected all my trailers if they had over 10k GVW. I also inspect my race trailers, because they are also over 10k. We went through an inspection station on the highway to Corpus Christa from home, mine was out and they let me get by. They told me it was the same fine as our truck without it.
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Old 03-10-2015, 02:26 PM   #3
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Found this Law requires that trailers get safety inspections - Houston Chronicle
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The only time I've had to have a trailer inspected (TT) was out of state getting a title. If memory served it was a green sheet. I had my last 5er for 9 years w/o inspection. 2 new 5ers in the last year and no inspection on either of them.

I know we get our commercial stuff inspected yearly as required.

If it is required, all I need is to give the gov more money. Pay some idiot to look and say wether or not the tail lights work.

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I've been researching this since hearing about it via RVBusiness.com last week. This morning I spoke with a representative of the Texas DMV, and this afternoon I received some documentation from him via e-mail. This is what I'll be sending out in our newsletter later this week.

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SAFETY INSPECTIONS

REQUIRED ON
TEXAS TRAILERS


(NOTE: The following article is reprinted with
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Owners of some of almost 600,000 travel trailers, boat trailers and utility trailers registered with the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles will get a surprise when they next receive notice that it's time to renew that annual trailer registration. According to a report by the Houston Chronicle, some will learn they have been violating a law of which many were not aware.

Included in renewal notices sent to owners of trailers with registration expiring this month and later will be notification that the trailer is required to have passed a safety inspection at a state-certified vehicle inspection station within 90 days prior to the new registration sticker's being issued. No proof of safety inspection, no renewal of registration.

This will be the first time many owners learn their trailer falls under Texas' annual safety inspection requirements, the same as most vehicles used on Texas public roads.

"Some trailer owners haven't been aware of the safety inspection requirement," said Candy Southerland, management analyst with Texas DMV . "I've even talked with trailer dealers who were surprised when they learned certain trailers fall under the inspection requirements."

Texas law has for decades required annual safety inspection of trailers with a gross weight (weight of the trailer plus its carrying capacity or actual load) of more than 4,500 pounds. That includes travel trailers, most dual-axle boat trailers, and many larger utility trailers such as those hunters use to haul tractors, ATVs, blinds and other equipment to hunting leases.

But because Texas' vehicle safety inspection process was separate from the vehicle registration process, vehicle owners could renew either without proof of complying with the other. And while Texans have been almost universally aware of the requirement of getting an annual safety inspection of their car, truck or motorcycle, many were unaware of the requirement for their trailers.

For the full story go to the Houston Chronicle.

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The following information was not included in the Houston Chronicle story, but was obtained from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. There are exemptions to the inspection rules, including for "seasonal Texans and RVers. According to the TxDMV website:

If your vehicle is out of state and you are unable to complete a Texas vehicle inspection in order to renew your registration, you will be able to self-certify that the vehicle is out of state and will be permitted to register. The self-certification process will be limited to:
  • Active duty military
  • Full-time students
  • Seasonal Texans, RV'ers
  • Apportioned vehicles
  • Elected Congressional officials

You will be able to renew your registration using self-certification online, by mail or in-person. Please contact your county tax office for more information about their requirements for out-of-state registration renewal. To find the contact information for your county of residence, please visit the TxDMV website at Texas DMV: County Assessors.

If you renew your vehicle registration using the out-of-state self-certification option, a remark will be placed on your vehicle record indicating that an inspection is still due. Once you return to the state, you must complete a Texas vehicle inspection within three days of arrival at your home, duty station, or destination. It is very important that you keep the VIR issued after completing your inspection in case you are stopped by law enforcement before the remark is removed from your vehicle record, which takes about 48 hours. The remark will only be removed upon payment of the state's portion of the inspection fee and verification of a current, passing inspection.

For official information from the Texas DMV, visit their informational website, Texas DMV: Two Steps One Sticker.
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Old 03-10-2015, 02:38 PM   #6
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This is for Texas members only. Sorry to everybody else. Each of the new 5ers that we have bought have had an inspection sticker applied. I have been told through the years that it was a requirement of the dealers and not to worry about getting the units inspected, so I never have. I also have never seen a trailer of any kind with an inspection sticker by individuals. I received my State Tag renewal and now it appears that I am required to have the 5er inspected before I can get Tags. Do any of you have any thoughts about this. Have you inspected your 5er before? I have additional trailers, 10X6.5, 16Ft., 5X8, two boat trailers (all with State Tags). Am I going to also have them inspected? Any help/advice would be appreciated.
My thought on this is that it's just another state sponsored money grab. We brought our new SB from a dealer in Cleburne and it didn't have an inspection sticker. I didn't ask about it because I didn't know one was required. I learned later,either on this forum or another ,that an inspection sticker was required.

I called my salesman and he didn't know one was required. He said to bring it in and they would do one free of charge. The technican took all of 5 minutes to do the inspection, including slapping the sticker on.
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Ours came with one when purchased in Dec 2014, and we were sure surprised, but until now had no idea what we needed to do! Thanks for this info.
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I appreciate all the reply's and help. It is not what I wanted to hear but I'm not surprised. I know there is a good reason to want safer trailers on the highways, but in reality, it's all about the money. Our money. I am lucky that our inspection station is only 9 miles from home, but I better call to see if they can perform the inspection.
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I appreciate all the reply's and help. It is not what I wanted to hear but I'm not surprised. I know there is a good reason to want safer trailers on the highways, but in reality, it's all about the money. Our money. I am lucky that our inspection station is only 9 miles from home, but I better call to see if they can perform the inspection.
There has to be a list of items to be inspected (there is a list of inspection items for autos at every inspection site; never seen one for trailers though) for any required inspections. Wonder what those items are for Texas registered trailers. Not really.
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What's Inspected by Vehicle Type
Items of Inspection for a Trailers or Mobile Homes
05.06 Inspect All Trailers, Semitrailers, Pole Trailers, or Mobile Homes Exceeding 4,500 Pounds Actual Gross Weight or Registered Weight For: (Listed in suggested order of inspection) Refer to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, if required.

* Check for evidence of Financial Responsibility on towing vehicle

1. Brakes (system) (If gross weight exceeds 4,500 pounds)
2. Tires
3. Wheel Assembly
4. Safety Guards or Flaps (if four tires or more on rearmost axle) Pole trailers exempt.
5. Tail Lamps (2)
6. Stop Lamps (2)
7. License Plate Lamp (1)
8. Rear Red Reflectors (2)
9. Turn Signal Lamps
10. Clearance Lamps
11. Side Marker Lamps
12. Side Reflectors
13. Side Marker Lamps and Reflectors (30 feet or more in overall length)
(Refer to Reference Section as per lighting diagrams and as applicable to the particular trailer being inspected.)
14. Serial or Vehicle Identification Number
15. Window Tint.
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