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Old 06-15-2014, 08:30 AM   #21
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in Louisiana, you put it with the reg. most are not aware that they need one but if the trailer is registered, it has to be inspected. some learned that here the hard way with boat trailers.
any inspection station does it here. my dealer didn't do it.

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Old 06-15-2014, 09:06 AM   #22
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Do we need to get 5'ers inspected in NC? Never heard of that.


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Old 06-15-2014, 09:13 AM   #23
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Do we need to get 5'ers inspected in NC? Never heard of that.
Not to my knowledge. Just have to pay personal property tax now at the same time you pay for the license plate/sticker.
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Old 06-15-2014, 01:06 PM   #24
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Originally Posted by campingwilliamsons View Post
In Texas it is all about to GVWR of the trailer. IIRC, the cutoff in TX is 3500 lbs, the same as the brake requirement. As far as where, in theory any place that does inspections and had a trailer endorsement can do it. In practice, trailer and RV shops are the only ones with the space to do the brake test (at least in urban areas).
My mechanic had me squeeze the paddles and put the truck in gear and take my foot off the brake. If it rolled a foot and stopped the combination; he passed it.

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Old 06-15-2014, 06:52 PM   #25
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With all the talk about inspection stickers, I went and had mine inspected today. Had planned to have the dealer take care of it when I went in to have warranty work done before the first year warranty was up but forgot to put it on the list. Took it to firstone this morning and I was in and out in about 10 minutes. Other than checking all the lights, I didn't see them check anything else. They placed the sticker on a window on the driver side of the TT.
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:28 PM   #26
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Several years ago, I bought from an individual a trailer which was registered in Oklahoma. The process of getting a Texas title required an inspection. I used a nearby auto repair shop. The office assistant did some fast-fingered computer work, went outside, opened a door, reached in and slapped a sticker on the inside of the nearest window - at an angle of 11.6 off level. I said, "You didn't inspect anything. Don't you have to test the brakes or anything?" She said, "I checked the VIN against a data base to see if the trailer was reported stolen. That's all I have to do." That was NOT my last TT but it WAS my last inspection. Don't call the po-po on me!
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:21 PM   #27
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That shouldn't have flown, and certainly won't fly at an honest inspector's now. Until this year, the inspection was to check the condition of the trailer, and make sure the lights worked. This year, the added checking the brakes as well. (You two the trailer at 20MPH, reach down and manually engage the trailer brakes, to verify for the inspector that they are working. In my case, the inspector did a ride-along)

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Old 06-15-2014, 10:46 PM   #28
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I looked at the list prior to going in so I knew what to expect. Not sure if having a 2013 TT and a 2013 TV played into what the guy looked at but he didn't asked to do a ride along to test brakes.

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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