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Old 06-17-2015, 11:59 AM   #15
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Texas RV dealers will have to become qualified inspectors. Seems like the places that sell 18 wheeler trailers could do the inspection.
We have trouble getting the DOT Annual Inspections on our fleet trucks in Texas. They no longer put a sticker, the Annual Inspection Label, on the vehicles. This could be a problem if one of the trucks leaves Texas headed to another state. Why can Texas just do it the same way as the rest of 'em?
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:14 PM   #16
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I was told by the rep when I was talking to her about registering our 1967 Overlander that we'd still have to get a weight slip to prove it is under 4,500 even though our title says it is 4180. So the 4500 includes its "carrying capacity or actual load" too. I'm hoping our weight certificate will still show under 4,500 with actual load but who knows. I'm assuming that now that they are requiring inspection before registration that the inspection stations will get up to speed within the next few months.
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:31 PM   #17
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Yep , this trailer inspection sticker thing has been around for a lot of years in Texas . Yet up till now the police rarely , if ever , enforced the law as to travel trailers , more so for bumper pull and goose neck lowboys and work trailers . Case in point , when we came back from upper Illinois with our new to us AS and took it to an inspection station to get them to verify the serial number , the inspector said he had never put a sticker on a travel trailer in all his years of inspecting stuff . But since a sticker was part of the deal , he looked to see if the lights worked and put a sticker on the tongue of the trailer . Did not even check to see if the brakes worked or not .
Knowing that Texas had the law in place that trailers over 4500 pounds had to have brakes and yearly inspection and a weight ticket from a certified scale to get an out of state title changed over, we stopped at a CAT scale in Arkansas on the way home and weighed the trailer axles only with the weight distribution system unhooked and with empty tanks , the weight was 4000 pounds so we slipped in under the law that requires yearly inspections in order to get renewed license plates .
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:42 PM   #18
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Well, Texas trailers have been using the registration sticker on the license plate for years and required proof of liability insurance on SOME vehicle to issue it, so the last part isn't new. Your valid registration should be accessible in the state's computer system, so if someone steals the sticker and you get stopped, the officer should be able to check against your license plate and/or VIN to find that you're duly registered. It's not a bad idea to carry a copy of the registration papers in the glove box, but it's not required for non-commercial vehicles in Texas.

Travel trailers are (and have been for a long time) subject to a safety inspection if your titled GVWR for the trailer is 4501 lb or more. The difference is that this year they're changing the process for getting your license tags (for a motor vehicle OR a trailer, by the way) to require you to get the inspection (which no longer comes with a sticker) before you can renew your registration.

As far as not being in Texas within 90 days of your renewal, well, if you're not a full-time student or in the military you're required to get the inspection in Texas. This has always been true for your tow vehicle, so it's not really a new restriction. Once you get the inspection done, you can still renew the registration by mail or online unless you've waited until the last minute.
Real good detail added DKB. Even though the trailer inspection has been required in TX for years it was not enforced. However, your last paragraph--I have to disagree. The 90 days "prior to" inspection is a new restriction. Before, you could get your inspection any time (on TV or trailer if you wanted). Your TV and/or trailer registration was always mailed--with or without inspection proof. Now, you must inspect no sooner than 90 days prior to registration exp date or no registration is mailed, or allowed until you return to TX with your TV and trailer and get it done. If you are out of state during that 90 days, you do have a restriction that is a problem.
As far as politics, $7.50 of the $14.50 the inspection used to cost now goes to your County tax collector and the state costs of printing the inspection stickers is gone.
Also, It will be interesting to see the trouble, if any, others have in finding an inspection station that accepts trailers. Not all state inspection station listings on the web that show they will inspect trailers will do so. 6 of the 10 I called showed they inspected trailers but only one would do my 30 footer.
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Old 06-17-2015, 12:58 PM   #19
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...if you are a full timer or a wanna be... it might be a good reason to move your residence to Florida or some other more RV friendly state eh?
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:10 PM   #20
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Kwik Kar auto service station does trailer inspections. Dripping Springs, TX. Brand new place on 290 west. Very nice folks and tons of room for any RV. If they are busy you can eat lunch next door at the Burger King which is also right next to the Shell which has huge lanes for pulling through. Very easy in and out from the highway.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:19 PM   #21
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Real good detail added DKB. Even though the trailer inspection has been required in TX for years it was not enforced. However, your last paragraph--I have to disagree. The 90 days "prior to" inspection is a new restriction. Before, you could get your inspection any time (on TV or trailer if you wanted). Your TV and/or trailer registration was always mailed--with or without inspection proof. Now, you must inspect no sooner than 90 days prior to registration exp date or no registration is mailed, or allowed until you return to TX with your TV and trailer and get it done. If you are out of state during that 90 days, you do have a restriction that is a problem.
As far as politics, $7.50 of the $14.50 the inspection used to cost now goes to your County tax collector and the state costs of printing the inspection stickers is gone.
Also, It will be interesting to see the trouble, if any, others have in finding an inspection station that accepts trailers. Not all state inspection station listings on the web that show they will inspect trailers will do so. 6 of the 10 I called showed they inspected trailers but only one would do my 30 footer.
It's true that the 90-day thing is new as an explicit restriction, but technically you were required to have that inspection done before its expiration every year. The burdensome aspect comes from them actually enforcing what's been on the books for years. It occurred to me today that it could be an extra inconvenience for part-time Texas residents if their tow vehicle and trailer renew at different times of the year. I wonder if there's a way to get the state to change your renewal cycle if you happened to buy a trailer in January but a vehicle in July...

I think you've slightly misunderstood the change regarding the renewal notices, though. Their website states that if your inspection is expired, they won't send you the standard registration renewal but they WILL send a different form:
If your inspection record cannot be found, is expired or failing, you will not receive a registration renewal notice. Instead, TxDMV will send you an Inspection and Registration Notice informing you that no record could be located. The notice will remind you that an inspection must be completed in order to renew your vehicle registration.
Also, there's a procedure if you're out of state when you need to renew the registration. They'll still send you the registration tag but you'll be required to get your inspection within 3 days of returning to "your home, duty station or destination in Texas."
If your vehicle is currently 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 online, by mail or in-person. Please contact your county tax office for more information about their requirements for out-of-state registration renewal.
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Old 06-17-2015, 01:54 PM   #22
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Thanks for the great info!!!

BTW,, maybe my experience will help.. my truck was "out of sync" with inspection and license renewals because it was a Demo for 6 months before I bought it and the dealer has to have an inspection to use it on the road as a demo. When I purchased I did not get re-inspected. License renewal was done before the law took effect and the "inspection" process was up and running.

As it turned out, once the law was in effect a while, the truck inspection came due. After inspection, I went to the County Clerks office with my little
Paper. The Clerk asked "would you like to pay for the used months, the renewal will be good till next year and sync with the Inspection?" So, now we are "legal" and in sync. I paid a prorated amount for the 6 months "out of sync" on the license.

A hassle.. Yes, a bit.. But the process was better than expected.
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Re: One vehicle's inspection and registration being out of sync: that's useful info but I was thinking in terms of the tow vehicle's registration being out of sync with the trailer's registration. Not a big deal for those of us who are generally in state, but an extra hassle for "seasonal Texans" (the term used on the TxDMV site.) Maybe they'll offer the same pro-rata extension for one or the other to get those in sync?
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Re: One vehicle's inspection and registration being out of sync: that's useful info but I was thinking in terms of the tow vehicle's registration being out of sync with the trailer's registration. Not a big deal for those of us who are generally in state, but an extra hassle for "seasonal Texans" (the term used on the TxDMV site.) Maybe they'll offer the same pro-rata extension for one or the other to get those in sync?

In the past I used to just ask the clerk to set the month I wanted. Maybe can't do that anymore? I'd try the angle that I am out of state, and vehicles out if sync present a burden not likely intended by the legislature.
Someone higher up ought to be able to remedy that.
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How does this effect the many Texas residents in name only full timers? Asking because I am getting ready to hit the road full time and need a legal residence of record. I have heard that Texas may be a good state for that.
Try South Dakota. No state income tax, low tax on vehicle. Just have proof that you paid sales tax on your vehicle somewhere when you reregister. Many mail collection and forwarding services available. Property tax on real estate somewhat high, but if you are full timing it, no problem.
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Old 06-17-2015, 04:01 PM   #26
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a real pain

If you are like me, and get an old Airstream to fix up and use....you cannot register it in your name and transfer the title until you have it inspected. Many times that take well over a year to get in inspectable condition. Now both the seller and the purchaser are left hanging....
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Just leave the purchase date on the title open. Ooops! did I just say that??????/
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Old 06-17-2015, 10:10 PM   #28
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Mississippi does not inspect travel trailers. They also recently did away with private vehicle inspections. Not sure what they were thinking when they did that.
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