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Old 06-18-2015, 05:51 AM   #29
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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.

Twenty-six states require regular inspection of automobiles to rid the highways of dangerous vehicles with bald tires, wobbly suspensions, smoke-filled exhausts, and defective brakes and lights. These states are:
Arkansas, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.


The rest do not , I was living in Wyoming in the seventies when they decided to ditch the annual vehicle inspections . The governor went on the TV and stated that the program was a joke in that it was extremely easy for someone to patch up an old car with "borrowed" tires , ETC. to get a sticker ,then put the old ones back on and go their merry way for another year . Plus that it was such a hassle for everyone to be forced to have to deal with sometimes unscrupulous inspectors that would gouge the drivers for useless and unneeded repairs. And that the State would step up on the road inspections by Troopers for cars that were clearly not in compliance with the laws on the books .

There were several states around that time that did away with the inspections .
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Old 06-18-2015, 06:00 AM   #30
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I don't fully understand the decision to stop vehicle inspections in Mississippi. The news footage I saw of the legislature discussing the decision stated that "cars are safer these days". That doesn't stop someone from driving around with bad wiper blades or a blown light bulb. I think it has to do with money partially. They went in the hole charging only $5 for the inspection. It cost more to administer the program and print the stickers than that. If an inspection station splits the money with the state, $2.50 isn't worth their time. Maybe they could have continued doing the inspections, but charged $10?
Does the window tint inspection still exist? That was just dumb. I quit even getting window tint inspections. The first year on the Pathfinder, they made me remove the eyebrow tint. The first year on the Tundra, it passed window tint inspection. The second year, same tint did not pass inspection. "Too dark," they said. It's the same tint. It don't get darker with age. That was in 2008. At that time I decided I just wasn't gonna get any more window tint inspections and I haven't. Nothing has ever been said about it, even when I have gone for the vehicle inspection or through MHP road blocks. The only reason I ever started getting window tint inspections was to try and do the right thing and comply with all state laws, even the ludicrous, ridiculous, asinine state laws that benefit no one and serve no useful purpose, like the window tint law. Funny thing is, cop cars have window tint black as midnight. Why are they excluded? But apparently cops around here are excluded from speed limits, stop signs, red lights, talking and texting on cell phones...
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Old 06-18-2015, 06:08 AM   #31
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I think now that Mississippi no longer does vehicle inspections, if a law enforcement officer sees a blown light bulb he will pull you over.
I think we may have a shortage of highway patrolmen. I haven't been through one of those highway patrol road blocks in several years. I don't see patrol cars as I travel. 99% of motorists speed and pass on a solid line. No police presence. In the past, you would see at least one highway patrol car every time you hit the road. Now I never see patrol cars. In the past, you could count on those road blocks at every holiday time. I think they were checking for Driver's license, inspection, tag and registration. I made it through them with my supposedly too dark illegal window tint. I would have my license out and roll the window down before I got to the checkpoint.
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:16 AM   #32
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Used to live in Texas and when I bought my preowned Casita in Kansas in 2010I had to show proof of inspection to register it in Texas. I took it to an oil change facility and asked them to inspect the trailer. They appeared to be confused but had a tech go out and look around the trailer then issue me the inspection sticker and paper work. I had that trailer until 2013 and never bothered to have it inspected again because it never occurred to me but the state still allowed me to register online. When I bought my AS from a Texas dealer they performed the inspection as part of the sales paperwork. I moved to Missouri in late 2013 and when I went to register and title the AS I didn't have to show them proof of inspection. I think I paid for a two year registration at the time.

Auto and trailer inspections are just for revenue and not for safety. The inspections are inadequate for true safety. The states should just add the inspection fee when you register the vehicle and have you agree that your vehicle is safe and maintained properly. It would better for safety if they required drivers to be inspected.

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Twenty-six states require regular inspection of automobiles to rid the highways of dangerous vehicles with bald tires, wobbly suspensions, smoke-filled exhausts, and defective brakes and lights. These states are:
Arkansas, California, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.


The rest do not , I was living in Wyoming in the seventies when they decided to ditch the annual vehicle inspections . The governor went on the TV and stated that the program was a joke in that it was extremely easy for someone to patch up an old car with "borrowed" tires , ETC. to get a sticker ,then put the old ones back on and go their merry way for another year . Plus that it was such a hassle for everyone to be forced to have to deal with sometimes unscrupulous inspectors that would gouge the drivers for useless and unneeded repairs. And that the State would step up on the road inspections by Troopers for cars that were clearly not in compliance with the laws on the books .

There were several states around that time that did away with the inspections .
Arkansas has not had vehicle inspections in over a decade and a half now. I do not know the reason inspections were ended.

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Courtesy of the Navy I spent some time in Virginia. I had 5 different inspection stickers on my windshield. Everyone wanted a piece of the action. When living in Kalifornia the focus was on emissions. Virtually impossible to pass as they were designed. They had a repair limit of $150 to bring into compliance. People would just go ahead and give the inspector $150 up front and get a passing sticker. It was nothing but a racket by a corrupt contractor. When living in Maine they tried to require emissions inspection. The state contracted with the same company that ran the Kalifornia scam program. The people refused to play their silly game and would not get the inspections. After 1 year the state closed down the program. Civil Disobedience at its finest.
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:35 AM   #35
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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.
OK David is on this Texas two step very well here. According to County Tax collector on phone today, here is what happens. This year, 2015, if your registration on the trailer comes due and you do not have a current inspection on file, you will get a letter stating that and be instructed to complete the inspection. Take the letter and the inspection report to your county Tax collector in person to get your registration renewal (that was my process these last few days).
Starting next year, David's above quote applies: out of state----self certify your vehicle---register online---your renewal sticker will be mailed as normal. You will have 3 days upon return to Texas to have it inspected (the system sends the TX inspection report directly to DMV).
According to information today, your 2016 registration renewal will be mailed to you with or without a 90 day inspection on file. You can return and pay via mail for that registration but until the "within 90 day" inspection shows up in their computer system, "OR YOU INCLUDE WITH YOUR RETURN PAPERWORK THAT YOU ARE OUT OF STATE AND CERTIFY THAT YOUR VEHICLE IS IN GOOD CONDITION" your renewal sticker will not be mailed out. Then again if out of state, once back in TX, you have the 3 days for the actual inspection to be completed.
I hope this is the real process concerning the inspection/self inspection, it is not what I was told at the Collectors office while registering the trailer a couple days ago. I didn't think to ask about syncing the TV and Trailer registration, sorry.
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:40 AM   #36
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I don't fully understand the decision to stop vehicle inspections in Mississippi. The news footage I saw of the legislature discussing the decision stated that "cars are safer these days". That doesn't stop someone from driving around with bad wiper blades or a blown light bulb. I think it has to do with money partially. They went in the hole charging only $5 for the inspection. It cost more to administer the program and print the stickers than that. If an inspection station splits the money with the state, $2.50 isn't worth their time. Maybe they could have continued doing the inspections, but charged $10?
Does the window tint inspection still exist? That was just dumb. I quit even getting window tint inspections. The first year on the Pathfinder, they made me remove the eyebrow tint. The first year on the Tundra, it passed window tint inspection. The second year, same tint did not pass inspection. "Too dark," they said. It's the same tint. It don't get darker with age. That was in 2008. At that time I decided I just wasn't gonna get any more window tint inspections and I haven't. Nothing has ever been said about it, even when I have gone for the vehicle inspection or through MHP road blocks. The only reason I ever started getting window tint inspections was to try and do the right thing and comply with all state laws, even the ludicrous, ridiculous, asinine state laws that benefit no one and serve no useful purpose, like the window tint law. Funny thing is, cop cars have window tint black as midnight. Why are they excluded? But apparently cops around here are excluded from speed limits, stop signs, red lights, talking and texting on cell phones...
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Today I got our Airstream "inspected". I used the Texas web site that has a location finder for places that will do trailer inspections. I picked one near our home in Dallas, and went there. One of the employees came out and greeted me as soon as I pulled up, and commented that it was a nice trailer. I thanked him, and we chatted for a moment or two before he said "This will be a very easy inspection, such a nice trailer," and then he grinned broadly. He walked around the trailer, and looked it over briefly, without touching anything, or asking me to turn on any of the lights. He was back standing beside me in less than 30 seconds and smiled and said "You passed". I paid him $7 and was on my way. Everything on the trailer works perfectly, so of course I didn't actually need a safety inspection, so I was happy to have it done quickly, but I was a bit surprised. I suppose I shouldn't have been.

Here's a link to the Texas web site that has an interactive location finder for places that do trailer inspections. Once you select a city or zip code and click "SEARCH", a list of businesses comes up. The code for places that inspect trailers is TL. Hope this helps anyone who hasn't gotten their inspection done yet.

https://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/vi/VIa...r/default.aspx
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I thought Rick Perry was for less government regulation. Or is this Greg Abbott's fault?

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Old 08-05-2015, 05:23 PM   #39
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Seven bucks doesn't buy much these days,,,,

Lets see $100 an hour divided by seven....

.15 of an hour....

Nine minutes.....

The wrecks he has to spend more time on are just losers....

The mechanic will probably get about 25% of $7,,, or $1.75....
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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.
Forget Texas, go to SD. Very painless and very inexpensive. It cost me $79 for my truck and $115 for my trailer. A drivers license is $28 for 5 years. We had ours in less than 10 minutes. No inspections.
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. "This will be a very easy inspection, such a nice trailer," and then he grinned broadly. He walked around the trailer, and looked it over briefly, without touching anything, or asking me to turn on any of the lights. He was back standing beside me in less than 30 seconds and smiled and said "You passed". I paid him $7 and was on my way.

Mine took a bit longer as the guy wanted to see the inside... There's really nothing to it.
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Mine was painless as well. They checked lights, tires, brakes and emergency breakaway switch. Not bad at all. Took about fifteen minutes. I think they know that folks with the high dollar trailers like ours are gonna be in top shape. It's the folks dragging the flatbeds and home built junk out there that should get flagged by these inspections. And that should make the roads safer for everyone.
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