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Old 09-10-2017, 04:34 PM   #1
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Changes to Texas trailer Inspection rules 9-1-2017

New Legislation

Senate Bill 1001
Effective Sept. 1, 2017
SB 1001 changes the actual gross weight or registered gross weight for a trailer, semitrailer, pole trailer, or mobile home from 4,500 pounds or less to 7,500 pounds or less to be exempt from vehicle inspection.


Used to be 4500 pounds or less
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Cool. That's most Airstreams.
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Old 09-10-2017, 05:41 PM   #3
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Thanks for sharing. That's great news
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Cool. That's most Airstreams.
Under 27' by today's weights
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Old 09-10-2017, 06:20 PM   #5
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Under 27' by today's weights
My 1997 30' registered weight is 7200, you may want to check yours, Bruce
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I believe all that matters is what's listed on the title, correct?
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Oh nice! Mine is just under at 7300 (28', 2007 Safari). I'm just about to leave home and find domicile elsewhere. Was aiming for SD but Texas was what I wanted. Hmm, food for thought. Thanks PeterH!
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What kind of inspection? Would a heavier trailer traveling through TX be subject to inspection?
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What kind of inspection? Would a heavier trailer traveling through TX be subject to inspection?
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PA has yearly trailer inspections. It's no different than the inspection on your car. Same sort of stuff gets checked. High points on a trailer are brakes, tires, and lights. Just like a car, it only applies to vehicles registered in the state.

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Old 09-10-2017, 06:31 PM   #10
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I believe all that matters is what's listed on the title, correct?
yes, registered weight as documented on the title, which doesn't necessarily match the ID plate on the trailer.
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Old 09-10-2017, 06:38 PM   #11
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What kind of inspection? Would a heavier trailer traveling through TX be subject to inspection?
No, its License renewal for Texas residents. A few years ago they made the license renewal dependent on a passed inspection. So people were forced to get their trailer above 4500 pounds inspected. In a city like Austin, that can be difficult undertaking, since many station do not want to inspect a 30' trailer towed by a 20' TV. And you had to do it the county of your residence.
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Great news...

As I own 4 trailers it's been a bit of a pain to keep everything legal. Last registration I was "joking" with the auto shop I take everything to that it would be easier to take a video of everything working with today's paper and bring it in. Since I'm a dedicated customer, she was actually warm to the idea...

Do you know how it applies to trailers whose registration expired last month?

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As I own 4 trailers it's been a bit of a pain to keep everything legal. Last registration I was "joking" with the auto shop I take everything to that it would be easier to take a video of everything working with today's paper and bring it in. Since I'm a dedicated customer, she was actually warm to the idea...

Do you know how it applies to trailers whose registration expired last month?

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Dont know, Ian, one would assume that the law of 9-1-2017 is in effect.
I found out by visiting with a new Airstream owner this morning. She just registered her trailer weighing 5200 and they told her that she is no longer required to get the inspection.
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That new weight allows all recent Airstreams 25' or less in length to escape the inspections for the Texas license.
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