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Old 05-16-2018, 04:53 PM   #1
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State inspection annoys me

In Texas, you have to get an annual inspection on any trailer with a GVWR exceeding 7500#. Our 26u is 7600#. So for 100#, I have to make sure everything is secure inside, the stabilizers are up, power disconnected, install hitch and bars, tow trailer 2 miles to Kwik Lube and pay $7. “Can you get in the truck, turn on the lights, turn signals and hit the brake pedal? Thanks. “. Then and only then can I go to the local county tax office and pay $77 to renew the registration. I wouldn’t mind it if the inspection was actually meaningful.
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Old 05-16-2018, 04:59 PM   #2
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Our trailer plate renewal for a 22 footer, lighter than yours was north of $250 bucks....here is sunny Southern California.

If all I had to do was take the AS on on short trip and renew my tag for a grand total of $84, not counting my time and gasoline to get there and back, I'd be smiling all the way.

Hm. now that I have some hard data, I think I need to convince DW to move to Texas.....

Smile, it could be much, much worse!!!

By the way, in Chicago, you don't pass the inspection unless there is a $20 bill wrapped around the registration card when you check in...and that vanishes into the inspector's pocket...
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:14 PM   #3
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Michigan plate is permanent. No inspection, no smog BS for the truck, no nothin’.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:17 PM   #4
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Our trailer plate renewal for a 22 footer, lighter than yours was north of $250 bucks....here is sunny Southern California.

If all I had to do was take the AS on on short trip and renew my tag for a grand total of $84, not counting my time and gasoline to get there and back, I'd be smiling all the way.

Hm. now that I have some hard data, I think I need to convince DW to move to Texas.....

Smile, it could be much, much worse!!!

By the way, in Chicago, you don't pass the inspection unless there is a $20 bill wrapped around the registration card when you check in...and that vanishes into the inspector's pocket...
Illinois does not have inspection of rec. RVs.
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Old 05-16-2018, 06:51 PM   #5
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$77 for registration? Id go through all that for a $77 registration bill. I just paid mine - it was over $1,400 for my 2017 30
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:04 PM   #6
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$77 for registration? Id go through all that for a $77 registration bill. I just paid mine - it was over $1,400 for my 2017 30
Sounds like you are in Georgia...
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Old 05-16-2018, 07:20 PM   #7
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You could sell the trailer and not be aggravated?????

In NY they do that and have to remove one wheel to look at the brakes...so you get to coach the inspection place through that concern with an Airstream.

Or, look at it as a cost of doing business with a travel trailer....

Bigger issues to get in a tizzy over. Read the post running on dump station delays. Easy to make a big stink over that situation!!!
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Old 05-16-2018, 08:08 PM   #8
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When I lived in Hawaii you'd take your car to the laundromat to get the inspection filled out then go to the gas station to turn in the signed form, pay the money, and get the sticker.

We don't do any of that in Florida.
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Old 05-16-2018, 11:35 PM   #9
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I wouldnt mind it if the inspection was actually meaningful.
It's tax revenue.
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Old 05-17-2018, 05:23 AM   #10
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You should probably take it back, complain, and make them do it over again correctly.

4.20.12 Electric Brake System. (Trailers) (Ammeter)
1. Inspection Procedure. a. Insert a low-range (0 to 25 amperes will be adequate for most two and four brake systems; 0 to 40 amperes may be required for a six brake system) DC ammeter into the brake circuit between the controller and the brakes. With controller in “off” position, ammeter should read zero. Gradually apply controller to “full on” position; observe maximum ammeter reading and current modulation. Gradually return controller to “full off” and observe return to zero ampere and current modulation. Divide maximum ammeter reading by number of brakes.
Check for loose or dirty terminal connection and for broken, frayed, or unsupported wires.
2. Inspect for and reject if:
a. Trailers showing a per-brake maximum amperage value of more than 20% above, or less than 30% below, the brake manufacturer’s maximum current rating.
b. Ammeter showing no reading, or needle indication not steady on application and release of brake controller.
c. Loose or dirty terminal connections; broken, frayed, or unsupported wires.
d. Trailers using single conductor or non- stranded wires or wires of a size below brake manufacturer’s minimum recommendation.
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:10 AM   #11
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In Texas, you have to get an annual inspection on any trailer with a GVWR exceeding 7500#. Our 26u is 7600#. So for 100#, I have to make sure everything is secure inside, the stabilizers are up, power disconnected, install hitch and bars, tow trailer 2 miles to Kwik Lube and pay $7. Can you get in the truck, turn on the lights, turn signals and hit the brake pedal? Thanks. . Then and only then can I go to the local county tax office and pay $77 to renew the registration. I wouldnt mind it if the inspection was actually meaningful.
Be glad you do not live in North Carolina. Went to register our new 2017 Int. Serenity 23D Last May and was told it would be a one time "Road Use Tax" fee of $1750,00 and the first year tag at just under $1000.00! Yes, you read that correctly. Each year you pay property tax on your vehicle and RV registration renewals. Also, car/pickup have annual inspection fee of $30.00. The tag for my tow vehicle, 2013 Ford E150 van is around $230.00 for one year. We wound up registering Airstream in Ohio. No annual inspection and the tag is $21.00 per year.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:09 AM   #12
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We live in Virginia and we do pay personal property tax. This past year for our 2017 28' Serenity it was $919.00. We also have to pay for an annual inspection which is not terrible expensive. My license plate is permanent. The personal property tax will go down as the trailer ages. But it is a bite. My biggest complaint is not having to pay the fees, it's the process of hitching up and making a special trip to have it inspected. I suppose I could do it when we're heading out on a trip, but I really don't like the idea of taking a fully loaded rig into an inspection place. Such is life.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:13 AM   #13
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I have a friend who swears by this -
https://mainetrailerregistrations.com/

and he lives in Florida!
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:39 AM   #14
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What is required under 7500# in Texas

Does this mean that a trailer with less than 7500# in Texas avoids the annual inspection only?

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