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Old 09-10-2017, 09:33 PM   #15
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Mixed emotions about that. You see some pretty shoddy trailers rolling around Houston area, as I'm sure other areas do. Glad I don't have to bother with the Airstream, but can't help but think this change had public safety in mind...
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Old 09-10-2017, 09:45 PM   #16
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This is good news, we are finally getting a break.
PeterH, Thanks for posting about the new law.
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:00 AM   #17
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Don't know about x, but in CO "SBxxxx" would be a bill still in the state senate, not yet a state law.
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Old 09-11-2017, 09:12 AM   #18
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Not "x" -- meant to type "TX" but my keyboard is boogered. Anyhow, agree it would be a good thing -- but are you sure it's passed/signed?
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:38 PM   #19
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Our 25' international fb has a empty weight of 5500 lbs plus the carrying capacity if 1800 gives our trailer a gross weight of 7300 lbs.

From the State of TX website:

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Registration is required for all non-farm trailers operating on public highways. Registration and titling requirements vary according to trailer type and weight. Most utility trailers fall into two categories: Manufactured (built by a trailer manufacturer) or homemade (built by an individual in their garage or shop). In addition, trailers are categorized by gross weights (the trailer weight plus the weight it can carry) under and over 4,000 lbs.




Trailers with a gross weight exceeding 7,500 lbs. must pass an annual safety inspection.
In some cases, you may be asked to provide additional information such as:
  • Weight Certificate, and/or
  • Photograph of trailer.
For information about all required documentation and fees, contact your county tax assessor-collector office.
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Old 09-11-2017, 02:40 PM   #20
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Be sure and check the data plate and registration for the correct gross vehicle weight. Sometimes the wrong info gets documented. Texas registration fees are base on GVW stated on the tittle.
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Old 09-11-2017, 03:44 PM   #21
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I don't suppose our 1988 325 Classic Moho fits in this category. It and our jeep are both registered in Chris's hometown.
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:55 PM   #22
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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
That's great, because where I live, the inspection was a joke.....just checked
to see if the rear lights worked.
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Old 09-11-2017, 10:07 PM   #23
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I got jipped

Bought a new 25' FC in December 2017 and went to register it in Texas since it was an out of state purchase. I was told I needed an "inspection". I explained it was a trailer without a motor and was told, I need an inspection. So took my baby who was nice and clean out in the rain and mud to a local service station where they looked at the lights, commented about the hitch (ProPride) and said what a nice trailer it was. I will have to look and see what weight is on the title, so I can skip that next year, I hope. It was in Montgomery County.
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Old 09-11-2017, 10:37 PM   #24
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Nice, Texas is going to be our new domicile state.
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:37 AM   #25
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I cannot find official documentation but when went to a service station to ask about how to get my AS safety inspected last Spring, I was told by the inspector that if you have a trailer semi-permanently set up and can't pull it out easily, an inspection is possible with the AS paperwork only. It worked for me.
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:09 AM   #26
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Mixed emotions about that. You see some pretty shoddy trailers rolling around Houston area, as I'm sure other areas do. Glad I don't have to bother with the Airstream, but can't help but think this change had public safety in mind...
I feel the same way. Here in Waco; I have seen some mighty poor trailers used daily by contractors. Cracked frames, loose floorboards; parts rusting off the trailer. I would have simply amended the law to exclude any trailers 5 years old and younger from inspection.
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:14 AM   #27
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The charge for trailer inspection is only $7. Inspections stations will not spend much time inspecting anything on your trailer. Probably ask to turn on the lights and they will give a glance at the tires and kick them and then sign off.

My Classic 25fb has an 8000lb GVWR. If we decide to domicile in Texas it can't be that hard to find an inspection station to do the trailer.

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Old 09-12-2017, 12:08 PM   #28
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My 1997 30' registered weight is 7200, you may want to check yours, Bruce
There is a difference between REGISTERED weight and the GVWR on the data plate. My GVWR is 8300-but I COULD register it at 6700 or such.

You ever get pulled over and checked, there will be a hurt coming. For $14.50-no thank you. I'll register mine as tagged and get it inspected.

It's more of a pain to hook up and drag to the station than it is to have inspected. I try to coincide with a camping trip when I am hooked up anyway.
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