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#5668737 - 03/25/15 11:51 AM Are trailers supposed to be inspected like an auto?
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Just got my renewals in the mail for the new process where you're supposed to get your inspection first, in order to have your registration updated (no longer will have a reg. sticker on the windshield).

Do trailers have to be inspected? I have a single axle utility, double axle flatbed and a 5th wheel camper if the type matters.

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#5668772 - 03/25/15 12:10 PM Re: Are trailers supposed to be inspected like an auto? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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not unless something has changed this last year.
only motorized vehicles operated on public roads.

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#5668773 - 03/25/15 12:13 PM Re: Are trailers supposed to be inspected like an auto? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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This again? Yes, your trailers will need annual inspections now.
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#5668777 - 03/25/15 12:15 PM Re: Are trailers supposed to be inspected like an auto? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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Anything with a GVWR over 4,000# will need to be inspected. This has been the law for a long time, but they're now going to actually enforce it on the smaller trailers. I got a ticket for no inspection on my 24' gooseneck two years ago
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#5668883 - 03/25/15 01:45 PM Re: Are trailers supposed to be inspected like an auto? [Re: Ramball36]
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Originally Posted By: Ramball36
Anything with a GVWR over 4,000# will need to be inspected. This has been the law for a long time, but they're now going to actually enforce it on the smaller trailers. I got a ticket for no inspection on my 24' gooseneck two years ago


Actually it is GVWR over 4,500#. Farm trailers are exempt from inspection. As mentioned, this has been on the books for at least 30 years just not enforced. Now this new one sticker registration will now force you to get an inspection you should have been doing all along. Long thread on this already.

http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbth..._in#Post5658627

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#5671005 - 03/26/15 06:09 PM Re: Are trailers supposed to be inspected like an auto? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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I was told a week ago that as of Jan 1 all trailers have to be inspected to get new registration. That was by Kenneth Mauns office in Collin County. They sent back my check with renewal notice, and that was the response they gave me.
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#5671066 - 03/26/15 06:51 PM Re: Are trailers supposed to be inspected like an auto? [Re: pokerj2]
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Originally Posted By: pokerj2
I was told a week ago that as of Jan 1 all trailers have to be inspected to get new registration. That was by Kenneth Mauns office in Collin County. They sent back my check with renewal notice, and that was the response they gave me.
Not true. Just trailers with a gross weight over 4500 pounds. As told to me by the County Tax office yesterday.
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#5671960 - 03/27/15 09:11 AM Re: Are trailers supposed to be inspected like an auto? [Re: don k]
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Farm trailers are exempt. Just had 2 Goosenecks tagged last week. But all the others registered over 4500 lbs. will be inspected. Single or double axles. Look at your registration and see where you are. Brake shop folks are going to get busy.

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#5672093 - 03/27/15 10:21 AM Re: Are trailers supposed to be inspected like an auto? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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#5672460 - 03/27/15 02:27 PM Re: Are trailers supposed to be inspected like an auto? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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i was told by Denton DMV/tax office on tuesday as of March 1st trailers rated at 4000 gvwr and over would require the inspection prior to receiving plate renewal. so i went to my local state inspection and inquired with them as they were aware only issue was did not know where they were going to have room to inspect trailers

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#5672578 - 03/27/15 04:12 PM Re: Are trailers supposed to be inspected like an auto? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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Should be trailers with gvwr over 4500 pounds
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#5686562 - 04/06/15 12:01 PM Re: Are trailers supposed to be inspected like an auto? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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That stinks. Mine is 4100# and have skimped past it, now time to pony up I guess.

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#5686980 - 04/06/15 03:47 PM Re: Are trailers supposed to be inspected like an auto? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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I did not have to have mine inspected, I got "Farm Trailer" tags, but I did have to produce my Ag Exempt card.
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#5688390 - 04/07/15 11:16 AM Re: Are trailers supposed to be inspected like an auto? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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This isn't anything new, all trailers over 4500gvw have always ( for at least the last 35 years) been required to be inspected, they are just now enforcing it.
Trailers registered as 'farm' are exempt. (4000gvw ~ 34,000gvw) anything more needs inspection.

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#5716487 - 04/25/15 11:45 PM Re: Are trailers supposed to be inspected like an auto? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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http://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/vi/inspection/inspectionCriteria.aspx

Here is a link to the DPS web site explaining the inspection criteria. As others have stated, this has been law for many years, it just hasn't been enforced, but now it is. All trailers with GVW of 4500# or more must be inspected. Farm trailers are exempt. The main problem that is going to arise is going to be all the 16' lowboy trailer's for example with 3500# tandem axles (7000# GVW) under them w/o brakes are now going to have to have brakes installed in order to get the registration renewed!

So, if you have a trailer that falls into this type situation, you might want to start getting the brake upgrade early as I'm sure all the trailer shops are going to be swamped with trailers needing brakes!


Edited by walkertj2 (04/25/15 11:56 PM)

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