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Old 04-19-2002, 08:31 AM   #1
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Virginia requires automobiles, RV's and boat trailers with any type of braking system to be inspected on an annual basis. Although just about any licensed service station or repair shop will do an auto inspection, most in my area will absolutely REFUSE to inspect your RV.
I recently took my TT for a state inspection. Had to drive better than a half an hour away to an RV equipped shop (read that "room") to do the inspection. About all they checked was the brake linings of one wheel (visually), tread wear, and pull away emergency brake actuator. The guy spent more time getting my receipt than he did inspecting the rig.
I find it to be a cumbersome pain in the neck to have to take time off from work in order to get the inspection done. I would love to see Virginia change to a bi-annual RV inspection. I know some RV owners who simply run without the inspection sticker, risking the fine. I would bet there are some states that do not require inspections beyond sale or title transfer.

What are your state requirements?

(Note to fellow Northern Virginians: Where do you take your rigs for state inspection? - which I'm SURE you all do )

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Old 04-19-2002, 08:31 AM   #2
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Virginia requires automobiles, RV's and boat trailers with any type of braking system to be inspected on an annual basis. Although just about any licensed service station or repair shop will do an auto inspection, most in my area will absolutely REFUSE to inspect your RV.
I recently took my TT for a state inspection. Had to drive better than a half an hour away to an RV equipped shop (read that "room") to do the inspection. About all they checked was the brake linings of one wheel (visually), tread wear, and pull away emergency brake actuator. The guy spent more time getting my receipt than he did inspecting the rig.
I find it to be a cumbersome pain in the neck to have to take time off from work in order to get the inspection done. I would love to see Virginia change to a bi-annual RV inspection. I know some RV owners who simply run without the inspection sticker, risking the fine. I would bet there are some states that do not require inspections beyond sale or title transfer.

What are your state requirements?

(Note to fellow Northern Virginians: Where do you take your rigs for state inspection? - which I'm SURE you all do )

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Old 04-19-2002, 08:36 AM   #3
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The Chevron station in town does mine. He does my three vehicles and my RV. At least he did last year. I am going to have to talk to him, this year.
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Old 04-19-2002, 08:39 AM   #4
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>(Note to fellow Northern Virginians: Where do you take your rigs for state inspection? - which I'm SURE you all do<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Not quite sure where you're located in Stafford, but we take our TT to the Little Tire Company locations at Route 3 West (by the OLD Lowes store) or at 4 Mile Fork (by the OLD Safeway) in Spotsylvania.

They've been real good about inspecting the trailer, replacing tires, etc, and they take care when fitting it in the garage, too!

I too used to run without inspection for a year or two, but only because I didn't realize I needed to do it (we bought our first TT with brakes out-of state).

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Old 04-19-2002, 08:56 AM   #5
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Texas requires an inspection sticker for towed RV's over 4500 lbs GVWR. I know a lot of people that don't have them - the dealer from whom I bought my last 5ver doesn't even inspect trailers before they leave his lot. I had to take my new 5ver straight to an inspection station on the way home.

Finding an inspection station that will even look at an RV is really tough. Many shops in the Houston area will cease doing inspections as of May 1 - emissions testing after that date requires $80,000 worth of dynamometer equipment, so getting an RV inspected is going to get even tougher.

I guess my "gripe" is, if an inspection station is licensed by the state, the state could require them to inspect any vehicle that operates on the public roads. Obviously, that isn't the case!

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Old 04-19-2002, 09:25 AM   #6
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Trailers aren't required to be inspected in North Carolina. Only motorized vehicles once a year and that's a farce.

When I take mine the only thing looked at is the registraion and odometer to get information for filling out the form. It's just another source for revenue for the state.

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Old 04-19-2002, 09:42 AM   #7
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... woodja mind if I registered my RV with your address? Heck, I'd just mail you the $10 instead.
Really, what I just suggested is done quite often here in Virginia, where in addition to inspections, we pay personal property taxes on vehicles, boats, RV's, farm equip, etc. Some counties up north go as far as encouraging residents to turn in their neighbors who may be trying to avoid paying by registering outta state. Really! Just anonymously call the "hotline".

Stripes17 - thanks for the info on Little Tire Company. Know right where it is!


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Old 04-19-2002, 09:52 AM   #8
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No trailer inspection here in the peoples republic of Taxachusetts.......yet



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No inspections in Florida either.

Used to have smog and headlight inspection, but it was done away with as being ineffective and expensive. A few metropolitan counties with major smog problems had inspection reinstated, though. Air quality has been improved in the big cities, so not sure if it is still in effect there or not.

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Old 04-19-2002, 11:52 AM   #10
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Over 8500lb GVWR (J-20 & F-350) is $15, every 2 years.

Trailer: I don't bother--the fine is $40, & most police don't even know where to look for a tag. They just look at the registration. It's supposed to be 2 years, I think.

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My 5er has some kind of sticker for the State of Colorado, that I think the dealer puts on. I never even asked what it's for. It must be a one time thing here.

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Only a few countys (The ones that must use RFG fuel) do an emmisons test on the gas vechicles.

I am exempt with the deisel.

There are no safety equipment or true vehicle inspections unless you purchace an out of state car and liecnces it in WI a local PD officer will come check to make sure it is up to "Spec" which in the case of my truck when i brought it back they came out, had me turn on all the lights, did a rolling serivce brake test, a parking brake test and took a brief look under the hood and chassis, took about 15 mins and they do it for free.

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As previously posted Texas is annual if over 4500 lbs. It is a real pain to find someone that will do it and someone that knows what they are doing. I made a post on here when I had to do a crash stop (not required) because the "Inspector" didn't know what he was doing. I was also required to speed in a residential area.

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Old 04-19-2002, 03:54 PM   #14
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In Lousiana it is yearly. But it is just look at and no inspection. The state only wants the $10.



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