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Old 11-27-2012, 07:49 PM   #1
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Texas Safety Inspection

I'm considering consigning my RV to PPL for sale. They require a Texas safety inspection but I am not sure about the emissions test but it appears that is also required.

I looked at Texas DPS site but it doesn't seem to directly address the RV inspections. Does anyone have a good link to this subject and/or direct knowledge?

It appears that the emissions testing is determined at the county level. PPL Consignments in the Houston area says emissions it required but I am also looking at MHSRV SW of Dallas but doesn't mention safety and/or emission testing in their literature.

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I am unaware of any emissions inspection. There is none in San Antonio. An annual inspection for my motorhome costs about $15.

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Old 11-27-2012, 08:06 PM   #3
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It is up to the county. Dallas county and Tarrant county require it. I live in Howard county and it is not required there. It is usually required where there are higher populated counties.

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Is your MH OBDII equipped? All that's involved in Texas emissions testing for my gasoline fueled OBDII vehicles is to plug into the computer and verify proper operation of the emissions system and that no codes are set. They also check the fuel cap for proper sealing. Non-OBDII gasoline fueled vehicles get sniffed. Diesel fueled vehicles aren't tested. Having said that, I'm not sure how the emissions testing requirements translate to a higher GVWR vehicle such as a motorhome.

Emissions testing is required in EPA non-attainment areas; Harris County (Houston) and surrounding counties are in a non-attainment area and therefore require emissions testing. Other locales in Texas may or may not, depending on their EPA status.

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Hey Sky_Boss.
Best I can do for you quickly is give you this which is for a diesel MH
Texas State Inspection
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$14.50
$1 for green sheet

That's where mine was done. There was no emission test but when you register certain year diesels - mine is '08 - you pay an extra 1% tax for diesel emissions over the 6.25% sales tax. I didn't know about that 1% and had done lots of research. Ouch!

Since it's a state inspection the guys in Plano ought to know for gassers as well or may point you to someone in Houston who knows for sure. The $1 green sheet is required when registering - they run the VIN and give a green piece of paper to prove it.

Give em a call and see what they say.
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I've had mine inspected in both Travis (Austin) and Polk (Livingston) counties. No emissions test. But we have a diesel unit, and that might be the difference.
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As I said, diesels aren't subject to emissions testing - yet. Note the truck in my signature. It gets a safety inspection only in Harris county, unlike my gassers that have an OBDII emissions test.

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How can PPL require a TEXAS safety inspection if your vehicle is licensed in IL? If so, have it done in any smaller town away from the large urban centers. No pollution test required. If the MH were licened in Texas, the county of registry is where the inspection MUST take place.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:17 AM   #9
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Thanks folks...

Yes, I have the OBDII port so that makes sense to me on the emissions testing. I'm also glad to see it isn't a lot of $$$$ for the test itself.

I suppose I can have the emissions tested locally first and see if there are any codes and know that I won't have any surprises if I opt for consignment in TX. The PPL was clear that only GAS units were subject to the emissions testing and I suspect, based on the responses, they are captured in that Houston area requirement.

I'm guessing with the information I have at this time that TX dealers might have some requirement that requires vehicles being sold to have a TX safety inspection. I'm not going to get my undies in a bunch over something less than $20 when it is going to cost me nearly $400 in gas to get it there.

The added $1 for the "green sheet"? MEHH!

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How can PPL require a TEXAS safety inspection if your vehicle is licensed in IL? If so, have it done in any smaller town away from the large urban centers. No pollution test required. If the MH were licened in Texas, the county of registry is where the inspection MUST take place.
Pure speculation on my part but suspect since Texas registration requires inspection, weight, proof of some insurance and green sheet - they want to get that out of the way upfront. This was recent experience and I say some insurance because county was willing to take proof of insurance on my car - not the Motorhome. While I know they sell to those that register out of state - either way - can you imagine how upset a new buyer would be to find they can't pass inspection to register in 30 days and have to come out of pocket with money to be street legal.

Again - just guessing as to the requirement and as noted - not an expensive step to take and probably saves headaches for everyone except possibly a seller that is unloading a unit with a known issue. I doubt either PPL or any other "broker" wants to be caught up in such a mess that could ensue.
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MHSRV is 5 miles from me emissions are required better part of $50
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I looked at Texas DPS site but it doesn't seem to directly address the RV inspections. Does anyone have a good link to this subject and/or direct knowledge?
Stop anywhere in TX except Houston and Dallas and there is not an emissions test requirement.

If someone buys it from any other state but TX the inspection was all for not.

For it to be registered in TX it will need a weight certificate(any CAT scales) and a VI-30A when inspected.

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The emissions test really ain't no big deal on a properly maintained OBDII vehicle. My diesel runs $13.50 for a safety inspection only while my gassers cost $39.50 for safety + emissions inspections.

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We live in Harris County (Houston area) and had our Bounder inspected today. Much to our surprise, there was NO EMISSIONS TEST, just the safety inspection. It cost about $14.
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