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Old 12-07-2022, 07:21 PM   #1
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Question Class C Inspection - NY DMV??

I purchased a used Class C (32' 2022 Sunseeker) in NJ a few months ago, and am registered in NY. I'm trying to figure out where and what kind of NY DMV inspection I need...

I'm not in a rush as I'm not too worried about getting stopped in NY state for the inspection in particular, and it's got a valid inspection sticker from NJ through at least 2024 (maybe 26? I don't remember, but that's neither here nor there...). But, NY requires an annual inspection in order to renew registration. So I'm just trying to get my ducks in a row here.

First, I'm not sure what weight I'm supposed to be looking at! Forest River's documentation indicates a GVWR of 14,500lb. My actual NY registration document says my weight is 8,000lb.

I've attached NY DMV's current guidelines (Form VS-77) which say:
The maximum gross weight (MGW) is the weight of the vehicle, as indicated on some vehicle registration certificates.

This form then breaks down the inspection categories, with any non-trailer passenger vehicle carrying 15 or less people, and under 10,001 pounds is treated the same. So based on this (and my reg saying I'm only 8,000lb), it looks like I only need the same ol' inspection on this MH as I need on my Toyota Camry? (Assuming the inspection shop can handle the size - which it seems a lot can't!)

The next category is for 10,000-18,001 pounds and essentially looks to be the same thing as the lighter category, but the shop gets to charge more $$.

I called a few heavy truck inspection places in the area, all of which sounded pretty confused why I was asking about RV inspection...

What do you other NY Class C-ers do for inspection??

If I do need a specific kind of inspection, does anyone have recommendations in the Orange County area? We store the MH in Sussex, NJ just over the border.

Thank you!
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Old 12-08-2022, 05:06 PM   #2
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I took my E450 14,500 lb chassis, class A, Axis to a tire shop for tires and NY State Inspection.

They went by GVWR and the slip says 10,000 to 18,000 weight and it cost $26.

I only got it inspected because NYDMV requires a current State inspection to renew the 2 year registration.
The first 1 1/2 years it wasn't inspected but much of my use is outside NY state and like you said, whos looking.
Before that it was registered in FL but it cost 4 times as much a year to insure it.
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Old 12-08-2022, 06:39 PM   #3
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Thank you for sharing your experience! I'll try looking for one of those large tire shops and see if they'll take care of it.

Also I'm kind of surprised FL insurance was more expensive!
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Old 12-08-2022, 06:41 PM   #4
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If registered in NY you should have a 10 day pd to get inspection.
Inspection from an out of state previous registration is not valid in NY.
If you are not worried about being stopped because you are out of state any not returning soon that's one thing. If you operate in NY and counting on NJ inspection on NY registered vehicle you are likely to be disappointed.

Re weight.... seems like there is an error on NY registration???
You need to find the right answer and decide whether to get it corrected or ignore it until something happens where it us questioned.
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Old 12-08-2022, 07:31 PM   #5
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Yes, I'll be going out of state for Christmas week and then it'll be parked (storage in NJ) until ~March/April. Between Jan and then I'm planning on getting the inspection. My 10 day extension lapsed a while back ... I believe I can get another extension from NY DMV but it won't set "foot" in NY state until spring when I travel to the inspection station.

As far as the weight on the registration goes ... unless it comes up at the inspection or registration renewal, I'm not going to chase it. NY's definitions use "MGW" or maximum gross weight, which it explicitly says is different from the "designed carrying capacity of the vehicle" for determining inspection categories. I'll deal with it if/when it becomes an issue down the road. I understand that these things need to be written the way they are because it's law, but it's still kind of frustratingly confusing for non-lawyers...
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Thank you for sharing your experience! I'll try looking for one of those large tire shops and see if they'll take care of it.

Also I'm kind of surprised FL insurance was more expensive!
Coastal Florida has hurricanes, central NY, north of Syracuse doesn't.
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