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Old 07-17-2019, 09:23 PM   #1
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Trailer registration and inspection

I do this annually at a RV dealer 2.5 hours away in November in PA. With this trip, I also deal with recalls and improvements like replacing the tires.

This year, I don't have any reason to go there other than for registration.
Anyone else diligently do this or is this a waste of time and money? What are the chances you get busted?
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Old 07-17-2019, 09:41 PM   #2
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Here in NYS, our registration renewals come in the mail. All trailers expire at the same time, here. A colored sticker goes on the tag, and it's different every year, so police can spot a violator very easily.
Inspection stickers just staple to the registration, so it's not visible, until the police stop you for something, or pull up behind you to help when you have a flat, or breakdown, and get curious. Our inspections here are only $6, and there's a lot of inspection stations around us. Not worth the aggravation for $6.
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Old 07-17-2019, 10:16 PM   #3
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Inspection stickers just staple to the registration, so it's not visible, until the police stop you for something, or pull up behind you to help when you have a flat, or breakdown, and get curious. Our inspections here are only $6, and there's a lot of inspection stations around us. Not worth the aggravation for $6.
Yes, get your RV Inspected every year in New York State.

Back in 2015 on a Sunday morning, at Letchworth State Park, NYS Parks Police had a checkpoint at park exits and randomly stopping anyone towing travel trailers/fifth wheels for vehicle registration and inspection compliance. If all was good, they would then inquire the RV inspection and registration. Since my rig was new, I was ok. But they nailed my brother who did have current registration but his TT was three years old and did not have it inspected since picking it up from the dealer - with the fine, fees and surcharges, $200.00 bucks out of his pocket. I think that was the last straw for him as he now resides in Nashville, TN.
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Old 07-18-2019, 02:27 AM   #4
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Absolutely yes you need to do it here in PA. I started using our local equipment trailer dealer for inspections. Much cheaper than the dealer and more convenient to get to.
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Old 07-18-2019, 03:42 AM   #5
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Absolutely yes you need to do it here in PA. I started using our local equipment trailer dealer for inspections. Much cheaper than the dealer and more convenient to get to.
Are you saying an inspection station can charge what they want to do the inspection? Here in Virginia, an inspection station can only charge $16 for the service, even dealerships.
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Are you saying an inspection station can charge what they want to do the inspection? Here in Virginia, an inspection station can only charge $16 for the service, even dealerships.
Yes. My local equipment trailer dealer charges $50. My selling dealer $79.99.
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Yes, in the great state of NY I get the inspection. What happens if you get into an accident without the inspection? Don't know and don't want to find out. Called several places, like the other poster stated some places don't seem interested in getting you in for $6.00. One year I went to camping world and was charged around 125.00 ( inspection, plus labor) to get it done. I'm not sure if that was legal but I paid I will never go back to camping world to get it done.
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I may or may not have had my trailer inspected since we bought it new in 2016. Dealer wants $80 for it but like Midnightmoon I would find a local shop to do it.
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I may or may not have had my trailer inspected since we bought it new in 2016. Dealer wants $80 for it but like Midnightmoon I would find a local shop to do it.
And I just want to add, when I had it done at the dealer, all they did were check the lights and pull the breakaway switch. When I had it done here at Smouse in Mt. Pleasant, they actually inspected the trailer. They jacked it up, checked all 4 brakes, bearings on all 4 wheels, crawled under it with a creeper and checked the springs, shackles, etc. They even checked the tire pressure. I was really impressed with their work and I have absolutely no issue paying for an inspection when they actually do something.

If anyone is ever in the area, I highly recommend Smouse.
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I am glad we have no inspections and the trailer plates you pay once when you buy it and they don't expire. What do they inspect for $6, can't be much since its so cheap, more of a hassle just to drag the TT there.
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