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Sandflee
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« on: March 10, 2010, 04:24:37 PM »

Hey guys, just bought a 2002 Coleman Utah and I've been spending some time cleaning this and fixing that. Anyway, today I noticed an inspection sticker on the trailer tongue that exspired in 06. I live in Richmond, Va. Do I need to get this thing inspected yearly? And if so, who does this?
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2010, 04:42:17 PM »

I can speak for Massachusetts.  No inspection required if it has a non-commercial registration and is under 3000 lbs.  I brought my Jayco to an inspection station and the guy there said he had never done one.  He called his contact for inspection questions and the above is the answer we got.
I think it may vary by state/ province.  I would just ask at any inspection station.
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« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2010, 04:55:17 PM »

Hello Sandflee,

I used to live in Virginia Ė Colonial Heights, Radford, Richmond, and VA Beach - just in case anyone wanted to know!!!  I just check the DMV and State Police sites and there was nothing specific to RVís/Motorhomes/Campers, etc.  This is all I could find:
I have a small trailer and I would like to know if it is required to be inspected?  It depends. If the "actual gross weight" is 3,000 pounds or more, it is required to have brakes and is required to be inspected. (The "actual gross weight" is the weight of the trailer plus the weight of any load that the trailer is carrying.) If the "actual gross weight" is less than 3,000 pounds, it is not required to be inspected; however, any trailer under 3,000 that is equipped with brakes is also required to be inspected.

Hereís the link, but you can probably find the answer pretty quickly with a phone call as Lennotglen suggested - http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Safety.shtm. This page had phone numbers, email, etc.

Good Luck and Happy Camping!

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« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2010, 04:56:38 PM »

I had to get one for my Chesapeak when I lived in Vermont.  Just call your local RV dealer and ask.
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« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2010, 05:07:55 PM »

I'm a cop in VA, if your camper has brakes it needs to be inspected, any inspection station can do it. They will check tires, lights and break away switch.
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2010, 05:46:32 PM »

I was gonna say the same thing, except that I'm not a cop... If it has brakes, you gotta get it inspected...
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2010, 06:21:05 PM »

Well it does have brakes so I guess I'll be getting an inspection soon. Thanks all for taking the time to look this up. Smiley  Hybrid Green  SUV Black  Dodge   USA.
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« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2010, 06:14:41 AM »

yup..brakes=inspection...I found it far easier and cheaper to disconnect the brakes...my 1st trip I hadn't peeled the old sticker off and was pulled for it..I showed the clipped brake wires ...and on down the road I went!
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« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2010, 07:00:36 AM »

yup..brakes=inspection...I found it far easier and cheaper to disconnect the brakes...my 1st trip I hadn't peeled the old sticker off and was pulled for it..I showed the clipped brake wires ...and on down the road I went!

I can safely say I never thought I would hear the phrase, "I found it far easier and cheaper to disconnect the brakes" lol

These things have brakes for a reason, I would say spend the couple bucks to keep up with it, safety should come first.
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« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2010, 07:03:25 AM »

yup..brakes=inspection...I found it far easier and cheaper to disconnect the brakes...my 1st trip I hadn't peeled the old sticker off and was pulled for it..I showed the clipped brake wires ...and on down the road I went!

I can safely say I never thought I would hear the phrase, "I found it far easier and cheaper to disconnect the brakes" lol

it's an apache that weighs in at about 1700 lbs and my TV is a diesel excursion...I had to install a rear camera so I could make sure it was back there...
the brakes are the stock ones from '78 and the replacement parts are not readily available, so I saved that, plus the yearly inspection cost Grin
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« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2010, 07:25:20 AM »

yeah, I'd say you don't need brakes, my fault. lol

However, it is still a sentence I never thought I'd hear :)

I tow my 3800 lb pup with a Trailblazer SS, it tows it like it isn't even back there, but it was in the shop one day, so I towed it with my dad's 2009 dually F450 crew cab diesel, and I actually forgot there was a trailer behind me lol.

That drivetrain is amazing
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« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2010, 07:31:33 AM »

We are in PA and I think it is the same thing here if over 3000 then yes.  Plus we have brakes and I remember the dealer last year saying something about inspection.  You would think they would put some sort of inspection sticker on trailer somewhere.  My pup is in storage right now but I am positive that here is no inspection sticker on there. 
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« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2010, 01:15:58 PM »

I just got mine last week, and dealer pointed right to the tounge's inspection sticker.
I looked back towards him just liike a deer in headlights wondering where to get it inspected.
Do all auto inspection shops perform trailer inspections too?
PA w/ March/2011 sticker.
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« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2010, 01:35:26 PM »

I'm with BDG, I know mine doesn't have an inspection sticker, but my camper was inspected, by the same dealer as his last year...

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« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2010, 01:38:41 PM »

I know there is no sticker on there but I am planning on getting it inspected none the less just in case. 
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