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#11275351 - 12/10/15 08:37 PM Boat trailer inspection
MFD911 Davy Sanchez Offline
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Registered: 03/16/04
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Received a letter stating that trailer inspection is now needed before getting tags.
I recall seeing a post here a while back about this, can't find it...

Anybody have location around Plano area they use?
I've called a couple places, no one knows what I'm talking about.
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#11275380 - 12/10/15 08:46 PM Re: Boat trailer inspection [Re: MFD911 Davy Sanchez]
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Anyplace that does vehicles is supposed to do trailers also. It's new so I think a lot of people are still confused. Got a buddy that does side job at inspection place that told me
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#11275473 - 12/10/15 09:36 PM Re: Boat trailer inspection [Re: MFD911 Davy Sanchez]
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Any trailer rated for 4501 pounds or more is required to get an annual inspection. (Farm trailers are exempt)

You must have brakes on your trailer as well to pass the inspection. Not sure how well they really check though.

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#11275480 - 12/10/15 09:41 PM Re: Boat trailer inspection [Re: MFD911 Davy Sanchez]
nxt Offline
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Registered: 09/24/15
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Loc: Benbrook, TX

Went thru this last year. Found a place in North Fort Worth, told me a didn't need it, I believe you have to to over 4500 lbs. Went ahead and paid the seven dollars and got it done anyway. When I went to get new reg. they said I didn't need it, your under 4500 lbs. Then why put it on my renewal notice? Answer: I dunno know. Very few of the insp. stations for auto will do them, the place I went was a truck tire shop off of 820.
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#11275488 - 12/10/15 09:47 PM Re: Boat trailer inspection [Re: MFD911 Davy Sanchez]
trlrman Offline
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Loc: wford / t-wok
Dps.texas.gov you can do a search for a inspection station and yes 4501 Gvwr and up require inspection
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#11275676 - 12/11/15 04:37 AM Re: Boat trailer inspection [Re: grout-scout]
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Registered: 05/05/10
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Loc: Livingston Tx
Originally Posted By: grout-scout
Any trailer rated for 4501 pounds or more is required to get an annual inspection. (Farm trailers are exempt)

You must have brakes on your trailer as well to pass the inspection. Not sure how well they really check though.
Farm trailers are not exempt home made trailers are all my trailers are farm trailers and still had to get it done.

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#11275678 - 12/11/15 04:41 AM Re: Boat trailer inspection [Re: MFD911 Davy Sanchez]
lamoon78 Offline
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My boat wont have to get it next year. I talked to the place I get my tags and told them there was no way my boat and trailer weighed that much they told me next year before I buy the tag to tell them again and they would change the weight in the system so I wouldnt need to get them anymore.

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#11275704 - 12/11/15 05:30 AM Re: Boat trailer inspection [Re: lamoon78]
trlrman Offline
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Registered: 04/24/08
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Loc: wford / t-wok
Originally Posted By: lamoon78
Originally Posted By: grout-scout
Any trailer rated for 4501 pounds or more is required to get an annual inspection. (Farm trailers are exempt)

You must have brakes on your trailer as well to pass the inspection. Not sure how well they really check though.
Farm trailers are not exempt home made trailers are all my trailers are farm trailers and still had to get it done.
farm trailers are exempt Grout is correct on this ,I print out the list for folks every week. I guess if your in Harris county it could be different ?
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#11275716 - 12/11/15 05:52 AM Re: Boat trailer inspection [Re: MFD911 Davy Sanchez]
WillieKetchum Offline
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Registered: 06/11/15
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Loc: Huntsville, TX
Trailers that are registered with farm tags are exempt.

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#11275794 - 12/11/15 07:05 AM Re: Boat trailer inspection [Re: grout-scout]
tx2va07 Online   content
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Registered: 07/24/14
Posts: 243
Loc: Joshua, TX
Originally Posted By: grout-scout
Any trailer rated for 4501 pounds or more is required to get an annual inspection. (Farm trailers are exempt)

You must have brakes on your trailer as well to pass the inspection. Not sure how well they really check though.



I hope the part about the brakes is either not true, or not really enforced. Mine is over 4500 but the brakes were pulled off of it. I didn't have an issue the first time I got it tagged, but that would suck to fail for that.
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#11275822 - 12/11/15 07:21 AM Re: Boat trailer inspection [Re: lamoon78]
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Originally Posted By: lamoon78
My boat wont have to get it next year. I talked to the place I get my tags and told them there was no way my boat and trailer weighed that much they told me next year before I buy the tag to tell them again and they would change the weight in the system so I wouldnt need to get them anymore.


Just did mine yesterday and the lady was very nice and made the change. Just don't know if they will do it through the mail or not. I don't like going down there to renew. I tried to renew on line and the trailer inspections do not come through on the computer to Austin and then to your county Tax Collector; so I had to go down to the office. Glad I did seeing I got it changed to the under weight; so no more inspections. We will see if it comes through the mail next year like it use to.
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#11275893 - 12/11/15 08:02 AM Re: Boat trailer inspection [Re: tx2va07]
trlrman Offline
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Registered: 04/24/08
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Loc: wford / t-wok
Originally Posted By: tx2va07
Originally Posted By: grout-scout
Any trailer rated for 4501 pounds or more is required to get an annual inspection. (Farm trailers are exempt)

You must have brakes on your trailer as well to pass the inspection. Not sure how well they really check though.



I hope the part about the brakes is either not true, or not really enforced. Mine is over 4500 but the brakes were pulled off of it. I didn't have an issue the first time I got it tagged, but that would suck to fail for that.
brakes are required to be working . At 20 mph truck and trailer must stop within 20 ft safely. Also make sure your 3 lights in center rear are working. all inspection stations should be checking everything on their list you will only get a couple of warnings before the fines start and then lose your licence to inspect ! At my business it is more of a hassle than a help but I take it very seriously !
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#11275926 - 12/11/15 08:18 AM Re: Boat trailer inspection [Re: trlrman]
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Registered: 07/24/14
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Loc: Joshua, TX
Originally Posted By: trlrman
Originally Posted By: tx2va07
Originally Posted By: grout-scout
Any trailer rated for 4501 pounds or more is required to get an annual inspection. (Farm trailers are exempt)

You must have brakes on your trailer as well to pass the inspection. Not sure how well they really check though.



I hope the part about the brakes is either not true, or not really enforced. Mine is over 4500 but the brakes were pulled off of it. I didn't have an issue the first time I got it tagged, but that would suck to fail for that.
brakes are required to be working . At 20 mph truck and trailer must stop within 20 ft safely. Also make sure your 3 lights in center rear are working. all inspection stations should be checking everything on their list you will only get a couple of warnings before the fines start and then lose your licence to inspect ! At my business it is more of a hassle than a help but I take it very seriously !



Well that sucks. Guess I'm going to be screwed if they check because my whole assembly is gone. Wonder if you can take the boat and trailer to get weighed, and get the gross weight changed if you're under the 4500?
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#11275933 - 12/11/15 08:23 AM Re: Boat trailer inspection [Re: MFD911 Davy Sanchez]
tx2va07 Online   content
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Registered: 07/24/14
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Loc: Joshua, TX
Just called the tax office. They said if you take the boat and trailer to get weighed and it is under the 4500, then they will change it in their system.
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#11275956 - 12/11/15 08:35 AM Re: Boat trailer inspection [Re: tx2va07]
Rob Lay Offline
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Registered: 02/21/10
Posts: 5103
Loc: Southlake, TX
Originally Posted By: tx2va07
Just called the tax office. They said if you take the boat and trailer to get weighed and it is under the 4500, then they will change it in their system.


that's good news! how many bass boats with trailers are more than 4500? I don't think too many, but not for sure. I have another enclosed trailer than can haul 10,000 pounds, but it is less than 4500 empty. Hmmm.
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