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Old 06-19-2008, 07:20 PM
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For you guys in Pa; apparently we need any trailer over 3000lbs gross weight capacity inspected. At a marina near me the state police were there writing as many tickets as they could. I suspect Pa is losing revenue from decreased fuel sales tax revenue so they are finding ways to increase their income. Just a heads up.
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For you guys in Pa; apparently we need any trailer over 3000lbs gross weight capacity inspected. At a marina near me the state police were there writing as many tickets as they could. I suspect Pa is losing revenue from decreased fuel sales tax revenue so they are finding ways to increase their income. Just a heads up.
Well, I doubt that's the reason, they are just enforcing the law. Know the law, and make sure your trailer is in compliance.

It's for your own safety and the safety of other motorists.
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Spoken like a true lawman rwidman. I have yet to talk to anyone who has a trailer that knew it had to be inspected. That includes the 30 or so people who got tickets last week. Maybe it would not hurt Pa to spend a little more time educating. How hard would it be to stick something in the envelope for yearly registration that Pa requires a state inspection. Glad I sold my trailer last year!
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I also live in pa and I have never heard of getting a boat trailer inspected. after reading your post I asked 2 of my friends that have been boating almost 25 years and they were unaware of this also. I went on a few sites and the way I read the laws it says the trailer must weigh over 3000 pounds, the examples I found were all camper type trailers., nothing about boat trailers. how about a landscape trailer, empty the trailer is under 1000 pounds but full of mowers I am sure it would top 3000.
I am taking my truck in for service on Monday, I will check with the station and see what they say.
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I would not mind seeing trailer inspections in FL. You should see some of the accidents waiting to happen I have seen.

Wow! That thing moves? Really?? Are pieces of it supposed to be falling off?
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I live in Pa. and trailer inspection has been required scince the early 1980's. Probably earlier than that. Pa. also requires brakes on every axle on trailers over 3000#.
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I live in Pa also, and never seen an inspection sticker on a boat trailer, I guess when boat dealers sell boat trailers they should be inspected, but they don't know this either. Its d@m confusing!

I'm moving to Florida
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Hell here in SC we do not even have a tag on a trailer


I guess that explains why so many trailers get stolen in SC


What to they inspect, I can see the lights and I guess tires but what else is there to inspect
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Hell here in SC we do not even have a tag on a trailer


I guess that explains why so many trailers get stolen in SC


What to they inspect, I can see the lights and I guess tires but what else is there to inspect
Correct on the tags and stolen trailers. For a state so eager for funds from anyone who can afford it, it seems strange that tags aren't required.

As for the inspection, add brakes and the general condition (rust, loose or missing parts, fenders, etc.) to the list.
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Spoken like a true lawman rwidman. I have yet to talk to anyone who has a trailer that knew it had to be inspected. That includes the 30 or so people who got tickets last week. Maybe it would not hurt Pa to spend a little more time educating. How hard would it be to stick something in the envelope for yearly registration that Pa requires a state inspection. Glad I sold my trailer last year!
Thank you for your support.

That's a good suggestion and you should bring it to the attention of the PA DMV.

For anyone unclear of their state's trailer requirements, it would be a good idea to check with their state DMV. That would be the ultimate authority.
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Took my boat trailer for the PA inspection and they wanted $75.00. I ask why so much when it only has two wheels to pull and no horn, wipers, headlights and shocks to inspect? Was told: "because its a boat trailer." I passed on the offer and figured I'll take my chances with fines. That was 10 years ago and I'm $750.00 ahead and that's even without the three light identification bar for trailers over 80 inches wide (Federal requirement). Just lucky so far I guess?

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Re: Why? vs Revenue.

Blame it on fuel costs. The cops have less money for gas to cruise the highways so they are finding laws they can enforce at less expense. Heck, some places are imposing a "fuel surcharge" on speeding tickets!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080619...t_080619113219

You really cant blame the cops individually either. It's a valid law even if the cost is extortionate (if that aint a real word you know what I mean). Like anyone else they have to show 'productivity' to get a good review. All jokes aside we know they dont just sit around all day with coffee and donuts watching the world go past.

Inspections are really just a tax in most states. When my state switched to annual from semi-annual (25 years ago) they doubled the fee. You just gotta grin and bear it.

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PA trailer inspection is a joke. When I had my travel trailer inspected in the late 70's the mechanic would ask me "how's the brakes", make sure all the lights came on, then peel and stick the sticker after I paid him. The last time I had a boat trailer inspected they didn't even take the tires off to look at the brakes. I don't understand why a trailer needs to be inspected by a so called professional when I can do it myself. It's in my best interest not to have a break down. A tow off an interstate would make $108 seem like small change.
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When I had a trailer boat in PA, the inspection station told me that unless the trailer weighed over 3000 lbs or had electric brakes, it didn't need inspected, so it wasn't.
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When I had a trailer boat in PA, the inspection station told me that unless the trailer weighed over 3000 lbs or had electric brakes, it didn't need inspected, so it wasn't.
That is correct unless something changed this year I have not heard about. The trailer must weight more that 3Klbs to require inspection. Gotta be one big friggin boat to have a trailer weighing that much. Most trailers for 29ft boats only weight about half that. Where did this ticketing event occur????

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When I had a trailer boat in PA, the inspection station told me that unless the trailer weighed over 3000 lbs or had electric brakes, it didn't need inspected, so it wasn't.
That is correct unless something changed this year I have not heard about. The trailer must weight more that 3Klbs to require inspection. Gotta be one big friggin boat to have a trailer weighing that much. Most trailers for 29ft boats only weight about half that. Where did this ticketing event occur????

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I still think the best thing to do would be to check with the state DMV. Better safe than sorry.

Get it in writing in case someone tries to give you an undeserved ticket.
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The 3000 is GVW meaning the weight of the whole rolling package. Doesn't matter what the trailer weighs empty. Whole law is written around that concept including licensing. You also need brakes on that kind of weight and they need to work. That's the reason for inspection. If we all took care of our equipment this need wouldn't be there. Unfortuanately we all don't and therefor inspections. Also to the guy who mentioned the inspector who liked money, not work, his license is trash if one person reports him.
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The 3000 is GVW meaning the weight of the whole rolling package. Doesn't matter what the trailer weighs empty. Whole law is written around that concept including licensing. You also need brakes on that kind of weight and they need to work. That's the reason for inspection. If we all took care of our equipment this need wouldn't be there. Unfortuanately we all don't and therefor inspections.

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Its $29 bucks for the inspection......kinda good peace of mind...
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