I don't know if they even have to be insptected any more. When I took mine into the shop in NC last year, and said do the maintenance and inspect, like every other year, they said trailers did not need to be inspected anymore. So if anyone else knows, please answer. I am thinking of getting the permanent tag next time, it may be cheaper over the long haul. I had Risa at Happy Trails in NC do the work this year, so they are SC. Did a great job too!
I'd like to know this too!! At one time I didn't think it was required. Then I heard that it WAS required but only if your trailer was over a certain weight. All I know is that we've never been required to have an inspection before renewing the tags on my trailer. I don't want to find out the hard way though that it's required.
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I would have SWORN they were required, but either they aren't, or it's only if it's a living quarters trailer.
I WOULD have it inspected though. I don't know what the penalties are, if any (since no inspection required) to not having correct lights working on the trailer. I had mine inspected last year (after several years of not), and there were a few of the required lights on the trailer not working - the ones that showed full height and width of it.
Plus, unless you can do it yourself, it's really nice for them to re-pack the wheel bearings.
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I believe it has to do with the weight of the trailer and what type of weighted tags you run on your truck. I have a four horse gooseneck that I took in and they told me that it did not have to be inspected, but if I did inspect it, would be quite expensive as it has something to do with federal inspections, i.e. like what truckers have to do.
Inspections are not required. The permanent tag is the way to go if you plan to keep your trailer more than three years. Not everyone knows about the availability of these tags. A helpful clerk alerted me.