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Old 07-16-2013, 11:07 PM
AintNoFun AintNoFun is offline
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Originally Posted by Ramairfreak98ss View Post
Some of you may never leave the state your registered in.. some of us always do like in NJ, we have many surrounding states within short distances.

We have a federal DOT #, which is required for any commercial vehicle to leave your home state, drove into PA pulling a 7,000lb landscape trailer "empty at the time", with a 2007 f550 Ford truck, and they ticketed us because our trailer didnt have an annual inspection sticker...

The trailer was recently at the trailer dealer for a coupler upgrade to one much more heavy duty than what came on it "a 10k version", jack upgrade, coupler is now adjustable, auto latching and paid to check brakes, bearings, lights, also had a new 3rd brake LED light put on back.

When we were pulled over during a PA DOT Checkpoint, where they only pull over out of state commercial vehicles, all kinds of problems popped up.

The trailer lights were out at the time, "all of them", they worked the night before, was not an issue with the plug because i tried to jimmy it and couldnt get any of the lights to come on. Later that afternoon they were all on again :/ wiring issue probably.

The deal with getting an annual sticker on the trailer is BS... its only required when your NOT in your home state. We have nearly a dozen trailers for the business, two campers for personal use and they said as long as its being pulled the a commercial vehicle, that it needs annual inspection sticker. So technically if i pull our travel trailer for vacation, that needs it too

I'd gladly comply with their request, however, the most local two shops, one which i hate because the Ford dealer near us who does diesel inspections is totally incompetent and screwed us over several times on ford diesel warranty issues.. requires you to drop off the truck for the day and then come pick it back up, "PLUS $100" for the annual inspection fee... thats if it passes, if it doesn't, you forfeit $100 and have to make repairs then bring it back... dont bother paying them to fix anything minor or major, you'll lose your a$$ in bills.

To pay $100 per year for each trailers inspection sticker is pointless, it would cost us over $100, plus the time to hook up, transport, drop off then pick back up the trailer after the inspection is complete. If they fail any trailer for any reason, i'd need to take it to the trailer dealer, or make repairs in house then re-pay another $100 inspection.

I'd rather just accept the $107 ticket :/ What legal BS. While we were pulled over, at least a dozen guys with trucks/trailers for landscape related or construction businesses passed by without getting flagged to pull over, because they were already illegal and NOT registered commercial.

At this stage of the game, if we could still get commercial insurance, i'd re-register all the trucks "standard" , not commercial tags and just eat the $54 tickets if we ever got pulled over in NJ for not having commercial tags, it would be so much less hassle and less costs when pulled over and ticketed, not to mention fines if a commercial vehicle has an "unsafe" or unsecured load is $500+ but only $54 if not commercial which are more of the lawn guys around here anyway.

just pay the $100. if your worried about your trailers failing then repair them.. if you they write you a ticket to "correct" and get the annual sticker and next time they pull you over and you don't have it, your screwed.. they'll put you out of service. another myth is even if you have personal registration but are hauling a load used for commerce you still fall under DOT, theres no way around it...
I actually enjoy paying the $100 for an annual inspection I would much rather know if there are any issues with our equipment rather than having an accident and be found negligent.....
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