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Old 05-02-2013, 12:26 PM   #15
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From the "rules and laws section" of the NH DMV web site.


PART Saf-C 3227* TRAILERS AND SEMI-TRAILERS
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Saf-C 3227.01* Inspection Required.
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(a)* All trailers, semi-trailers and full trailers with a registered weight of 3,000 pounds or more shall be inspected.
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Key to this conversation is the meaning of the words "registered weight" as it applies in New Hampshire. In many States, that number has nothing to do with curb/empty, or actual as-weighed. It's about the total weight potential, which is the GVWR number stated by the manufacturer.

If that's the case in New Hampshire, I think the Casita in question would be over 3,000 pounds and thus subject to the requirement.

The inspection's no big deal- it mostly involves checking that the brakes work.

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Old 05-02-2013, 01:44 PM   #16
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Here's a link to all the speed limits in states and provinces

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Old 05-02-2013, 04:45 PM   #17
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We've had about a zillion trailers of just about anything you could imagine over the past 50 years and have never had to have any inspected.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:02 PM   #18
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yes. i have heard some of the rv guys say in nh GVWR is what determines if you need brake controller. i think over 2000 lbs needs brake controller in nh.

i have the whole page about inspections and no where does it define registered weight. that is why i am confused.

but if so many in nh get registered and not inspected - like me...it must be empty weight.

wouldnt they tell me when i registered it if i needed it inspected?

one guy did say if it has brakes it needs to be inspected...but the paper from the state doesnt say anything like that anywhere
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:11 PM   #19
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camper inspection nh

in the link norm posted above it says nh brake law is 3000lbs. that is probably more correct than the 2000 the rv shop told me. they have made more than one mistake. it really helps to see it in writing...

heres camper inspection law in nh-i hope i can attach it

i guess i cant attach it---but the impt part is posted above
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:49 PM   #20
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i know...its hard to know who to listen to...the other shops didnt say anything...but then they didnt say i needed a brake controller either...with my full size truck.

dmv emailed me a page...its long...i think this is the only part that means anything to me.

(a) All trailers, semi-trailers and full trailers with a registered weight of 3,000 pounds or more shall be inspected.

but i dont know if "registered weight is empty or full...am i supposed to say dry or gross?

the casita is about 2400/3500 i think...i dont have the papers here...

i got the brake controller on the new truck and the rav's hitch home...so i am making progress.

the registration people didnt say anything in 2 separate offices ... but they did seem to have trouble finding the casita in the blue book and i just noticed they have it registered as 2 axels...so it seems like somthing is really wrong. i wonder if i can be blamed for that.

when i register the truck i will ask again...and see what happens.
I'm in Maryland and registered the Casita in February shortly after taking delivery. The MVA could not find Casita in the national DOT database and registered the RV asking a few questions on length, weight, height and number of axels. Recording the make and model with hard entry. The weight was recorded net, not gross.

Like Donna the tags are renewed every two years. I'm not aware of any requirements for non-commercial trailer inspections e.g. Boats, RV's, etc.

I checked the DOT and NHTSA websites and could not find any Federal requirements for inspections.

Hope this is helpful.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:30 PM   #21
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Hi guys, I just love the internet. Every question I have has already been answered. I was even happier to find it on a site I'm already registered at!

We just took delivery of a new Scamp 16' (Dry weight around 2,000 lbs). The woman at the town hall said it had to be inspected but we might have to go to a "special" inspection shop and we should look it up in the yellow pages.

I went straight to the NH DMV site and found this:

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PART Saf-C 3227 TRAILERS AND SEMI-TRAILERS
Saf-C 3227.01 Inspection Required.
(a) All trailers, semi-trailers and full trailers with a registered weight of 3,000 pounds or more shall be inspected.
It sounds to me like we are in the clear. The town already robbed me of $270 for the registration (and the state took $30), so I was hoping that would be it. Anyway, there is really nothing to inspect since its new.

I can't wait for our first camping trip! Actually I'm just excited to hook up the camper to the truck and take it for a spin to see how it feels. I don't even know if the brake controller is wired correctly yet
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:56 PM   #22
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Ha... You got off easy. Register a new Scamp in the Golden State and sales tax and registration will cost you almost 10% of your purchase price.

BWT: Hie Ye to the closest parking lot to try out that brake controller, otherwise that "Spin" might be more than you expected.

Many years ago my late wife did a 180 degree spin pulling our 25' Airstream, in the middle of an interstate, at 60 MPH, due to a dealer not setting up a brake controller correctly.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:08 PM   #23
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Thanks for the tip! Should I drive there with it off then? I was going to hit a parking lot anyway just to practice backing up. I've pulled uhauls before but always found ways to either back up perfectly straight or not back up at all. I don't think I'll have that option pulling into campsites. I've gotten better with the lawn tractor and trailer though so I'm hoping I don't look like a fool at the campground. The sad part is that people WILL be watching me. My truck does not go unnoticed.
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There are usually instructions with the controller on how to set it up for both wet and dry conditions. My 1st concern is if it is over sensitive and you start locking up the trailers wheels. Maybe going without brakes for a short distance until you can calibrate the controller might not be a bad idea.

In our case a dealer had just serviced the brakes the day before and the sensitivity was set way too low and the manual override didn't work. When a triple semi when by us going down hill, at about 80MPH, the Airstream started to sway and, basically, the tail wagged the dog and it spun us around before stopping. No injuries, but the inside of the trailer was a mess and the tires were shredded. We came to a stop faced into traffic, a real "E-ticket" ride.

BTW: She refused to ever drive with the trailer attached for the next 9 months and 20,000+ miles of a 1 year vacation
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:32 PM   #25
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My wife refuses to drive the truck anyway, so I don't think she'll attempt it with the trailer on! I think I'll put it on the lowest setting and check the manual override before I leave the neighborhood. The airport is only a few miles down the road and I think there are a few parking lots on the outskirts that don't get used. As long as the cops don't show up and shuffle me along I should be able to get some practice in. Then hopefully I won't take out the mail box backing into the driveway.

My truck has a completely overhauled brake system...but its from 1975 so they require more effort than I'm typically used to to apply brakes. I just took the truck up and down Mt Washington (with nothing in tow) and the brakes handled fine...however the bigger take-home from that trip was that the engine braking is superb. Anyway, I'm still a little nervous about towing with it but I'll take it slow at first and likely won't exceed 60 mph ever.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:56 PM   #26
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Chris,
I'm not sure you mentioned which Scamp you have. If it's the 13' don't be alarmed if the instructions don't quite work as described. It's almost impossible to lock up the 7" brakes on the 13'.
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:10 AM   #27
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The 7" brakes on my 19' grabbed damn hard, and I would be surprised if they had been messed with in years.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:48 AM   #28
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I've got the 16' Scamp (brand new).
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