I passed inspection today! Mr. Adrian Lindsay, the inspector came by, the first word I heard when he pulled up was ‘cool’, so that was a good start. I have been dreading inspection basically since I started this thing because I had no idea what it entailed… I like to know answers before I start! He whipped out his tape measure and started looking at things before I even know what he was looking at. So, I wanted to chronicle the items he took note of.
- He took down the vin number on the trailer which was previously titled, if it was not it would have been a bigger issue, when you do get your trailer title it right away (I was charged a late fee which you can also avoid by doing this). Mine was originally titled as a flatbed utility trailer… even though that is not your end goal, title it first anyway, it will save headache.
- He measured the length and width, Idaho is total length, he mentioned a lot of other states are bed size. Be sure to fit inside of your states codes, you can find more info on that HERE.
- He checked out the lights, he did not check to see if they were operable, I do need to add some amber color side lights to the front end of the trailer, turns out there are red ones on the back, amber ones up front which help tell the front from the back at night, I learned that today!
- He checked out my axles and mentioned they are 7,000 pound axles, I thought they were 5,600 pound each.
- He made sure on this size of trailer there are electric breaks
- He checked for safety chains OR a break-away mechanism.
- He looked at my appliances and noted that I had a gas water heater and stove, looked at the fridge/freezer
- Took a couple of pictures
- Asked about heating, I think that is all
Other comments on the inspection, Adrian was nice enough to write me a note to take to the DMV tomorrow and get a plate so that I can move it this weekend but we will be finishing the paperwork next Tuesday. I asked a few questions. He mentioned that in general between states there is reciprocity meaning that since I do meet Idaho codes I could drive it through most places without issues, even if I couldn’t necessarily pass their inspection based on size etc. Each state has little finicky things that they prioritize, like mud-flaps, top amber lights on the front of the trailer, etc.
I think that is all I can remember right now, if I remember something else I will mention it, if you have any other questions go ahead and ask, if I don’t have the answer posted here but I asked I will be sure to pass on th info, if not I will be meeting with him Tuesday and I am not shy to ask him your questions directly :).
In other news, I think I ruined my house! It’s too dark! Ok, that’s a bit dramatic, but I am really kinda bummed with the color right now, really hoping it lightens up! I did put a second coat on the doors too, they are looking a little more solid green :), and Dad’s burn looks worse today, ouch!
Here are some pictures: