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#6333 - 04/02/11 07:28 AM PA RV Inspection
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This will be my first time owning a camper in PA......every other state did not have inspection requirements for RVs.

Is it typical to have a roaming inspector come to your house for the inspection? It seems a bit ridiculous to hook up, tow, drop off, hook back up, tow home and put away for a state drain on my money! Or does everyone do that?

Regardless, who do you use in Lancaster county?

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#6335 - 04/02/11 10:07 AM Re: PA RV Inspection [Re: Desertdualsport]
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I remember seeing an ad for someone that does that, but I don't remember who it is. We always took our travel trailer, and now the motorhome for inspection. Until this year, we were going to a dealer. They charge $108 for motorhome inspection. Ours is at a small local garage right now for inspection, and the total cost is $44. And I never realized till last night that the motorhome doesn't need emissions testing. So that was $108 for just state inspection.
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#6340 - 04/02/11 11:25 AM Re: PA RV Inspection [Re: Desertdualsport]
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Just make sure you take your trailer to a certified trailer inspection station. Inspection time is also a great time to have your bearings inspected and re-packed if necessary. Many travel trailer and fifth wheel owners over-look this. This is a great time to have your all your seals and roof visually inspected as well. A little preventative maintenance goes a long way. Regardless where you take it, just make sure the garage/dealer/inspection station is reputable.
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#6502 - 04/19/11 10:33 AM Re: PA RV Inspection [Re: Desertdualsport]
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I am a certified inspection mechanic and it is not legal in PA to have someone inspect a vehicle or trailer away from their licensed inspection station. It is a pain, but you will have to take your trailer to a station to have it inspected.

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#6505 - 04/19/11 10:59 AM Re: PA RV Inspection [Re: Desertdualsport]
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BowFisher,
Thank you for providing us with this information. I know our service department would know this, however us sales people learn new things every day.
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#6508 - 04/19/11 07:57 PM Re: PA RV Inspection [Re: Desertdualsport]
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i knew that was the case for cars, but didn't know it about RV's. Which brings another question.
We frequent a campground and have friends that have a seasonal. they require all seasonal campers to have valid registartion and inspection, but there are lots of casmpers there that stay there all year. i'll have to ask when we go there.
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#6512 - 04/20/11 09:01 AM Re: PA RV Inspection [Re: Desertdualsport]
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Unless there is a law specific to recreational vehicles that I am unaware of, all vehicles in PA have to be inspected at a station. Anyway, the few I do I make them bring them to the garage and don't chance the law.

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#6513 - 04/20/11 10:42 AM Re: PA RV Inspection [Re: Desertdualsport]
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Miken and BowFisher.
I just confirmed it. You must bring your travel trailer or fifth wheel to a certified inspection station to have it inspected. You can not have it inspected at a campground or your house. Campers that are permanent parked do not require inspection as long as it is not required by the campground. I just think inspection time is a great time for the good old preventative maintenance. It may be the only time a qualified person looks at the trailer.
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#6579 - 05/01/11 08:20 AM Re: PA RV Inspection [Re: Desertdualsport]
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Thanks for the replies!
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#16826 - 03/14/14 08:42 PM Re: PA RV Inspection [Re: Desertdualsport]
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Do campers need to be inspected every year in pa. Or do they get every other year.
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