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Old 10-13-2009, 08:34 AM   #1
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Trailer laws you may or may not know

This is something I've seen up for debate several times and some already know this I'm sure, but I thought I'd pass it along anyway. Their's actually 2 things he told me that I found interesting.

The story, I got pulled over Sat. on my way to Rock Creek in Lipan with my rig on my 18' car hauler by the DOT traffic cop in FW (the one's that are in the pickups). He pulled me over for 69 in a 60 which brought up the first interesting thing, he told me flat out that if I had been doing 68 or less he wouldn't have stopped me. He said because of the trailer and more than 8 over he "had" to pull me over. Who knows if that's true or not?!

Second thing he told me that I didn't know was that my trailer has to be inspected. He said any trailer over 4500# GVWR has to be inspected annually.

He said most inspection places do the trailer inspections too. It's actually a trailer/motorcycle inspection sticker.

FYI, Michael that runs (maybe owns?) Rock Creek in Lipan does inspections. He inspected mine and my buddies trailers while we unloaded and got ready to go wheelin.
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Thanks for the info man. I have also heard you need to have the DOT reflective tape every 2 feet etc... may need to check into that. One other thing I ran into several years back while pulling my 20' home built trailer was I had to obey the posted speeds for trucks while pulling that trailer. The DPS officer did not ticket me which was nice. I was doing 70 MPH on I-20 near Grand Prarie. He checked the trailer over pretty good too.
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Too bad they don't also hassle the folks pulling landscape trailers. I often see those that have been so overloaded (probably with landscape stone) that the axles are bent! From behind they look like this: /------\ I'm sure that's safe...
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yeah but "thats just a guy trying to make a buck" when your the guy going out to have a good time while the cop is at work!
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I wounder if the laws apply to out of state trailers??
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i looked in the texas book and couldnt even find it so who knows, hes probally full of it and the judge would just dismiss it.
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Thanks for the info man. I have also heard you need to have the DOT reflective tape every 2 feet etc...
I believe the requirement is 100% across the back and 50% down the side.
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here is the specs.

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Trailers and semitrailers manufactured before December 1, 1993, with
a width of 80 inches or more and a gross vehicle weight rating of
10,001 pounds or more are subject to the retrofitting rules.
Exempt Trailers
• Trailers less than 80 inches
• Trailers less than 10,001 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
(GVWR)
• Trailers designed exclusively for living or office use

Side Requirements
• Users of retroreflective sheeting are required to apply the sheeting to
the sides of trailers in the following manner:
a. Sheeting applied to sides of trailers does not have to be in a con
tinuous strip as long as 50 percent or more of the length of the
trailer is covered and the spaces between the sheeting segments
are distributed as evenly as possible.

Rear Requirements
• Users of retroreflective sheeting are required to apply the sheeting to
the lower rear of trailers in the following manner:
a. A single strip of retroreflective sheeting must be applied horizon-
tally to the full width of the trailer, as close as possible to the
extreme edges.

(for toyhaulers/box trailers)
• Users of retroreflective sheeting are required to apply the sheeting to
the upper rear of trailers in the following manner:
a. Two pairs of white strips of retroreflective sheeting must be positioned
horizontally and vertically on the right and left upper corners
of the rear of the trailer.
b. Each strip must be 12 inches long.
c. The strips must be as close as possible to the top of the trailer and
as far apart as possible.
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