gudmund wrote:I see your address is Marysville, I would stop by the State Patrol office just west of Donna's Truck Stop on 116th north of Marysville and see if they have any info you could use. You also may be able to find out some info on the "Access Washington" website. When I bought(had it built in 2012) my teardrop in Oregon and got it licensed here, they told me being the trailer base was built on/by a certified trailer builder it was fine and no inspection was required and they licensed it with no problem being it had all the proper certification labels/stamps on it's frame. Just paid for the license tabs along with the sales tax being it came in from another state (and yes before I went down and picked it up in Oregon, I also went to the State Patrol asking questions first being I had heard so much about them inspecting trailers)
Skammers wrote:There is an easier way.
Build the basic trailer with finders, floor and tail lights. Gather up recipes and have it inspected, if required. Then a new title will arrive stating you have a trailer. Go and licence your trailer.
End of story, build what you want on the trailer, as far as any regulatory concern, there are none or ever will be.
It’s just a trailer, no drama.
Today I had my #4 teardrop inspected by the Washington State Patrol in Tacoma.
First off the officer who did the inspection loves teardrops and had to have the whole tour, the other officers joined in.
He started his inspection and noted it was a Teardrop Travel Trailer.
I asked why not a utility trailer as before and he said I couldn't haul gravel in it and it could only sleep two & it has a clam shell hatch in back so it's a Teardrop Travel Trailer
During his inspection I asked what the state considered a utility trailer converted into a teardrop.
He said that it's no longer a utility trailer but a teardrop travel trailer and if an officer ran the plates and found it was different he'd run the risk of a ticket and a required inspection.
He said it comes under a different classification and needs to be changed to the new classification.
He also noted your insurance would only cover a utility trailer if someone was to rear end you.
On my registration is states Ser/Body as 14/TEAR , make as HMDE & use as TLR.
He shook my hand and said they would be here for my next one.
Finally we have some respect and a classification of our own.
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