Basic Trailer Inspection Guidelines for Pa
Trailers over 3,000 pounds registered gross weight
This list is nothing more than a simple general guideline for what to expect from a trailer inspection in Pa.
- Verify ownership, legality and proof of financial responsibility. Ownership and legality shall be proven by a vehicle registration card, certificate of title or manufacturer’s statement of origin.
- Check Window Glazing for cracks or broken glass.
- Check door operation, including the tailgate.
- Check the lamps and lenses.
- Check Flooring to ensure it can support cargo
Beneath the Vehicle
- Inspect the tires and wheels for wear or damage
(2/32 inch tread minimum)
- The tire is worn so that tread wear indicators contact road in any two adjacent grooves.
- Part of the ply or cord is exposed.
- A tire has been repaired with blow-out patch or boot.
- There is a bump, bulge or separation.
- A tire is marked ‘‘not for highway use,’’ ‘‘for racing purposes only’’ or ‘‘unsafe for highway use,’’ or has any similar designation.
- There are other conditions or markings reasonably believed to render tire unsafe for highway use
- A tire extends beyond body line, a tire is smaller than the manufacturer’s recommended minimum size or below the manufacturer’s recommended load rating or a tire makes contact with the body or chassis.
- Tires on same axle are not the same size or type of construction—bias, belted or radial.
- The wheel nuts or bolts are missing or loose or have improper thread engagement.
- The stud or bolt holes are worn out of round.
- An axle has missing tires or rims.
- Inspect the vehicle frame
- Inspect the braking system
- Inspect the air suspension system (if equipped) and reject if the system is leaking or deflated.