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    Hello, Can someone recommend a good place to get a boat trailer inspected in the Norfolk or Virginia Beach area? I’ve been using the same place for 7 years but it has always been a huge pain. I can pull the boat off of the trailer for the inspection but would prefer to leave it on if possible. Thanks guys!!!

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    Not sure why you have to remove the boat to inspect the trailer?
    I have never had to. I just took it to my regular tire/ repair guy at Meineke and he took care of me. He did say once " how do you expect me to inspect the trailer with a boat on i?" I said how do you know if it will hold the boat if its not on there? He laughed and looked it over and gave me my sticker.

    I guess I will find out soon as I need to inspect mine and all those guys recently left.


    Id call around and try to find someone who will do it with boat on trailer.

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    Their excuse for not wanting the boat on the trailer was for safety. I think this is funny as not once did they pull a tire to look at the brakes or even check the lights. He walks around it and slaps a sticker on it.
    Thanks!

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    ive used Centerville Marina. Need to schedule ahead in order to get same day inspection.

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    I didn't know a boat trailer even needed an inspection. Is there a size requirement? Tell me more.

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    Thank you!

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    If your trailer has brakes it needs to be inspected. One of the ramps I use is frequently visited by at least one officer who loves writing tickets for expired stickers.

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    OK, That explains that. I have an 18 foot boat and my trailer does not have brakes. so it has never been an issue I had to worry about. Thanks, D2140.

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    If the trailer has dual axles it’s considered a3500+LB trailer and is required to have brakes and because it has brakes it must be state inspected. If you have 6 lug wheels on a single axle trailer it is supposed to have brakes and be state inspected. Do not waste your money on drum brakes and go with a disc setup.

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