How do I register my homemade trailer?

TRAILER SUPPORT FORUMCategory: COMPLIANCE & REGISTRATIONHow do I register my homemade trailer?
Adelaide Trailer Shop Staff asked 5 months ago

TRAILER COMPLIANCE & INSPECTION - SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Adelaide Trailer Centre can inspect and ensure your trailer will comply with all requirements to pass a DPTI Inspection.
*This page is to be used as a guide only. Adelaide Trailer Centre accepts no responsibility for trailers not passing inspection.
For full requirements for trailers less than 4.5 tonnes ATM, visit:
https://infrastructure.gov.au/roads/vehicle_regulation/bulletin/vsb1/vsb_01_b.aspx

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NEW TRAILER COMPLIANCE RULES TAKE AFFECT 1st of NOVEMBER 2017

As of the 1st of November 2017, all trailers that have a Make of Homemade or Unknown MUST be submitted for a DPTI inspection (Inspection at Regency or Lonsdale Department of Transport Sheds).

There is also a large focus on stamped drawbars.
​(Manufacturers must ensure that the VIN is stamped on the A-frame of the trailer).

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- ​WE ARE OFFERING A PRE DPTI INSPECTION TO ENSURE YOUR TRAILER IS COMPLIANT
- WE CAN REGISTER AND COMPLY FOR MANUFACTURERS WITH A MAKE CODE IN TRUMPS

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WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE MY TRAILER COMPLAINT?
WE CAN CARRY OUT ALL WORK REQUIRED AT OUR BURTON WORKSHOP

 

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GET A VIN FOR YOUR TRAILER

All trailers must be identified by means of a 17 character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

You can get a Trailer VIN by calling SERVICE SA on 13 10 84.

6T9T2000SH01FC001
(EXAMPLE)

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GET A VIN PLATE FOR YOUR TRAILER

Before any trailer is allowed to be registered, a VIN plate MUST be affixed to the trailer.

The vehicle plate must be permanently affixed by pop rivets, hammer drive screws or welding. Affixing plates with adhesives is not acceptable.

​An identification/compliance plate MUST be fitted to issue an unregistered vehicle permit.

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APPLY FOR AN UNREGISTERED VEHICLE PERMIT

You will need an Unregistered Vehicle Permit to weigh your trailer and to take your trailer for inspection.

You can apply for a permit online or in person.

Online: Apply through your EzyReg account.
In Person: Complete an MR2 application form and take it to a Service SA customer service centre.

Unregistered vehicle permits Fee: Trailer inspection - Issued for one day $7.00

You will require a VIN to apply for a permit.

MORE INFO : ​http://www.sa.gov.au/topics/driving-and-transport/vehicles-and-registration/conditional-registration/short-term-unregistered-vehicle-permit

DOWNLOAD AN MR2 FORM BELOW

mr-002-application-for-an-unregistered-vehicle-permit.pdf

Download File


 

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WEIGH YOUR TRAILER

The weight of your trailer (MASS or TARE) must be recorded on the trailers registration papers. DO NOT GUESS THE WEIGHT!

To get an accurate weight, weigh your TRAILER ONLY (disconnected from your vehicle) on a public weigh bridge.

Most dumps or sand & metal places have weigh bridges.

​This will also tell you how much weight you can legally carry in your trailer.

 

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VIN STAMPING (TRAILER A-FRAME)

ALL Trailers must have the VIN stamped in the drawbar.
stamping should be to a depth of 0.8mm with each letter or number at least 2.5mm in height.
We can stamp your drawbar using a specialised Dot Peen machine for $89.Stamping must be directly onto the trailers drawbar (not on a welded plate). This is so that the VIN can be seen under x-ray if the numbers are ground off.

 

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WHAT WE CHECK BEFORE YOU GO FOR AN INSPECTION:

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REFLECTORS

It is a legal requirement that all trailers must have reflectors to be compliant.
Trailers require at least  2 amber side reflectors, 2 white front reflectors and 2 red rear reflectors.

NOTE: Rear red reflectors are often integrated into the tail light on most ADR approved lights.
SEE: ​VEHICLE STANDARD BULLETIN 1 SECTION 13​We sell reflectors for $2.50ea

 

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RATED DRAW BAR CHAIN

All trailer safety chain must be rated with a stamp every few links.

If your chain is not stamped, the trailer will fail the inspection.

Trailer chain ratings come in 1600KG, 2500KG, 3500KG & 4500KG.

​When attaching the draw bar safety chain, the weld must cover at least 50% of the chain link.

Trailers only require 2 safety chains if the trailers GVM is over 2500kg.

 

​The chain must be attached to the draw bar in such a way that the chain should not make contact with the ground if the trailer disconnects.
Picturetrailers over 3.5 tonnes ATM must have two safety chains
made from steel of a minimum 800 MPa breaking stress
​that conforms to the mechanical properties of Grade T chain.
FOR MORE INFO VISIT: VSB 16.2

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MUD FLAPS

All trailers require mud flaps if the rear of the guard does not pass lower than the center of the wheel hub.

FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE:
​VEHICLE STANDARD BULLETIN 1
 - SECTION 17

 

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COUPLING PLATE

We see many home made trailers rolling in without coupling plates (the plate between the draw bar and coupling. These are required on most trailers if the drawbar material is not thick enough.

​The average coupling plate is 8mm - 10mm thick.

 

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NUMBER PLATE LIGHT

It is a legal requirement that all trailers have white a number plate light.

NOTE: Some rear trailer lights may have a built in number plate light.
​No light is to be directed rearwards.

SEE: ​VEHICLE STANDARD BULLETIN 1 SECTION 13

 

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FRONT MARKER LIGHTS (WHITE)

FRONT MARKERS (WHITE) Must be fitted if a trailer is:
more than 1600 mm wide and over 4 metres long,
or over 1800 mm wide. (including guards)
For trailers 2100 mm wide or less, the front lights may be combined with 2 side-marker lamps that have been fitted, this being in accordance with Option 1 or Option 2​Front & side marker lights must operate with your normal night time lights (not indicators).

 

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END-OUTLINE MARKER LIGHTS 

Must be fitted if a trailer is more than 2100 mm wide.

2 to the front (white) and 2 to the rear (red). (Highest and outer most points)

If a trailer has no structure at the front and at the rear to which lamps can be attached (such as a boat trailer), then one combination amber/red end-outline marker lamp midway on each side may be fitted instead.

 

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SIDE MARKER LIGHTS (AMBER / RED)

​These lamps indicate the presence and length of a trailer when viewed from the side.

Either Option 1 or Option 2 must be met.

​FOR OPTIONS VISIT: VSB 1 SECTION 13

 

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AXLE PLACEMENT

(A) MUST BE EQUAL TO OR GREATER THAN (B)

The center of the axle group MUST be centre or rearward from dead center of the chassis.

This will ensure the correct ball weight and prevent trailer sway.

 

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REMEMBER: *This page is to be used as a guide only. Adelaide Trailer Centre accepts no responsibility for trailers not passing inspection. For full requirements for trailers less than 4.5 tonnes ATM, visit:
https://infrastructure.gov.au/roads/vehicle_regulation/bulletin/vsb1/vsb_01_b.aspx
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