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Old 01-10-2006, 03:34 PM
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The new Ace-Trailer for my 1950CC ProSports was delivered yesterday ... and while checking it over, I could not find a "capacity plate".

I thought a "capacity plate" was required by (Federal?) law that showed the GAWR and GVWR, the date of manufacture, serial #, etc.

Can anyone point me to a Federal law ... or correct me that there is no such requirement?

The reason that I was looking for a plate was that the Ace invoice states that the trailer is a "19-21 6,000 GVWR" ... but the metal strap attached to the axle is stamped 3,500 LB MAX CAP" !!
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bankerjohn,

Take a look at the aluminum I-beam up towards the tongue and you should see something punched into the aluminum that says 19 21 6 or similar. Your VIN should be there as well.
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Interesting question.
My new 2628-98TD arrived last spring without a GVWR plate or sticker as well.
I spoke with the nice lady who answered the phone at loadmaster and was told that
one wasn't required. I still get kind of nervous when I pass a DOT officer on the side of the road.
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bankerjohnfl - 1/10/2006 2:34 PM

The new Ace-Trailer for my 1950CC ProSports was delivered yesterday ... and while checking it over, I could not find a "capacity plate".

I thought a "capacity plate" was required by (Federal?) law that showed the GAWR and GVWR, the date of manufacture, serial #, etc.

Can anyone point me to a Federal law ... or correct me that there is no such requirement?

The reason that I was looking for a plate was that the Ace invoice states that the trailer is a "19-21 6,000 GVWR" ... but the metal strap attached to the axle is stamped 3,500 LB MAX CAP" !!
This is a tandem, right? If so, there is no problem (2 axles x 3500/axle = 7000 GVWR).
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greyg8r - 1/10/2006 5:29 PM
This is a tandem, right? ...
No ... it's a single axle trailer!

Here's what's stamped on the tongue ...

1A9BB23186T652802
TN192135B12050802

Based on what "East Coast Trailers" said above, this trailer is a 19'-21' 3500 lb. built in 12/05 ... but the invoice that I've got to take to the the tax folks to get the trailer registered sure reads "6000 GVWR"!

Now I'm wondering if the "approx. weight 957 lbs." that's also on the invoice is correct?!
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Write or e-mail (don't call them) your concerns to the manufacturer. That way their response will be in writing also. You can use their response for documentation.
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Not to confuse. The 957# is probably the shipping weight of the trailer; nothing to do with with trailer capacity (other than taking into consideration for tow capacity of vehicle). The 3500# sounds about right for the weight capacity of the trailer (single axle). What does the DMV, in your state, require to register? Have no clue, as to where the 6000# GVWR comes from.
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greyg8r - 1/10/2006 4:29 PM
This is a tandem, right? If so, there is no problem (2 axles x 3500/axle = 7000 GVWR).
Not always the case. While the axles of a tandem may have a total rating of 7000# GVWR (2 x 3500#) the I-beam and coupler also come into play. A 6000# GVWR will have a slightly smaller I-beam and a 2" coupler. The 7000# GVWR will have a larger I-beam and 2 5/16" coupler. Both will use the same 10" brakes and typically have the same 14" wheels/tires.


bankerjohnfl - 1/10/2006 5:09 PM

No ... it's a single axle trailer!

Here's what's stamped on the tongue ...

1A9BB23186T652802
TN192135B12050802

Based on what "East Coast Trailers" said above, this trailer is a 19'-21' 3500 lb. built in 12/05 ... but the invoice that I've got to take to the the tax folks to get the trailer registered sure reads "6000 GVWR"!

Now I'm wondering if the "approx. weight 957 lbs." that's also on the invoice is correct?!
Something is definitely incorrect on your MSO/Invoice. I would interpret this as a 19-21 3500# GVWR. The trailer should weigh about 500# and have a capacity of ~3000#.

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East Coast Trailers - 1/11/2006 9:27 AM

Something is definitely incorrect on your MSO/Invoice. I would interpret this as a 19-21 3500# GVWR. The trailer should weigh about 500# and have a capacity of ~3000#.

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I have sent Ace an e-mail this morning questioning the details, and requesting that a corrected invoice be mailed to me before I try to get the trailer registered.

BTW ... since no one has specifically answered my original question ... I'm assuming that there is NO state or Federal law which requires a trailer manufacturer to attach a "capacity plate" to every trailer they produce. Sure would be nice if there was some sort of standard plate that all manufacturers would use, like the law requires for boats!
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bankerjohnfl,

Most large mfg's have a set prefix that is assigned to them for use on the VIN. This is to help eliminate theft/fraud.

Plates are easy to remove, have the numbers changed and stick right back on the trailer. The plates can also fade out and become hard or impossible to interpret. To my knowledge some trailer mfg's still use the plates.

By engraving the VIN and model/capacity in the trailer frame it's somewhat of challenge to alter. I don't know where the laws are available in print but I'm quite certain there are laws requiring a unique VIN and model/capacity similar to what is on an automobile.
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Laws such as these require that the manufacturer install a plate if in fact there is such a law. There is no requirement that owner of a trailer be responsible for the plate.
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.......... By engraving the VIN and model/capacity in the trailer frame ..............
Pretty hard to do on a galvanized trailer.

The label on mine is a "stick on" that would be impossible to remove without damaging it.

As far as a law, the local DMV should be able to provide information on this. Or the state police.
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Ron,

That's why I think some of the galvanized trailers still use a sticker as you describe.

I found quite a bit of information here:

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/...trailer002.pdf

Specifically it states "The VIN of each vehicle should appear clearly and indelibly upon either a part of the vehicle, other than glazing, that is not designed to be removed except for repair or upon a separate label or label that is permanently affixed to such a part"
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Here's another relevant part of that document:

Dear Trailer Manufacturer:

This package contains information concerning legislation and regulations pertaining to the
manufacture of motor vehicles (a trailer is defined as a motor vehicle). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is responsible for improving safety on the Nation's highways. As part of these responsibilities, NHTSA establishes and enforces Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) which require minimum levels of safety performance for motor vehicles. A part of our enforcement program is the monitoring of vehicles manufactured, sold, or imported into the United States to ensure that they comply with applicable FMVSS.

49 U.S.C. 30112 requires all motor vehicles, including vehicles manufactured in more than one stage, to comply with all applicable FMVSS in effect on their date of manufacture. 49 U.S.C. 30165 provides that whoever violates Section 30112 or regulations issued hereunder, will be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $1,100 for each violation, or $925,000 for any related series of violations. The FMVSS are found at Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations (49 CFR Part 571).

49 CFR Part 567 requires that the manufacturer permanently affix a tag or label to a motor vehicle certifying that it conforms to all applicable FMVSS.


And it goes on to give a sample of what the label should look like, including specifically:

§ 567.4 Requirements for manufacturers of motor vehicles.

(a) Each manufacturer of motor vehicles (except vehicles manufactured in two or more stages) shall affix to each vehicle a label, of the type and in the manner described below, containing the statements specified in paragraph (g) of this section.

(b) The label shall, unless riveted, be permanently affixed in such a manner that it cannot be removed without destroying or defacing it.

(c) Except for trailers and motorcycles, the label shall be affixed to either the hinge pillar, door-latch post, or the door edge that meets the door-latch post, next to the driver's seating position, or if none of these locations is practicable, to the left side of the instrument panel. If that location is also not practicable, the label shall be affixed to the inward-facing surface of the door next to the driver's seating position. If none of the preceding locations is practicable, notification of that fact, together with drawings or photographs showing a suggested alternate location in the same general area, shall be submitted for approval to the Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Washington, DC 20590. The location of the label shall be such that it is easily readable without moving any part of the vehicle except an outer door.

(d) The label for trailers shall be affixed to a location on the forward half of the left side, such that it is easily readable from outside the vehicle without moving any part of the vehicle.

(e) The lettering on the label shall be of a color that contrasts with the background of the label.

(f) The label shall contain the following statements, in the English language, lettered in block capitals and numerals not less than three thirty-seconds of an inch high, in the order shown:

(1) Name of manufacturer: Except as provided in paragraphs (g)(1) (i), (ii), and (iii) of this section, the full corporate or individual name of the actual assembler of the vehicle shall be spelled out, except that such abbreviations as “Co.” or “Inc.” and their foreign equivalents, and the first and middle initials of individuals, may be used. The name of the manufacturer shall be preceded by the words “Manufactured By” or “Mfd By.” In the case of imported vehicles, where the label required by this section is affixed by the Registered Importer, the name of the Registered Importer shall also be placed on the label in the manner described in this paragraph, directly below the name of the final assembler.

(i) If a vehicle is assembled by a corporation that is controlled by another corporation that
assumes responsibility for conformity with the standards, the name of the controlling
corporation may be used.

(ii) If a vehicle is fabricated and delivered in complete but unassembled form, such that it is
designed to be assembled without special machinery or tools, the fabricator of the vehicle may affix the label and name itself as the manufacturer for the purposes of this section.

(iii) If a trailer is sold by a person who is not its manufacturer, but who is engaged in the
manufacture of trailers and assumes legal responsibility for all duties and liabilities imposed
by the Act with respect to that trailer, the name of that person may appear on the label as the manufacturer. In such a case the name shall be preceded by the words “Responsible
Manufacturer” or “Resp Mfr.”

(2) Month and year of manufacture: This shall be the time during which work was completed
at the place of main assembly of the vehicle. It may be spelled out, as “June 1970,” or
expressed in numerals, as “6/70.”

(3) “Gross Vehicle Weight Rating” or “GVWR,” followed by the appropriate value in pounds,
which shall not be less than the sum of the unloaded vehicle weight, rated cargo load, and 150 pounds times the vehicle's designated seating capacity. However, for school buses the
minimum occupant weight allowance shall be 120 pounds.

(4) “Gross Axle Weight Rating” or “GAWR,” followed by the appropriate value in pounds
for each axle, identified in order from front to rear (e.g., front, first intermediate, second
intermediate, rear). The ratings for any consecutive axles having identical gross axle weight
ratings when equipped with tires having the same tire size designation may, at the option of the manufacturer, be stated as a single value, with label indicating to which axles the ratings apply.


From reading this document, it sure seems like ALL boat trailers should have a label!
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bankerjohnfl - 1/10/2006 2:34 PM

The new Ace-Trailer for my 1950CC ProSports was delivered yesterday ... and while checking it over, I could not find a "capacity plate".

I thought a "capacity plate" was required by (Federal?) law that showed the GAWR and GVWR, the date of manufacture, serial #, etc.

Can anyone point me to a Federal law ... or correct me that there is no such requirement?

The reason that I was looking for a plate was that the Ace invoice states that the trailer is a "19-21 6,000 GVWR" ... but the metal strap attached to the axle is stamped 3,500 LB MAX CAP" !!
This is a tandem, right? If so, there is no problem (2 axles x 3500/axle = 7000 GVWR).
You must deduct trailer weight from axle capacity to arrive at maximum carrying capacity.. Also check tires are capable of carrying weight. Keep them inflated to maximum carrying capacity per sidewall instructions.
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