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Old 05-19-2020, 11:02 AM
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Last 2 years I've been using a plastic license plate bracket off one of the brake lights on the guides/uprights but that plastic mount has broken and instead of replacing that over and over again I'm trying to figure out if there's a better way to mount the license plate to the trailer. How do you have yours mounted?
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Through bolt it to a fender.
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I zip tie mine so that it moves in the water and it doesn't stress that plastic with resistance.
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They make aluminum brackets, or you can take the plastic one and cut it down and redrill the holes so the plate sits closer to the light and doesn't hang down as far.

To the OP who is in Florida, you can ask for a motorcycle tag for your trailer when you register it and they will issue you one instead of a standard tag. Same price, but it's the smaller tag and (obviously) doesn't hang down as far.
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I keep the license plates to my trailers in the seat back of my truck. No worries of losing a plate or having one stolen.
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i have a motorcycle sized plate on mine and have it zip tied to the frame.
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on my flats boat I bolted it to the back of one of the fenders, haven't had an issue with the bracket on my bay boat
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Had no idea in florida I could use the smaller, motorcycle tag. Great to know. Thanks for the ideas!!
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Originally Posted by jheiii View Post
Had no idea in florida I could use the smaller, motorcycle tag. Great to know. Thanks for the ideas!!
FWIW, Washington State is the same.

I still have a full-size plate on my boat trailer, hanging under the left tail light, wrapped in a stainless steel "frame," which prevents metal fatigue from water pressure on the plate when launching/retrieving.
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I am in SWFL. I have a flats boat and a center console. Both are through bolted to the fender. Technically they should have a light, but I have not had any issues.
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Just went through same thing with plastic license plate bracket breaking..again!
Got this,a little exspensive but it is stout,very thick.

https://www.easternmarine.com/stainl...te-bracket-t-1
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I zip tie mine on and have never had a problem with the plastic holders.
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Originally Posted by Lifegoeson View Post
I zip tie mine on and have never had a problem with the plastic holders.
Same here. I usually replace the ties every year and haven't lost a plate in 30+ years of trailering. But I still hate seeing it flapping around back there wondering if it'll be gone some day. I like the SS bracket at Eastern Marine.
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I had a section of old conveyor belt rubber, maybe 3-4 ply 1/4" thick, that I cut to shape. Backed mounting area to light with a aluminum plate.
Flexible, not worried about backing into concrete parking stops. Use SS mounting hardware or else you'll be replacing plate bolts every couple years.


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Originally Posted by quetip View Post
I had a section of old conveyor belt rubber, maybe 3-4 ply 1/4" thick, that I cut to shape. Backed mounting area to light with a aluminum plate.
Flexible, not worried about backing into concrete parking stops. Use SS mounting hardware or else you'll be replacing plate bolts every couple years.

Exactly what I use now after losing a couple plates!
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Use Bailing wire so you can move your 1 tag between your six trailers
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Originally Posted by Parthery View Post
They make aluminum brackets, or you can take the plastic one and cut it down and redrill the holes so the plate sits closer to the light and doesn't hang down as far.

To the OP who is in Florida, you can ask for a motorcycle tag for your trailer when you register it and they will issue you one instead of a standard tag. Same price, but it's the smaller tag and (obviously) doesn't hang down as far.
You are wrong, I tried.
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Originally Posted by BSL View Post
You are wrong, I tried.
You ran into a clerk at the tax collector’s office who was misinformed.

If he/she needs to look it up it’s under RS-63 in their procedures handbook. 320.01(4) in the Florida Statutes specifies that they can issue a motorcycle tag to a trailer under 1999 lbs.

(This is all public record so you might want to Google it and print it out before you walk in the office).

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After losing the plastic bracket and paying for a new plate, I just drilled a new hole (into the new plate) and bolted it into the existing light mounting bolts. Up here, the plate has to be mounted under a light so it is visible at night.
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Originally Posted by BSL View Post
You are wrong, I tried.
Originally Posted by Parthery View Post
You ran into a clerk at the tax collector’s office who was misinformed.

If he/she needs to look it up it’s under RS-63 in their procedures handbook. 320.01(4) in the Florida Statutes specifies that they can issue a motorcycle tag to a trailer under 1999 lbs.

(This is all public record so you might want to Google it and print it out before you walk in the office).
Interesting info. BSL, you can print this document and try again.

Show them the information below:




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