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Old 12-01-2013, 09:20 PM
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OK, I just went through my umpteenth license plate on my trailer. I trailer about 6 times per year - typically 100 or so miles each way when I do it. I lose my license plate way too often. I have zip tied the snot out of them. I have tied them with wire, ... yet, every here and again, I get to my destination only to find the missing plate. While the lost plate is no big deal in and of itself (a bit of a wait at the DMV and a few bucks) my big fear is that thing flying off while I'm motoring down a highway and hitting someone else's car or causing an accident. So, what's the secret to keeping the plate attached?
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OK, I just went through my umpteenth license plate on my trailer. I trailer about 6 times per year - typically 100 or so miles each way when I do it. I lose my license plate way too often. I have zip tied the snot out of them. I have tied them with wire, ... yet, every here and again, I get to my destination only to find the missing plate. While the lost plate is no big deal in and of itself (a bit of a wait at the DMV and a few bucks) my big fear is that thing flying off while I'm motoring down a highway and hitting someone else's car or causing an accident. So, what's the secret to keeping the plate attached?
Stainless nuts, bolts, & large washers bolted into the metal not one of those flimsy plastic trailer mounts that hang too low. Before that method I used to scan a new plate; print on heavy paper, laminate at the office store, and use while keeping the metal one in the vehicle in the event a cop ever made issue, but that never happened.
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It has to be something with where it is mounted. The things don't just fall off that often!
Old 12-01-2013, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by G8RDave View Post
It has to be something with where it is mounted. The things don't just fall off that often!


I had a similar problem with a snowmobile trailer. Finally used nice beefy bolts. 1,000 miles later I checked on it, and found two golf ball sized pieces of license plate around the two bolts were all that was left! I gave up and drilled four holes in the snowmobile cover and thru bolted it.
Old 12-01-2013, 10:21 PM
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drill 4 holes in the back of your fender - mount it there with SS bolts and ny-lock nuts..... you'll never lose it again.
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I rivet mine to my fenders, never lost one even with a blown tire eating the fender up
Old 12-01-2013, 11:31 PM
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What you do is get a stainless hinge and attach the plate with it. The hinge allows the plate to sway when flying down the hwy. Fender washers eventually tear free. Make sure you oil the hinge.
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I have bolted all of mine to the trailer fenders with s/s bolts and lock nuts. Have never lost another one.
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Nylock nuts and washers....
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I keep it in the center console of my tow vehicle, never been pulled over ... but do not tow often. Prior to that, last license broke off where the SS bolts were.
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Are the wheels balanced? Very much worth the cost. Unbalanced ones can cause significant vibration, and tire wear as well. Even affects fuel economy. We haven't lost a plate in more than 80,000 miles of trailering
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I get the very big zip ties and and zip tie the license plate to a cross member. They never fall off.
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I get permanent plates for some trailers and they are easy targets for theft. I wither just keep them in the tow vehicle or weld them to the trailer.
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kept in truck never had an issue
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Originally Posted by guana1 View Post
I have bolted all of mine to the trailer fenders with s/s bolts and lock nuts. Have never lost another one.
That's what I do too.....
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I keep mine in the back seat of the truck. Only been stopped 1x and the officer was pretty cool about the whole situation. We spent more time talking about fishing and where I had been catching grouper as opposed to anything else.
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As a guy who's towing 20k a year (small guide skiff, full time down here in paradise...) I've long had a problem with trailer license plates that crack out and fall off, leaving just the part that was bolted in remaining... I guess the state replaces our plates every six or seven years so in the meantime I had to come up with a fix... Here it is..

I save old license plates and use them as backing for my current plate. I sandwich them together then use four pop rivets to hold them together. I get about 18 months with each "backing plate" then drill it out and replace it... With this system a beat up and cracked current plate can be atttached, then bolted in place time after time.... Hope this helps...
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After having mine stolen twice, It lives in the pouch on the back of the drivers seat.
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Originally Posted by rkatz View Post
OK, I just went through my umpteenth license plate on my trailer. I trailer about 6 times per year - typically 100 or so miles each way when I do it. I lose my license plate way too often. I have zip tied the snot out of them. I have tied them with wire, ... yet, every here and again, I get to my destination only to find the missing plate. While the lost plate is no big deal in and of itself (a bit of a wait at the DMV and a few bucks) my big fear is that thing flying off while I'm motoring down a highway and hitting someone else's car or causing an accident. So, what's the secret to keeping the plate attached?
Next time you get a new tag, get a motorcycle tag. They are much smaller and they won't catch the wind or hit the ground if your trailer is low to the ground. My tags usually get mangled and since I went to the motorcycle tag, I've lost less and they are in better shape.
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I also use ss bolts and washers, either bolt to the left hand fender or cross member on the trailer.

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