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Old 05-30-2015, 08:42 PM   #1
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I'm in the planning stages of a sewer hose storage mod. I want to ask if anybody has moved their tag to another place on the rear of their trailer. Currently, mine is under the left rear tail light. There is a clear lens on the bottom of the light that allows light from the tail light to shine down on the tag.

What I want to do is move the tag to the spare tire cover.

Is this okay to do and does it need to be lit to be legal?

I've got a friend in law enforcement I'll ask in the next day or so.
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Old 05-30-2015, 08:52 PM   #2
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Don't know about your state but yes it needs to be lighted and visible. Most states will buy you a ticket if the bulb is burnt out or no light. If the bulb is burnt or not there it will not pass state inspection here in Virginia.





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Old 05-30-2015, 09:01 PM   #3
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We don't travel at night and we have never robed a Bank or Liquor store, while Pulling the Trailer ,so I don't have a Light! Youroo!!
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:01 PM   #4
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Most states require a lighted tag. You can get an LED lighted tag holder on Amazon or Ebay or you local auto parts store. Easy install.
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:08 PM   #5
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:11 PM   #6
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You'd be OK as long as it was lit.

I think there may be a vibration issue that would shorten the life of regular bulbs. You might want an LED solution.

And on one of the occasions when I ran into the trailer with the riding mower, it left a green spot on my spare tire cover that is identical to yours. Now I have noticed as I travel the green spot moves around a bit! You need to make sure your cover doesn't rotate around so the plate is upside down.
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Old 05-30-2015, 09:15 PM   #7
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What green spot?
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Jack Daniels?

I get it, spare tire cover identical to mine.
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We have identical spare tire covers. Or we did until my mower incident left a green smudge on mine.

If you'd like a green smudge of your own, just run the riding mower up under there. (Assuming the mower is green, otherwise you may need to borrow the neighbors.)

But seriously, until I got my spot I never realized the covers tend to move a bit while riding down the road. You will want to put a stop to that.
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Just run a screw or 2 into it, that ought to hold it down.
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If you have green spots moving about on other things... I can't help you there...
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Just run a screw or 2 into it, that ought to hold it down.
OT but couldn't resist. On a dive trip to Honduras, was checking into final leg of flights to island. Person ahead of me in line had a new car tire ( no wheel) he was checking, Agent tried to tape baggage tag to it but would not stick. Next tried to tie the string around it, but string too short. Finally took a large box stapler and stapled tag to side wall and threw it on luggage cart. I just smiled and shook my head.
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How about if you take the tail light/tag holder and flip it upside down so the tag rides above the tail light? The tag must be lit but can be lit from any direction.

The only drawback I can think of is the clear lens part might not be so weather proof if upside down.

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When I changed plates on mine, the plastic tabs that are part of the light fixture broke off... so, until I bought LED light fixtures, I mounted mine to spare tire cover, although never traveled at night.....just have to get creative on how to hide holes..Make-a-sticker works.
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How about if you take the tail light/tag holder and flip it upside down so the tag rides above the tail light? The tag must be lit but can be lit from any direction.

The only drawback I can think of is the clear lens part might not be so weather proof if upside down.

Advantages are cheap and easy.
I thought about that. The plastic tabs that the tag attaches to are at an angle(I guess to keep the tag from rubbing against the TT wall) and when I put the tag on originally, one of the tabs cracked a little. So I doubt it would have enough strength to hold the tag up without breaking completely off. I learned something that day, plastic has it's limits. Of course, I could buy another lens with the tag tabs.

I'll see my law enforcement friend today I hope and ask him.

I'm a lot like Youroo in that we don't travel(much) at night. I don't really get the law about being lighted anyway. You'll have to be close to read it anyway.
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I asked the lawman friend of mine about the situation and he said as long as the tag is prominently displayed, it will be fine. He says the law states that it "should" be lighted to improve visibility. But as long as the tag can be seen with little effort and is not obstructed from view, I won't have any problem.

I asked about traveling into other states. Doesn't other states have to respect the laws of the state in which I reside? He said since it is the law that license plates should be lighted, they can enforce it. He said he wasn't 100% sure about all of this and will check it out for me. But he(himself) would not pull anybody(RV) over for an unlit tag. If it were expired, an improper tag etc.; he might add to the fine of an unlit tag.

But I think, in this day and time, the popo's have a lot more pressing issues going on than to pull me over for an unlit tag.

Unless I hear the word from him in the next day or so, I'm going to proceed with putting the tag on the tire cover.
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I can say in Virginia the chances are good that if you travel at night you will get stopped. If the trooper feels you driving erratically it would be an excuse to pull you during the day. Then you have the local cops that are trying to pay for their depts. And no the state you are traveling in does not have to go by your state but a tag light is a dot thing not necessarily just a state thing. Tripple / double towing is one example.

Living here I would not do it........

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Old 06-01-2015, 08:44 PM   #19
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Getting touch with my feminine side, I'm changing my mind on moving the tag. It will stay where it is. I'll put the fence post somewhere else.

I got the official word from the hiway patrol. It must be lighted.
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Sometimes good engineers will have meetings to talk themselves out of a project.

1. Feasibility
2. Cost v Benefit
3. Looks good on resume
4. Sexy

And then we decide whether or not to do the project.
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