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Old 02-21-2015, 01:54 PM   #11
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The license plate is not readable when the trailer is plugged in but then thats why they put the trailer license plate on the back of the trailer.
I don't think that works very well. Although your truck and trailer may be registered to the same owner, in general they might not be, so even if someone can read the trailer plate they still know nothing about the truck or its owner.

In the UK, I think this approach would be completely valid, because there the trailer displays the same license number as the tug. Of course, this trailer is an ocean away from there.

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Wyoming does require a rear plate on the trailer and a front plate on the truck. My thoughts exactly on being readable if the trailer is hooked up you don't see the rear plate on the truck.
Having a readable front plate on the truck is important; we don't have front plates here and that makes a big difference.

On the other hand, you can clearly read the plate on the back of my tug, and most tugs, when the trailer is hooked up.


Anyone with law enforcement experience have a comment on this?
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Old 02-21-2015, 02:46 PM   #12
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A quick check of some local states here on east coast require that plates be visible from a certain distance, illuminated at night and not be covered. In addition to red light cameras and speed zone cameras, the various toll booths on highways have plate cameras as do the E-Z-Pass lanes.
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Old 02-21-2015, 02:48 PM   #13
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Anyone with law enforcement experience have a comment on this?
The requirement varies by state. Here in Texas, as long as you have a visible front plate on your tow vehicle, and a visible plate on the trailer rear, the one on your tow vehicle bumper doesn't have to be visible.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:17 PM   #14
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FYI, my 2006 Tundra had a recent recall for frame rust. Toyota preformed an inspection, and found no holes, but are spraying the frame still. I had until July/16 to address this. You might want to check with Toytota to see if you need this, if it has not been inspected already.
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Old 02-21-2015, 03:21 PM   #15
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The requirement varies by state. Here in Texas, as long as you have a visible front plate on your tow vehicle, and a visible plate on the trailer rear, the one on your tow vehicle bumper doesn't have to be visible.
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I suspect that for those of us without front plates, this mounting system would not be a viable option.
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Old 02-21-2015, 04:43 PM   #16
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Any idea what they spray the rusted frames with? just curious.
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:17 PM   #17
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Another possibility is to use long bolts/nuts (6" or so) to hold the hinged piece to the truck. Either Bolt from the back with a nut, then double nut the hinge out at the end of the bolts, or use spacers.
That will give you room behind the plate for the plug, and the hinge function gives easy access. Then you'll still be legal in CA and other similar states.
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:01 PM   #18
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Any idea what they spray the rusted frames with? just curious.
I will have an answer on Wednesday. If holes were found the size of a marble a full frame replacement was required. A $10,000 job on a $9,000 truck. From what I've read on the Taco forums, the spray is like an oil that never dries, but we'll see first hand soon enough. For now I have a 2015 Tundra as a loaner, not impressed at all.
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:08 PM   #19
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Ya they did my 06 Tacoma frame as well but they soda washed it first . Looks like new , apparently the trucks back East and up North have all the issues .
Now I hear there is a rear leaf spring problem 06 - 09 , Some are breaking in half and punching a hole in the fuel tank . Oh joy .
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:13 AM   #20
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Now that I have some feed back and folks seem too think the plate being held up by the cord is an issue I have the solution to a problem that really is not a problem here in Wyoming. You simply cut a slot in the plate and cut a hole where the cord is located install a grommet and your done. In my simple Wyoming reasoning it would be better to have your license plate slightly obscure while towing as it would be to have your plug ripped off and find yourself in the middle of the night with no trailer light or worse on top of the mountain with no trailer brakes. As a side note we will most likely will never travel to place where it would be an issue, most western states still have some common sense.
Thanks for the info on the frame I will check it out but most likely it will be rust free this truck was a local truck and Wyoming has very few rust issues. Dave
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