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ktmrfs

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Posted: 07/11/18 10:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

oregon has similar laws for trailers. Washington basically requires everything to be licensed. I traveled with the oregon legal trailer (motorcycle hauler) to washington quite often. Finally got a oregon plate for it because for whatever reason it gave WA LEO's a supposed reason to stop me. Usually for no plate, even though I think they new oregon didn't require it. Then ask for registration, insurance, make sure lights worked, etc. etc. trying to find an excuse to write a ticket. Never got a ticket, but IMHO it gave them a fake excuse for a stop. Usually got pulled over with an LEO coming up behind me so they wouldn't know I was from oregon and hence completely legal in WA. But once stopped, all the reason to hassle me.


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ktmrfs wrote:

oregon has similar laws for trailers. Washington basically requires everything to be licensed. I traveled with the oregon legal trailer (motorcycle hauler) to washington quite often. Finally got a oregon plate for it because for whatever reason it gave WA LEO's a supposed reason to stop me. Usually for no plate, even though I think they new oregon didn't require it. Then ask for registration, insurance, make sure lights worked, etc. etc. trying to find an excuse to write a ticket. Never got a ticket, but IMHO it gave them a fake excuse for a stop. Usually got pulled over with an LEO coming up behind me so they wouldn't know I was from oregon and hence completely legal in WA. But once stopped, all the reason to hassle me.

If the trailer license plate was the only reason they stopped you, once they learn you’re legal their probable cause/reasonable suspicion for the stop evaporates and you are free to go if you want.

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Wadcutter wrote:

Doesn't every truck pulling a trailer or 5er have the rear plate 'obstructed'?
WI is not the only state that does not issue plates for certain trailers. Most LEOs who work traffic know what states those are



Oklahoma doesn't require a license plate on utility or boat trailers, unless it's a commercial trailer.
We do have to have one on travel trailers and 5ers though.


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My TT's plate is blocked by the ladder. I was stopped in TX for speeding. The state trooper commented on the blockage but since it was made that way did not issue a ticket.


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wnjj wrote:

ktmrfs wrote:

oregon has similar laws for trailers. Washington basically requires everything to be licensed. I traveled with the oregon legal trailer (motorcycle hauler) to washington quite often. Finally got a oregon plate for it because for whatever reason it gave WA LEO's a supposed reason to stop me. Usually for no plate, even though I think they new oregon didn't require it. Then ask for registration, insurance, make sure lights worked, etc. etc. trying to find an excuse to write a ticket. Never got a ticket, but IMHO it gave them a fake excuse for a stop. Usually got pulled over with an LEO coming up behind me so they wouldn't know I was from oregon and hence completely legal in WA. But once stopped, all the reason to hassle me.

If the trailer license plate was the only reason they stopped you, once they learn you’re legal their probable cause/reasonable suspicion for the stop evaporates and you are free to go if you want.


10-4 there good buddy! See how that works in the real world though.
I can easily side with spending an extra $20 or whatever to make sure you look legit to ALL cops and remove the easy excuse to pull you over.


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I guess you don't know about Rodriguez vs U.S..

When they find out you don't need no stinking plate on your trailer they can no longer legally detain you. The stop can no longer extend beyond the time that it takes how to write a ticket. If they don't have a drug sniffing dog with them they can't legally detain you anymore to wait for a drug sniffing dog to arrive. They cannot legally subject you to a retaliatory "roadside safety inspection" either.

Know your rights and stand up for them. Not standing up for them is why they get away with it.

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Here is a quote from the Wisconsin DOT form MV1-Recreation

? RVT RV Trailer (walls rigid, collapsible or non-collapsible - for human habitation.) Show length at right. Fee = $15

This form does not show anything about weight for travel trailers.. I have pulled popups through Colorado on many occassions and on every trip, we have been pulled over at least once.


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JesLookin wrote:

DownTheAvenue wrote:

rockhillmanor wrote:

I'm from Wisconsin.

When I bought my first lightweight TT, Wisconsin DMV told me the same thing, it doesn't require a plate.

Well I was going to hit the road with the TT traveling south and most certainly was not in the mood to be stopped by every cop in every county I drove thru for no plate.

You DO have the option to buy a plate for it.
The Wisconsin DMV offers this option.

IMHO, JMHO I would buy the plate versus getting stopped every day as you travel

I bought a plate for the TT even though it was not required.


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This is the right answer!
Pretty sure that registration on a trailer it's only $15 per year.


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Here is a quote from the Wisconsin DOT form MV1-Recreation
? RVT RV Trailer (walls rigid, collapsible or non-collapsible - for human habitation.) Show length at right. Fee = $15
This form does not show anything about weight for travel trailers.. I have pulled popups through Colorado on many occasions and on every trip, we have been pulled over at least once.


Yes you are right the 'no plate' is related to length not weight. I erroneously referred to weight in my post!

Where weight DOES comes into play is for Wisconsin emissions testing.
Anything over 3,000 lbs does NOT need to emission test.

I found this out when I registered my one ton truck. Get this, they gave me the OPTION of whether I wanted to register as over 3,000!!

Well......hell yes if it means I don't have to jump hoops with emissions testing I'll gladly pay a few bucks more for the plate.(this was several years ago requirements may have changed since then) But I still don't have to take my MH thru emissions.

Albeit I find it interesting that usually a bigger vehicle is going to emit more, yet they don't require them to be tested and the fact that you can actually resister a vehicle for more than it actually weighs.!!!????


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Posted: 07/13/18 12:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's similar here in Okla. To avoid problems I had vanity plates (fully legal) made for my utility and horse trailers just to maybe forestall another state's LEO from bothering to stop me for no tag. +40 years hauling utility and horse trailers around 3/4 of this great land of ours and we have yet to be stopped. I also carry a single page hardcopy of the Okla law, provided by ODOT or the Tax Comm (forget which) in case I do get questioned by a LEO.

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mobeewan wrote:

I guess you don't know about Rodriguez vs U.S..

When they find out you don't need no stinking plate on your trailer they can no longer legally detain you. The stop can no longer extend beyond the time that it takes how to write a ticket. If they don't have a drug sniffing dog with them they can't legally detain you anymore to wait for a drug sniffing dog to arrive. They cannot legally subject you to a retaliatory "roadside safety inspection" either.

Know your rights and stand up for them. Not standing up for them is why they get away with it.


It's still time away from driving. And the time it takes go dig out my wallet to show I was a legal oregon resident. And then digging out the trailer registration to show it was legally regisgtered to an oregon address.

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