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Old 17 December 2015, 03:48   #11
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Trailer id plate

Thanks for the replies guys. The further complication I didn't mention is that the original manufacturer is no longer about (Becktons). Hence the question about sourcing plates.

Would a diy one from ebay be legal or just help to avoid drawing attention?

The rig should still look right, it'll hopefully be a 4x4 doing the pulling but as manufacturers go for cleaner engines all but the hard core are all dropping their towing capacities.
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Old 17 December 2015, 04:31   #12
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Old 17 December 2015, 07:10   #13
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Check that no on ebay I got a plate off this guy a while ago and it was very cheap but he doesn't have the plates listed now so I've mailed him asking if he can still do plates
The listing no above is for a very cheap set of stamps which is a start
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As easy on the eye as that listing is, the plate looks iffy. I would have thought that having a dodgy plate would fall foul of some other laws and get you into more trouble.
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A Google of the 'Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989' as on the plate in bedajim's post says it's Australian.

ETA You might have more luck with this one: http://www.vin-plate.co.uk/
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Down rating a trailer is very easy to do. You can simply put a replacement vin plate on with the reduced weight this is fine as long as you copy all the other details over i.e. chassis number etc. Another option is to get the gross weight on the original trailer plate struck through and the new reduced weight put alongside it. At the roadside I don't mind seeing a plate that has been reduced in weight but I will put it on the scales to check its not over that figure. If your over the new gross weight on the trailer though then your in for a very expensive day.....
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That's great thanks for that.

I think the new plate is the way to go so that if necessary the old one can be reinstated.
Another trip to the weighbridge will confirm that I haven't added too much since the last visit. She was only 1960kg at the last visit so plentY in hand to consider 2500kg rating,

Now I just need to find the plates, do the ones at VIN-PLATESĀ* :: Replacement Vehicle Identification Number Plates for trailers, cars, caravans, motorbikes. look right?

Thank for the help guys.
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Their marine boat section has the plates that are ideal. Just copy the details from the old plate.
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The trailer for my hardboat doesn't have a VIN plate. It is the trailer upon which the boat was delivered 45 years ago. It is well-maintained and up to snuff w.r.t lighting, etc., and the local unmanned VOSA weighbridge gave me the confidence that the actual weight is within the limits of my license and the tow vehicle. I actually wouldn't mind paying for a yearly 'trailer MoT' to prove all this - such a system would also weed out some of the 'things' I see being towed to/and from the local tip (and that should be left there).
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As I have said before, its the actual weight of the trailer behind the car that matters NOT the plated maximum.

I was stopped on the M6 by the most (Trailer wise) switched on copper I have ever met. I was towing my empty 3500kg trailer with my wifes CRV (Only rated to tow 2000kg). Trailer on its own weighs 700kg. He checked the plate on the trailer, checked the max tow weight of the car (plate on door jam), checked some kind of database via his radio. No issues at all. He was actually looking for a stolen trailer.

But he did ask if I towed the boat with the CRV

I am 99% certain that all this hot air flying round the internet regarding tow cars with tow weights to match or exceed max plated weight on trailers is rubbish. But I am happy to be proved wrong, can anyone actually show me the piece of legislation ?
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