Which Trailers Need License Plates?

My father bought a two-wheel trailer in South Carolina to haul items like furniture and gardening supplies. While the trailer had lights, it wasn’t registered and my father didn’t have a title – he simply purchased the trailer from a friend. When he moved to Colorado, however, he was told that he had a short amount of time to get a license plate. The type of trailer you own will determine whether or not you need license plates (and lights). If you are considering a purchase or are moving to a different state, you will need to consult with your local DMV on how to proceed in regards to licensure, paperwork, and inspections.

North Carolina, for example, has made some trailers exempt, such as those farmers use to haul produce and livestock, those made to tow vehicles, and trailers that have been brought across state lines from a state that doesn’t require a license plate. If you’ve got a flat bed, a boat trailer, or a camper, you’ll have around 30 days to register the trailer and receive a license plate to attach to it or else you’ll be cited, or even worse, fined.

If you’re unsure about what your trailer needs to be road legal, the best thing to do is to ask at your nearest DMV, as the answers will vary from state to state.

Get a Look at the New Sol Trailer

For RVers familiar with the Luna teardrop trailer (maybe you’ve seen it at an RV camp or being towed out to the mountains?) comes this new small RV trailer, the “Sol” which debuted recently at this years winter RV shows.

Compared with the Luna you may be familiar with, the Sol is bigger (longer, taller, and wider), with more space and also features a more modern looking exterior design.

The inTech RV Sol weighs just over 3,000 pounds (3050-3200), so it can be towed comfortably by most trucks and SUVs on the market, and sleeps 2-4 adults comfortably (the Luna was built for a single or double occupancy – you can see a photo comparison in the gallery). The Sol also has a bathroom and shower, so RVers will be way more comfortable when it comes to creature comforts.

One of the biggest features you’ll notice from the photos is the wide tempered glass windshield that wraps around the front – similar to the Luna but bigger. This provides a wide single view from inside.

There are also options for the RV like a 10 foot awning and outdoor kitchen. All models come with LED lighting, 2-burner cooktop stove in the kitchen, farmhouse style sink, countertop, cabinets, queen bed, dinette, bathroom, fridge and microwave. We’ve indexed inTech RV in our directory now.

Extreme Light Travel Trailers

Having a travel trailer on site when you go camping and RVing is great, but even for people on a luxury RV budget weight is something you have to consider. The lighter the travel trailer, the more flexibility you have: you can tow it with a smaller truck (or car), and it costs less to transport in some cases (for ferries). You can also feel more confident when crossing small streams and sketchy parts of offroad trails. And finally, it’s less worrisome when going up or down hills.

For those reasons, we’re looking today at lightweight travel trailers. In this case, it’s the Extreme Lit Travel Trailers by Forest River. How do they stay light? Their construction is based off of fiberglass and aluminum, which keeps quality of the build up but keeps weight of the final product down. The dry weight for these (there are various sizes) is from 4400 – 5900 pounds, so they can be towed with almost any truck, SUV, or van on the market.

Let’s look at the smallest and the biggest. You can click our photos to expand them.

The smallest: the Vibe Extreme Lite 21FBS: “This is the smallest of the Vibe Extreme Lite floorplans and features a huge rear bathroom. There is plenty of elbo room in the corner shower as well as large linen storage area. This also features a dinette slide out in the main living area, and a murphy bed that doubles as the sofa. This creates a great multipurpose room without sacrificing your queen bed mattress! At under 4500 lbs, you can tow this with almost any truck or SUV!”

The biggest: “This is a tried-and-true bunk house floor plan done up in Vibe Extreme Lite fashion. This trailer weighs less than 5900 lbs and can sleep up to 10! The bunk room is closed off by a solid door, as is the front bedroom. This trailer also features a huge U-shaped dinette that can actually fit the family, and a comfortable sofa that folds into a bed for extra sleeping if needed. Also, the bottom bunk in the bunkroom can be sacrificed for an outdoor kitchen if you choose.”