Which Trailers Need License Plates?

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.

What is a motorhome rally?

If you’re new to the world of RVs, “boondocking” and a more nomadic lifestyle, you may be unaware of the large community of RV owners who participate in rallies. Unlike what one normally thinks of when considering vehicles and rallies, an RV rally is more like a convention, a gathering of like minded individuals who share a passion for RVs and the lifestyle that goes with them. Rallies are held all over the world, and there are several popular sites across the U.S. with either local chapters, RV brands, or regional groups.

You can expect a wide range of activities at a rally, including meet and greets with the community, seminars, safety training, and even entertainment and arts and crafts. They are often family friendly events (a good idea for family vacations, perhaps), and are hosted by RV brands themselves or by various groups of RV owners. Your RV Lifestyle has an excellent write-up about what you can expect from a rally, what activities are available, and links to sites that have rally calendars available for those interested.

RV Clubs also has a 2018-2019 calendar of events, rallies, and the like available, although events only go through March 2019. Others will be added as they are confirmed.

If you’re interested in checking out the RV lifestyle, take a look at the Family Motor Home Association and consider joining a local chapter.

1970 Austin Camper Home

There are RVs, and then there are RVs. This is something you won’t see every day, and actually its the first one we’ve ever seen. It’s from the 70s, it’s an Austin, and it’s a camper home on wheels.

This one came up for auction recently, and although it’s not an RV motorhome most people reading this will be able to swing by and pick up (because it’s in Norfolk, England), it’s interesting nonetheless. It’s being auctioned by Anglia Car Auctions, though, for anyone who is in that area and wants this motorhome.

From the auctioneers: “This conversion was completed in 2016 just three months before it became a finalist in George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year. It has featured in many newspaper articles, copies of which are provided. It was also invited to Carfest North and South following it’s success where they were greeted by DJ Chris Evans. Fitted with a Nissan 2.3 diesel engine. Last MoT’d in 2016. The vendor has included some photos of the rebuild.” They estimate the bid will be between 9 and 12,000 pounds.

1970 Austin Camper Home