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Old 04-28-2013, 12:19 PM   #15
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Some states require a front plate, some don't. If your's is registered in a state that requires a front plate then you will need some kind of mount. As the manufacturers build for all states a mount of some sort may be available from your motorhome manufacturer.
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Yeah, the Porsche and Corvette guys at work don't want a front Texas plate either because it messes up the appearance of their cars. That doesn't fly with the Jersey Village PD - they LOVE to stop and ticket them. Some of them are hardheaded and have paid multiple tickets.

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Old 04-28-2013, 12:59 PM   #17
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If the state requires them, do they specify the exact placement of the plate? If not, in the windshield would work, then when in the CG just lay it down on the dash.

Just thinking and I know that is dangerous!!
Ours is propped up in the front windshield.

This whole discussion is reminiscent of one that I had with a MA Trooper some years back when he pulled me over for having a TN plate displayed on the front bumper of my tractor where TN required it. He felt that it belonged on the back of the tractor where MA required it, even though it was a TN plate. After a discussion with me and another discussion with someone on the other end of his radio he told me to enjoy the rest of the day, and left.
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Keep the second plate with you. I doubt you will have problems unless you run into an LEO who has a lot of time on his hands and hates RVs. Here in AZ we get two plates but are only required to show one in back.
When was the last time you got plates in AZ? It's been many years since they gave out two plates. Now days, in AZ, they silk screen them. No more stampings.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:52 AM   #19
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NY requires a front & back plate & will ticket you without them.
They want to be sure to get the plate number if they are chasing you and you are driving backwards My neighbor at our summer home (NY) has a Corvette and he is one of those guys that refuses to put on the front plate. He has argued with local LEOs but so far no ticket. Chevy didn't really design a good place on the front for one and I agree they look much better without one. Seems like a waste of time to me and they could charge the same for registration and keep the cost of one tag.

We plan to one by one change our registrations to Florida since there are no front plates, no stickers in the window and no annual inspections. We are there more than half the year anyway.
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:44 PM   #20
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In WA, the fine for no front plate is $132 - every time you get a ticket. The previous owner of our rig had it inside at the base of the passenger's side windshield. I looked at the front end and chose to drill through the fiberglass bumper and attach the plate with CRES bolts and Nyloc nuts.

It worked out fine, except it's not quite level. No plans to change it! Incidentally, though a front plate is required, you get one set of annual tabs and they go on the back.
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:44 PM   #21
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In WA, the fine for no front plate is $132 - every time you get a ticket. The previous owner of our rig had it inside at the base of the passenger's side windshield. I looked at the front end and chose to drill through the fiberglass bumper and attach the plate with CRES bolts and Nyloc nuts.

It worked out fine, except it's not quite level. No plans to change it! Incidentally, though a front plate is required, you get one set of annual tabs and they go on the back.
Guess I better think about doing that too!
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My coach isn't equipped with a front license plate bracket either... As TX requires one, I've kept my front plate suction-cupped to the window. I don't like that option much, but I'm afraid of drilling into the fiberglass bumper and creating spider cracks in the gel coat (or whatever it is).

Any tips on how to drill into the fiberglass bumpter without creating bigger problems? Would it help to drill through masking tape applied over the fiberglass be enough??
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It worked out fine, except it's not quite level.
File out the plate holes to get it level.

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Any tips on how to drill into the fiberglass bumpter without creating bigger problems? Would it help to drill through masking tape applied over the fiberglass be enough??
Masking or painter's tape. Drill in steps and use some 1/4" moly bolts from a hardware store. My Sea Breeze has two galvanized inserts in the front fascia and no cracks or checking. Probably the same in the back. If it makes you feel better, coat the inside and backside with clear nail polish. Tell your wife Dunner said it was ok.
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Michigan does not have front plates but I had one made. It says LAZY DAZE!
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Crossing the Canadian border last fall I don't think the officer liked my WIT plate on the front. Not sure what Canadian law says.
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In WA, the fine for no front plate is $132 - every time you get a ticket. The previous owner of our rig had it inside at the base of the passenger's side windshield. I looked at the front end and chose to drill through the fiberglass bumper and attach the plate with CRES bolts and Nyloc nuts.

It worked out fine, except it's not quite level. No plans to change it! Incidentally, though a front plate is required, you get one set of annual tabs and they go on the back.
Were I to be stopped for no front plate, I would dig out the second plate and put it on sideways with duct tape covering all except that absolutely necessary by law.

However. it is highly unlikely I would be stopped since I have been driving for over 50 years and 2,000,000 miles w/o a problem.

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Ours is in the windshield (class A). There is a bracket to slip it into. I looked up WA state law and it is specific to location (no more than 3' up, as I recall). But there was also a statement relating to if there was a place to mount it. Since we bought our used and the plate has never been mounted on the bumper, I figure we are OK.
My Wisconsin front plate lives in the passenger side windshield, and has for 13 years, (103k miles, NY to OR, to FL, to CA).
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