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Old 01-11-2013, 02:31 PM   #1
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License plate light for toad

Has anyone tried one of these?
LED Trailer License-Plate Light w/ Mounting Bracket, 2 Wire, 5 Diode - Clear Optronics Trailer Lights LPL55CB

I tow a Geo Tracker flat with the battery in the toad disconnected and add-on lights (trunk style) pinched between the tailgate and ragtop crossbar. This setup does not provide a lighted license plate. I'm thinking of trying one of the above (when needed .... seldom tow at night) upside down and bolted/thumbscrewed to the bottom holes of the license plate (shining up) and powered by a 9 volt battery velcro'd to the holder. Only draws .027 amps. Whadaya think?
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:23 PM   #2
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I had not thought about the license light. I mostly also don't tow at night but sometimes have to when going to shows. I also tow flat with the magnetic lights from the motor home. Does anyone know what the law is about that while towing at night?
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:55 PM   #3
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I had not thought about the license light. I mostly also don't tow at night but sometimes have to when going to shows. I also tow flat with the magnetic lights from the motor home. Does anyone know what the law is about that while towing at night?
Depends on the state but many/most require illuminating the license plate.

Florida requires: " A white light that makes the license plate visible from 50 feet (The plate must be kept clean)."

New Jersey: (d) Every trailer or semitrailer shall be equipped on the rear with 2 tail lamps, 2 stop lamps, 2 turn signals and 2 reflectors, one of each at each side, and with adequate license plate illumination. (they describe "adequate" in another paragraph ...toad is treated same as trailer).

In general, states require the license plate light to be on at the same time as the front and rear lights of the towing vehicle (and the toad rear lights) .... roughly dusk to dawn.
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Thanks for posting the question. It makes me wonder if my HHR license plate light is on when I tow at night. My setup has a battery charge line from the MH. On the HHR I turn the key to accessory and pull fuse #8 (actually a switch). The MH light switch operates the HHR tailights. But I don't know about the license plate light.
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The only reason you'll ever get pulled over for an inoperative license plate light on a TOAD is if the police officer thinks you might be hauling dope or your a really attractive woman (or man in this brave new world).
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:16 PM   #6
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The only reason you'll ever get pulled over for an inoperative license plate light on a TOAD is if the police officer thinks you might be hauling dope or your a really attractive woman (or man in this brave new world).

You may be right but if I can eliminate a potential problem and a fine totally out of proportion to the cost of fixing the problem why wouldn't I do that ???
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As more small, and some not so small, towns are strapped for cash. It seems like I am seeing more tickets being written. Why give them a reason when a little effort on my part can make me legal.
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Thats a pretty good idea, beats duc-taping a small mag-light to the bumper.
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Thats a pretty good idea, beats duc-taping a small mag-light to the bumper.
Not to mention, candles keep blowing out
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In Okla trailers aren't required to be licensed so I assume my OKla toad (trailer) wouldn't need a License Light. ???????
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In Okla trailers aren't required to be licensed so I assume my OKla toad (trailer) wouldn't need a License Light. ???????
Although there is no point in lighting an empty plate holder on a trailer, and your toad (in OK) is treated as a trailer when towed, I would not assume that .... licensing and vehicle requirements are not always logically connected ..... especially when the vehicle is NOT a trailer when it is off the hitch. Best to check with your DMV.
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In Okla trailers aren't required to be licensed so I assume my OKla toad (trailer) wouldn't need a License Light. ???????
I would think that the answer is absolutely you don't need one. The problem is how much hassle do you want to go through proving yourself innocent in another state a long way from home.

We also tow a Tracker four down and I don't think the plate is lighted. The tail lights are wired through diodes from the RV so it doesn't seem possible. Will have to check next time we hook it up. We don't travel all that much at night but have never been stopped for it.
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I have a dedicated power line from the Phoenix for the Even-Brake and TOAD-Charge to keep the battery up when towing. There are also separate stop/turn/tail lights.
If I must travel at night I simply turn on the Toad's marker/parking/running/license lights (I want dunderheads to see the side of the Toad).
My experience has been that if the Toad isn't lit up like a Christmas tree, there'll be some idjit that won't see it.
There's a reason cars have side markers.
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I have a dedicated power line from the Phoenix for the Even-Brake and TOAD-Charge to keep the battery up when towing. There are also separate stop/turn/tail lights.
If I must travel at night I simply turn on the Toad's marker/parking/running/license lights (I want dunderheads to see the side of the Toad).
My experience has been that if the Toad isn't lit up like a Christmas tree, there'll be some idjit that won't see it.
There's a reason cars have side markers.
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