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Old 06-13-2020, 09:23 AM   #1
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Mounting front plate

All right, Ontario campgrounds are open! Now that I am on the road I need to figure out how to mount the front licence plate on my Bounder. Unfortunately two plates are the law here and I would prefer not to give local law enforcement a reason to interrupt my travels.

So what have other Fleetwood or similar owners done to mount their front plate? My dealer essentially refused to drill holes in the Fiberglass, I think they felt it would be sacrilegious. They mentioned the existence of a bracket but I have not been able to identify one that would work. And the front window thing is both ugly and does not meet legal requirements.
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I would just leave it off.

2 plates are the law here in BC also, but I have driven my 2 collector cars for years with only the back plate with no problem.

I also only had the rear plate on our previous MH and only had a hassle once crossing back into Canada. No fine, just a lot of grumbling.

So, IMHO, just put it in a cupboard and if you get stopped, pop it onto the dash.

Chances are, nobody will care.

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Oregon also has the two plate rule.

I just went to the hardware store and bought four license plate plastic screws.
Drilled the holes for the top two, mounted the plate, done. Didn't use the bottom mounts. Even got it level!
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I would just leave it off.

2 plates are the law here in BC also, but I have driven my 2 collector cars for years with only the back plate with no problem.

I also only had the rear plate on our previous MH and only had a hassle once crossing back into Canada. No fine, just a lot of grumbling.

So, IMHO, just put it in a cupboard and if you get stopped, pop it onto the dash.

Chances are, nobody will care.

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I would love to do that... But we have encounter a few Border guys now who think enforcing Provincial rules is part of their job and the OPP Highway Rangers are not known for being forgiving and I spend lots of time on Hwy 401.
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So I went the simple route and drilled the holes... It almost made me cry.

For those considering the same... I started by putting masking tape over the surface for two reasons. First to provide a clean surface to mark on and second to assist in preventing any damage from drilling. Measuring was the hardest part, I definitely could have used a second set of hands. There are no hard angles to measure off of so you have to do your best with the tape measure to judge ďpointsĒ to help you find center. And then do the same to measure up or down to the height you want to install at. Donít use a level as it is highly unlikely your coach is level to start.

Once I found center it was easy to measure 3.5Ē left and right for what I assume is the standard 7Ē spacing of licence plate holes. Once I had my points marked I pushed an ice pick into the center to create a starting point so the drill bit would not wander. The bolts I chose required an 11/64Ē hole. I started with a very small bit to start and create a pilot hole. I then progressed to a 9/64Ē and finished with the 11/64th. Everything went in cleanly. I was careful to let the bits do the work and not really push at all.

Once the holes were drilled I secured the plate in the decent looking metal frame that REV provided. I placed one washer on the bolts before inserting them into the plate/frame. I then added a second washer behind the plate before adding two rubber washers per side. The front of the RV is slightly curved so I needed the washers to build out a bit and used the rubber to provide some cushion and theoretically some shock absorption. On the back side I used a final washer to support the fibreglass followed by a lock washer and two nuts per side.

Mounting looks clean and hopefully I have done it in a way that prevents any additional damage, beyond the two holes. If you donít see me back on this post.. You will know all is good! If you see me here in tears then you will know not to follow the same steps I chose!

Be safe out there and enjoy the adventure!
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I used a couple of clear plastic hangers like you might use to hang a picture on the wall. Mark the spots where the holes would be and stick the hangers on the inside of the windshield at the location you decide to use. Let the hangers set up overnight and then hang your license plate from the hangers. It worked out great and no complaints from Law Enforcement!
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Ohio as of July 1st 2020, no longer requires the front license plate!
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