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    License plate - keeps getting bent

    Single Waverunner trailer

    My license plate attaches to a bracket that fastens to the tail-light bolts, and hangs low.

    Every time I wash the Waverunner on the trailer, water accumulates in the foot wells. I typically lift the tongue of the trailer to dump this water (rear-ward). This bends the license plate every time.

    Anyone else experience this ? Fixes/recommendations ?

    (I might just hinge the licence plate bracket . . . . NOT a big deal . . . . . just curious if anyone else has/had this problem...)


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    Triton Elite PWC trailer, flip up license plate holder frame

    This is my solution.
    (Sorry for the road grit, didn't wash the trailer )

    Stainless Steel hinge (West Marine) attached to a thick aluminum backing plate, just slightly larger than the license plate. I happened to have a nylon license plate frame/holder to keep the edges of the metal license plate from snagging stuff, but that would be optional.

    The aluminum plate is positioned on the hinge so when the plate is hanging down the upper edge of the aluminum meets the trailer frame and prevents the plate from swinging too far to the rear, thereby keeping it vertical. When on the road air pressure keeps the plate pressed back and stationary.

    When I am launching, or want to tip the trailer up, I simply flip the plate upwards with my foot. The magnet holds the plate firmly until I release it, which takes a firm hand.

    The reflective stickers are there so I can see the front side of the plate when it is down, and confirm from the driver's seat that the plate is indeed down. Sometimes I forget to flip it down, and it stays up even over many miles of road

    My source for the magnet and mounting cup is LeeValleyTools. The steel mating surface for the magnet (since my trailer is aluminum) are these metal discs.



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    Another method I have used on friend's trailers is to clip a bungie cord hook through one of the bottom holes on the plate, then use the bungie tension to flex the plate forwards and upwards and clip it somewhere to hold in that position.

    The plastic plate holder flexes and does not seem to mind, but I would not want to do this hundreds of times, eventually the plastic will fatigue and fail.

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    i use zip ties to hold plate on and do not tighten them all the way. problem solved


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    Quote Originally Posted by thatdude596 View Post
    i use zip ties to hold plate on and do not tighten them all the way. problem solved
    exactly what i do.

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    You guys are great !! Thanks for the suggestions !! (and I thought I'd get teased . . . . . HaHa)

    Great ideas !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thatdude596 View Post
    i use zip ties to hold plate on and do not tighten them all the way...
    Does the plate flop around in the wind when on the highway?

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    I mounted mine to the frame of the trailer instead.

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    You could move to Minnesota. We have lifetime licensing for small trailers. Sticker on the tongue and you are set. No more plates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R-Doo View Post
    You could move to Minnesota. We have lifetime licensing for small trailers. Sticker on the tongue and you are set. No more plates.
    Wish we had that! At least we can get motorcycle plates now (small plates)

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