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Old 08-11-2018, 09:02 AM   #31
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Glenn,
Way back with my '05 Suites, got the same "no" from Morryde about the flanges on the plates--years later, and now on the '15, disaster has not yet struck because I cut them off.
Still don't know if the plates are MR product or a Lippert product.
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Old 08-11-2018, 09:07 AM   #32
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There are twice as many holes in the trailer pin box mount then there are on these side plates.

I moved my pin box up one hole but there is not enough room at the top for these plates to go back on.
Wish you could edit on this forum........

To be clear, I 'lowered' my MOR/ryde pinbox one hole to 'raise' my trailer off the truck. I was not able to reinstall the plates because I could not move the plates 'up' one hole due to the way the holes are punched.

There are twice as many mounting holes on the trailer frame then there are on these side plates.

I would have had to lower the pin box at least two holes in order to use the side plates, maybe, I didn't try it.
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Old 08-11-2018, 09:16 AM   #33
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Still don't know if the plates are MR product or a Lippert product.
Good question.

ALL of the important details regarding our MS are on these removable plates, including the VIN - go figure.

The last 6 of the VIN is punched into the actual frame mounted side plates, and not very well at that.
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Old 08-11-2018, 10:59 AM   #34
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I also added a grade 8 to the remaining hole on each side but had to drill it just a little. I also noticed your New York inspection sticker. Texas has always had a law requiring an inspection on anything on the road, but I knew of no one that ever had anything inspected, except for their actual vehicle. Registration was a two part process; get the inspection and have a sticker placed on the vehicle, and then get the registration/renewal and place that sticker on the window. I've been in Texas since ~1972, and have always had RV's and flatbeds, but never had them inspected, was never stopped, questioned, nor ticketed. Then, a few years ago, the law changed. Now, to renew the registration, you must get the vehicle inspected, take the inspection papers to the DMV, and then they will issue you one sticker; a combination of the inspection and the tag renewal. That was financially brilliant. Can you imagine the millions, maybe billions, of revenue that the state started collecting from $7.50 on each inspected vehicle with that plan? But, now, I have two of vehicles and the DRV registered to my LLC in Montana and don't have to worry with it anymore.
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:23 AM   #35
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I bought the trailer in New York. New York law (so I am told) requires a New York State inspection and registration take place and the decal affixed. So I paid for that inspection when I finalized the papers. Was not much.

I live in New Jersey. We do not have any type of inspection nor require any type of decals for registration. We used to years ago require a decal for the plate that shows the registration was paid for. But that just led to other problems. Was a problem keeping plates from being stolen on boat trailers because of that decal.

I just pay an annual registration fee, no decal, no inspection. $28
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Old 08-11-2018, 11:46 AM   #36
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$28 bucks; that’s cheap. Texas inspection is $7.50 to the inspection station, and another $7.50 to the state along with the renewal fee of $87, I think. Anyway about $100 per year for a full sized truck.
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Old 08-11-2018, 02:05 PM   #37
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Yearly:

$28.00 most trailers, no inspection
$75.00 F-350, no inspection
$65.00 Harley, no inspection
$71.50 Lincoln MKC, inspection every 5 years
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Old 08-11-2018, 03:58 PM   #38
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Good question.
ALL of the important details regarding our MS are on these removable plates, including the VIN - go figure.
The last 6 of the VIN is punched into the actual frame mounted side plates, and not very well at that.
I find this curious too, as a dubious person "could falsify" the identity of a trailer masking it's history.
Wondering if at some time mfr. noticed deformation on the pin head, etc. or in order to increase capacities or some other notion?
Wonder if one might modify or fabricate less (to the bed rail) intrusive plates? Does seem as if they are added for a stiffener.
Interesting, and requires some more research.
Similarly, I added the sixth GR-8 hardware to the existing GR-8. Although I only had to loosen the initial bolts, and slightly align the pin box, for the proper bolt clearance. Then replaced the lock washers on all, and re-torqued.
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Old 08-12-2018, 08:20 AM   #39
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One of the problems with these removable side plates is that if you lower the pinbox one hole the side plate has to be lowered as well, since there are fewer holes. IF try and use the side plate it will be one hole lower then the pin pin box was moved and you will have a 1" between the top of the plate and the bottom of the overhang.

On my list of things to do is contact DRV and/or Lippert to see if plates are available with the holes punched in alternate location.

An alternative would be to get side plates prior to punching and have them done locally.
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TX trailer inspection is basically a joke, and as mentioned, a money generator. Biggest hassle is getting the trailer to the shop to inspect it. Has been very easy to make friends with an oil change shop and just take the VIN to him and generate the inspection--happens all over the state.
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