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Old 01-13-2021, 06:07 PM   #1
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I've got a 16 foot farm trailer that I need to move from one ranch to another. It hasn't ever been registered or licensed. The way I'm reading the rules. If it grosses less than 4000 pounds and is a farm trailer it doesn't need a license plate. I can just hook on and go. Anybody know for sure?
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Old 01-13-2021, 06:09 PM   #2
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I have pulled my brother lowboy trailer 1000 miles round trip without a plate and 1 working taillight without a problem.

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Old 01-13-2021, 06:26 PM   #3
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You donít have another trailer with a plate on it?...
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Old 01-13-2021, 06:35 PM   #4
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I've got a 16 foot farm trailer that I need to move from one ranch to another. It hasn't ever been registered or licensed. The way I'm reading the rules. If it grosses less than 4000 pounds and is a farm trailer it doesn't need a license plate. I can just hook on and go. Anybody know for sure?
I donít know if you can do it for that kind of trailer, but I was able to get a one way temporary tag for a travel trailer. Did it all online and cost very little. Might be worth checking out.
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Old 01-13-2021, 06:45 PM   #5
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I got mine registered as a farm trailer. I think it goes by axle capacity not total weight. I still need a sticker every year but don’t need a inspection.
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Old 01-13-2021, 06:51 PM   #6
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The 4000lbs or less exemption is for gross weight rating.
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Old 01-13-2021, 07:11 PM   #7
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Don’t worry about it, you should be good
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:00 PM   #8
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It had a plate when I left sir

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Old 01-13-2021, 08:06 PM   #9
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^^^ that won’t work lol.
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:10 PM   #10
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None of my trailers have plates or lights, and my truck inspection went out in October
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:12 PM   #11
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I don’t think it does Larry. If it weighs under 4K you should be good for farm use.
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:16 PM   #12
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Farm trailer tag costs like 5 bucks a year..... how much is peace of mind worth to you?
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:30 PM   #13
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I think you can get away with a custom plate. Get a piece of cardboard, cut it the size of a license plate and write in bold letters. FU JB
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:33 PM   #14
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It grosses over 4000 though. Why not just register it and get legal?


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Old 01-13-2021, 08:33 PM   #15
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None of my trailers have plates or lights, and my truck inspection went out in October
Go for it

Why? You donít give a **** if anyone can see you?


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Old 01-13-2021, 08:38 PM   #16
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All trailers need a plate. Under GVWR 4000 do not require a title but needs a registration/plate. One thing to keep in mind, if you get pulled over and it gets impounded-good luck on getting it out with no title or registration.
OP I stand corrected, I think you are correct.

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Old 01-13-2021, 08:42 PM   #17
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You’ll be fine. My little trailer I pull to the lease every weekend doesn’t have a plate, and my boat trailer hasn’t had a plate in 3 years or so. It did have one, but it fell off at some point and I’ve been too lazy to get another. The main thing is working lights at night. They’ll get you for that.
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:44 PM   #18
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Reading this post reminds me of the post about sharing deer tags with your children...lol...that op got chastised way worse than this op for asking if it was OK to do something illegal.

Yes it needs plates with current registration regardless of weight or farm status.

Thought...if you have another trailer and a machine at each location with hydraulics and the ability to lift why not haul this trailer on another trailer?

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Old 01-13-2021, 08:45 PM   #19
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[QUOTE=Dale Moser;15400941]Why? You donít give a **** if anyone can see you?


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None of your business what I choose to do, but to answer your question, no
Farmers drag trailers up and down the highway all day long with no lights!
And besides, I donít pull trailers at night! Like I said , none of your business
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Old 01-13-2021, 08:53 PM   #20
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You don't want to get stopped with a license of different trailer. Harbor freight has those temporary magnetic trailer lights for a lot cheaper than a fine plus if someone runs into you with no lights you will be up chip creek.
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Send it!!!! And let us know.


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Old 01-13-2021, 09:28 PM   #22
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load it up on a trailer that is registered
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Old 01-13-2021, 09:40 PM   #23
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I've got plenty of trailers that are licensed. This one came with a ranch that I bought. It has never been used on the road. That's why it's not registered and licensed. I am taking it to a different ranch where it will be used strictly off-road. I don't have the means to load it on another trailer where it currently resides. Otherwise I would do that. I have a set of magnetic lights if the current ones don't work. Just trying to find a legal way to move it one time on the highway without going through the hassle of getting it licensed if I don't have too.
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Old 01-13-2021, 09:55 PM   #24
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None of your business what I choose to do, but to answer your question, no
Farmers drag trailers up and down the highway all day long with no lights!
And besides, I donít pull trailers at night! Like I said , none of your business

Yeah, if youíre pulling it around on public roads, it is my business. Itís everyoneís business who might want to know when the **** heap trailer in front of them is gonna slow down or turn.

Itís a pretty simple way to get your **** together, and help out those around you.


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Old 01-13-2021, 09:57 PM   #25
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I've got plenty of trailers that are licensed. This one came with a ranch that I bought. It has never been used on the road. That's why it's not registered and licensed. I am taking it to a different ranch where it will be used strictly off-road. I don't have the means to load it on another trailer where it currently resides. Otherwise I would do that. I have a set of magnetic lights if the current ones don't work. Just trying to find a legal way to move it one time on the highway without going through the hassle of getting it licensed if I don't have too.

Sabe, in that case, Iíd throw the temp lights on and take my chances for a trip. Thatís how I move my lease camper.


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Old 01-13-2021, 10:04 PM   #26
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You could put the triangle sign for slow moving farm equip on back of it but your legal speed is limited to 35 mph I think. Might could get away with a little faster who knows. Its a little slow but you still get there legally.
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Old 01-13-2021, 10:12 PM   #27
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You could put the triangle sign for slow moving farm equip on back of it but your legal speed is limited to 35 mph I think. Might could get away with a little faster who knows. Its a little slow but you still get there legally.
Thanks but the places are roughly 150 miles apart. Iíll sooner do a cannonball run.
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Old 01-13-2021, 11:11 PM   #28
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Just go get a one way trip paper tag. It was like $5 or $10 bucks
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Old 01-13-2021, 11:14 PM   #29
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Play dumb my friend.
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Old 01-14-2021, 01:38 AM   #30
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Old 01-14-2021, 01:46 AM   #31
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make a midnight run, on the back roads.
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I thought the China virus registration leeway was still in effect?
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Old 01-14-2021, 03:25 AM   #33
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I had a state trooper in Brownwood tell me that every trailer has to have a license plate.I pulled the same trailer through Brownwood 6 months later,and he wrote me a ticket that time,lol
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Old 01-14-2021, 03:35 AM   #34
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^^^ he's right you know.

the 4k "exemption" is for getting it inspected, but they all have to be registered.
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Old 01-14-2021, 07:50 AM   #35
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Youíll be fine. My little trailer I pull to the lease every weekend doesnít have a plate, and my boat trailer hasnít had a plate in 3 years or so. It did have one, but it fell off at some point and Iíve been too lazy to get another. The main thing is working lights at night. Theyíll get you for that.

Same here. I lost my plate on my boat trailer when we fished chinquapin back in March and with Covid I wasnít able to replace it. My lights works so I donít think twice about it.


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^^^ that wonít work lol.
How do you know?

It worked for me and I was the one who stopped the guy for no plate. Who am I to argue or waste his and my time over a missing plate when all I wanted to do was ask if I could run VINS on the ATVs he was hauling.

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I had a state trooper in Brownwood tell me that every trailer has to have a license plate.I pulled the same trailer through Brownwood 6 months later,and he wrote me a ticket that time,lol
HAHAHAA...
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Old 01-14-2021, 07:57 AM   #37
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Lol,yeah..I lost my plate,blah,blah...10 mins on the side of the road will tell them errrrthing they need to know..It was a little 4x8..I got hit for a farm tagged trailer years ago too..Hauling carpet on it..Yeah,another ticket.
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I thought the China virus registration leeway was still in effect?
Yep goes through April 14, 2021. Nobody has to have a license plate right now on any vehicles.
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Old 01-14-2021, 08:05 AM   #39
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Swapping the plate doesn't work either,if the info doesn't jam up..In passing?? Sure..Get pulled over by a state trooper,and he'll figure that b.s.out in a second..I drag a lot of trailers..I don't **** around on hwy 67 near Brownwood..You can drag a double wide trailer down I-35.All the way to Lake Falcon,and never get stopped.
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Old 01-14-2021, 08:09 AM   #40
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Yep goes through April 14, 2021. Nobody has to have a license plate right now on any vehicles.
Are you saying it's not available? Registration,I mean..Cuz I've registered a vehicle,boat,and a utility trailer..In the last few months.
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Old 01-14-2021, 08:18 AM   #41
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Are you saying it's not available? Registration,I mean..Cuz I've registered a vehicle,boat,and a utility trailer..In the last few months.
Nowhere did I say it was unavailable, just that you don't have to right now.

https://www.txdmv.gov/covid-19
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Old 01-14-2021, 08:19 AM   #42
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I would say one way tag. They just need specific details of where and what roads you should be on to get to where you are going. Super cheap and good insurance.
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Not legal, but if it were me I would just hook it up and roll. Take the chance. If you have a plate on another trailer, just stick it on there and take it off once you get to the ranch. Drive the speed limit and dont give them a reason to pull you over and you will be fine.
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Old 01-14-2021, 08:27 AM   #44
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I would check and make sure wheel bearings are packed and ready to go 150 miles. Make sure tires are good to go. And make sure the lights work. Then roll on down the road.
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Yeah, if youíre pulling it around on public roads, it is my business. Itís everyoneís business who might want to know when the **** heap trailer in front of them is gonna slow down or turn.

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Old 01-14-2021, 08:57 AM   #46
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Go for it. Tags on my trailer expired in 06. I pulled it to Georgia and back last month.

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Old 01-14-2021, 09:02 AM   #47
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I've never had a problem. Even when stopped, I just play dumb.

"I just wire that dang thing on with a new piece of bailing wire right before we left the barn."

They just laugh and give ya a warning.
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Old 01-14-2021, 09:05 AM   #48
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I was raised by a horse trader. I have pulled trailers all over this country without plates. If you get busted for doing it this one time I will buy you supper.

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Old 01-14-2021, 09:06 AM   #49
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I’ve just gotten temporary paper plate when hauling one of my trailers that normally stays on my property. I believe you’re allowed to get them up to 3 times a year.

If you’re not going to be using it on the roadways but this time then that’s a cheap and legal option
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Old 01-14-2021, 10:00 AM   #50
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Lol,yeah..I lost my plate,blah,blah...10 mins on the side of the road will tell them errrrthing they need to know..It was a little 4x8..I got hit for a farm tagged trailer years ago too..Hauling carpet on it..Yeah,another ticket.
I think you just got bad luck. Or maybe you dated that troopers sister back in the day or something

And I seen farm tags on a boat trailer.
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