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Old 07-26-2003, 06:57 AM   #1
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The State of Ohio allows any vehicle over the age of 25 years to be eligible for a "Historical" license plate, if the vehicle is not used for "regular transportation." I purchased one of these yesterday for my Airstream. The cost was $19.75 and is good for 50, yes, FIFTY years. No more license plate fees. Anyone in Ohio can find that ORC # 4503.181 describes eligibility and allowable uses, which I believe fits our usage to a "T". You can also use a license plate from the year of the vehicle if you can find one in good shape, in lieu of the regular "Historic" plate. You can also get a personalized plate, but it has to be renewed at a cost every year.

I am not sure if these plates are available, in other states, but I am sure they are.
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Old 07-26-2003, 07:17 AM   #2
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Here in Illinois, we have "Antique" Vehicle plates. They must be renewed annually and the vehicle can be driven or used whenever desired. The vehicle must be 25 years old though. It can be any type of vehicle too. Motorcycle, passenger car, truck, RV, etc.
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Old 07-26-2003, 07:18 AM   #3
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Greetings Pick!

I looked into Historical or Collector Vehicle plates for my Airstream in Wisconsin before I moved as well as here in Illinois. In both cases, the response was no such thing - - the reaction was something like "who would consider collecting/restoring old RVs?" At the same time, I was able to easily purchase collector plates for my '65 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible, and '75 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (was also reminded that I could get the plates fro my '84 Cadillac Biarritz Convertible in 2009). The collector or AV (antique vehicle) plates are renewed once every 60-months (starting with the current run of plates) and if my memory serves correct the cost recently increased from $24.00 ($36.00 for Vanity plates) for 4-years to $30.00 ($43.00 for Vanity plates) for 5-years (haven't had to renew any of my collector cars since the price increase).

In Illinois, our Secretary of State's Office (Department of Motor Vehicles) hosts an annual car show for owner's of vehicles registered with AV (antique vheicle plates) license. On a lark, I decided to phone the organizer to see if my '75 Cadillac would be allowed to attend towing my '64 Airstream Overlander - - car welcome, but trailer IS NOT recognized as being a collectible vehicle so would have to be parked off-site. I was inquiring about the show only (non-judged) arena so judging was not the issue. I will likely go to the show (it is less than 3-hours away) sans either vehicle just to experience the event.

Information about Illinois Collector (AV) plates can be accessed at:

Illinois Secretary of State, Department of Motor Vehicles, License Plating

You are certainly fortunate to live in a state that recognizes the collectability of RVs.

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That's odd, I must have misread the DMV website. To me, it looked like any vehicle at the age of 25 could apply and receive an Antique plate.
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Greetings Eric!

When I went to the Illinois Secretary of State offices in both Union County Illinois and Mercer County Illinois, the story was the same regarding the issue of AV plates for travel trailers - - it seems that they do not meet the definition of "Motor Vehicle" as used in the Antique Vehicle plate legislation. It was unclear, however, whether a Vintage motorhome MIGHT be eligible if it were registered as a truck rather than as an RV - - evidently the RV (motorhome) and RT/RA (travel trailer) plating dvisions are not recognized under the Antique Vehicle plating legislation.

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Thanks for the info Pick!
My plates expire in August and this sounds like a great deal.
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Old 07-26-2003, 08:21 AM   #7
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Thumbs down Same here Kevin...

I tried for "Historical Vehicle" plates here in CO. But they're not available for travel trailers because they aren't "vehicles"...no motor. So I got a personalized plate instead....of course it says "MAXWELL"

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That's a bummer. I was looking forward to getting that kind of plate some day!
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