Reading trailer data plates & identification stickers

Every light tactical trailer LTT should have two metal plates affixed to the unit, a shipping data plate and identifications sticker, that gives you critical details about your trailer. Both are located on the front of the trailers, attached by rivets. Here is what you need to know to understand the M1101 data plates and M1102 identification stickers.

The government is required to have both of these attached to the trailers. If you purchase an M1101 or M1102 tactical trailer from Uncle Sam such as Gov Liquidations or Gov Planet you will definitely find these on your trailer. If you purchase your trailer from a third party these may be missing. The most common reason for removing them is to repair or paint the trailer. People don’t put them back on because they don’t have the tools to rivet or they damage (ie. bend) them when removing. Both plates are thin sheet metal.

Expedition Supply sells both plates in our shop if you need to purchase them. See other posts to learn how to identify your trailer as an M1101 or M1102 without an identification sticker or data plates and how to remove or replace them.

Identification Plate

The military trailer chassis identification plate is always located on the trailer tongue, passenger side, and gives general and personalize information. Generalized trailer information such as the manufacturer, vehicle curb weight, payload maximum, and national stock number (NSN). Personalize information on this sticker includes; manufacturer serial number, registration number, contact number and date of delivery. For registration purposes the serial number is the most important. This serial number may also be etched or molded into other parts of the trailer tongue for identification purposes. See our other post on how to register your Military Light Tactical Trailer M1101/2 with your state DMV to obtain an official title and license plate.

Shipping Data Plate

The trailer chassis shipping plate is riveted to the front, passenger side, and different from both the M1101 and M1102 trailers. There are two differences between the trailers and thus the shipping plate; max tongue weight and max gross vehicle weight. Compare the images below. As quoted from the military trailer technical manual – direct and general support maintenance manual:

  • Light (M1101) HMMWVs that have been modified have a decal on the rear crossmember where the pin- tle attaches that states: “AUTHORIZED TO TOW TRAILER WITH MAX GROSS WEIGHT OF 3400 LBS”. An MWO tag should also be present on the driver’s side reinforcement panel (just behind the seat) that identifies MWO 9-2320-280-20-7 has been applied.
  • Heavy (M1102) HMMWVs that have been modified have a stencil on the rear bumper reinforcement plate that states: “AUTHORIZED TO TOW TRAILER WITH MAX GROSS WEIGHT OF 4200 LBS.” An MWO tag should also be present on the driver’s side reinforcement panel (just behind the seat) that identifies MWO 9-2320-280-20-6 has been applied.

Other Trailer Data Plates

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