Appreciate the response shovelracer...just checked the tongue of my trailer and it said don't exceed 5,000 lbs gross weight. Looks like it's rated for 5,000 and not 3,000. So next time I get a plate, I guess I need to get a 3,001-5000 rated plate. Also, called my local state DOT and as long my combined gross weight is below 10,001 lbs I don't need any DOT numbers. Even if I get another 60" scag or dixie to add to the trailer I will be under by about 1,500 lbs. Glad I got all this cleared up before the start of this year.