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puddleplasher
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Posted - 08/09/2010 :  10:00:31 AM  Show Profile  Visit puddleplasher's Homepage Send puddleplasher a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ok here's a question for you trailer people: when towing a smaller trailer than a horse trailer, how do you decide when you should have electronic brakes on the trailer? Is there some rule of thumb as to when to get them and when not to bother? We're thinking of getting a simple flatbed trailer to haul some equipment occasionally, and aren't sure whether we should get the additional brake system or not.

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Red Hawk
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Posted - 08/09/2010 :  10:41:25 AM  Show Profile Send Red Hawk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd check with your local BMV and see what's considered legal. It'll probably go by the loaded weight of what you're towing, I would imagine, though these regulations vary from state-to-state.


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Hook
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Posted - 08/09/2010 :  9:54:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit Hook's Homepage Send Hook a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Actually I would reccommend brakes for any trailer you plan on hauling on the highway.

I supect that if loaded it was less than 30% of the truck weight you should be okay for short hauls.

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PaintGal
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Posted - 08/10/2010 :  08:02:08 AM  Show Profile Send PaintGal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We have a 14' flatbed trailer and it does not have brakes. I don't know why hubby got it w/o them but I sure wish it did! I haul the biggest load when I get hay and get pushed downhill pretty hard. I can allow for the weight, hills & stops but it's the unexpected that I worry about. Thank heavens, I can take the back roads and go slow when I get hay.

Depending on your truck size & what you haul, you might be okay with out brakes on the trailer but I don't think you'd regret having them.

Karen ~ Trails
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hmeyer
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Posted - 08/10/2010 :  11:24:38 AM  Show Profile Send hmeyer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In Indiana, I think the law says you have to have brakes on any trailer over 3500# (gross wgt). May be similar in other states.

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Edited by - hmeyer on 08/10/2010 11:25:12 AM
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PaintGal
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Posted - 08/10/2010 :  7:29:44 PM  Show Profile Send PaintGal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by hmeyer

In Indiana, I think the law says you have to have brakes on any trailer over 3500# (gross wgt). May be similar in other states.




Ooops... I figure was close to 5000 this afternoon when I brought a load of hay home. Like I said, I'm on backroads and I have 2 stop signs and 2 short but steep hills BUT I sure wish it had brakes.

Sort of OT but WOW... it was HOT today. Somebody had to drive the truck so I got stuck with that job but the 2 guys that loaded the trailer sure were hot. It was about 100 degrees and HUMID.

Karen ~ Trails
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Paoli, IN


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