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Old 03-14-2011, 12:23 AM
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Do I need trailer brakes?

Guys...I am NOT a LCO....lol. Full disclosure. Lawn care/maintenance is a small part of my business. I can do all of mine in 1day/wk.. My business is still somewhat new, also. And, I haven't trailered a "lot" of things through the years (mostly ATV's here and there....and very little of that).

I have a new 6.5'X10.5' trailer with an equipment basket. I'll be hauling a 52" Bobcat ZTR; push mower and some power hand tools (the usual assortment). I have safety chains (of course). But, I'm a little concerned with what happens (what's the likelihood?) if it were to somehow come un-hitched.

Do I need brakes on the trailer? How hard (cost?) would it be to add them to this trailer? Is it necessary? Advisable?

Thanks. My truck's wired for brakes. Just curious.
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:26 AM
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No, you'll be fine. Brakes are only needed for heavy loads, you don't have to worry about it.
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:05 AM
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You didn't mention what type of vehicle you are towing with, which makes a big difference in the answer to your question. If you have a small SUV, minivan or compact pickup, then you definitely need brakes. If you have a 1/2 ton (150/1500 series) pickup you should be fine without brakes but use caution and expect to burn through brake pads more quickly, and if you have a 3/4 ton (250/2500 series) pickup or larger you'll be good to go without brakes.
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:00 AM
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You don't need brakes until its a tandem. You won't be able to carry enough weight on a single.
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Old 03-17-2011, 03:20 PM
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You don't need brakes until its a tandem. You won't be able to carry enough weight on a single.
Not true. I have a trailer with a single 3500 lb rated axle. To be street legal in Florida, it has to have brakes as 3000 lb and up requires them single or dual. And if it is a tandem axle, both axles. NY requires them if over 3000 lbs. NC says 4000 which is still in a single axle range of a 5K axle.
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:35 PM
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Not true. I have a trailer with a single 3500 lb rated axle. To be street legal in Florida, it has to have brakes as 3000 lb and up requires them single or dual. And if it is a tandem axle, both axles. NY requires them if over 3000 lbs. NC says 4000 which is still in a single axle range of a 5K axle.
First of, a single axle trailer doesn't have a GVWR more than 3000lbs its 2990 for the law. Secondly, there is a 40% towing capacity law based on your vehicle if I remember right. Excluded the first sentence if you have some beefed up trailer or special trailer other than a normal utility trailer.
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Old 03-14-2011, 08:55 AM
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I'm pulling it with a 2003 Tundra (new brakes, last Nov.).

Thanks, guys.
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:13 PM
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:14 PM
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Your fine without them. Just keep your truck brakes in good condition, as you should anyway.
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Old 03-15-2011, 09:35 PM
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If you're worried about the trailer coming unhitched (not very likely) just make sure to have your safety chains attached correctly and that they are strong enough.

Otherwise, you'll be good.
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