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Old 03-19-2006, 03:42 PM
The Ripper The Ripper is offline
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Trailer Brakes

I use 16ft and 20ft open landscape trailers. I am about to buy some new ones and I was wondering what everyone thought about trailer brakes. Are you pro brakes or anti brakes and why?

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Old 03-19-2006, 03:57 PM
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think about the question you just asked, do you want to be safe or not.
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Old 03-19-2006, 04:57 PM
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Get the brakes ,For saftey # 1. And resale value down the road.
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Old 03-19-2006, 06:32 PM
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B efore I had brakes I said it was a big added exspense. In Va. it means that the traailer has to be inspected each year and the cost of having the brakes in good condition. After having them, I would be lost now, it makes it so nice when you step on the peddle and have the added stopping power. When I pull my 12 foot trailer I can tell A BIG difference

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Old 03-19-2006, 11:00 PM
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I would not have another trailer without brakes. I went through 3 sets of brake pads on my pickup in one year. Then put a brake axle on the trailer, changed the whole picture. My new 20 ft. trailer on order has two brake axles. In my opinion the more the better.
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Old 03-22-2006, 09:15 AM
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Um, trailer mfg's can get away with SELLING trailers without brakes, but YOU can't legally pull any DUAL axle trailer that has 3500 pound axles on it legally. Dot requires brakes on each wheel for any trailer that has 3500 or better axles.
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Old 03-22-2006, 09:55 AM
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Brakes are a must. Not just from a safety standpoint, they are just really nice to have.
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Old 03-22-2006, 04:26 PM
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Just bought a 5X10 with electric brakes, using a Ranger to pull, LOVE IT! What a relief for Ranger too.

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Old 03-22-2006, 05:29 PM
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this is why you need trailer brakes...

It _was_ a brand new (at the time) 2004 Infiniti G35 2door coupe with only ~250miles, fresh off the dealer lot that day. It went from compact to sub-compact after I slammed into the back of it with my 1500 and 12' trailer
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Old 03-22-2006, 11:32 PM
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Just met with a DOT rep today, and the rule is, if trailer gross is over 3K, each axle on the ground has to have brakes=each wheel on ground needs a brake. Not only is it required to be legal, it is soooo much easier on the truck to have good brakes on the trailer.
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