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Trailer needing brakes

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by siklid1066, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. siklid1066

    siklid1066 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 148

    At what weight does a trailer have to be to have brakes?Can a truck stop a trailer if the brakes or brake box dont work?
  2. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    i think most tandem axle trailers have brakes. i dont think ive seen any single axle trailers with them. and yes the truck can stop an unloaded trailer without brakes. but once its loaded its just unsafe for everyone around you and your truck.
  3. NBI Lawn

    NBI Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 135

    I think it is when the gross weight is 7,000lbs or greater. In MN double axle trailers have to have brakes on both axles.
  4. ZX12R

    ZX12R LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 785

    I am pretty sure that its now a law all trailers must have brakes(in NJ ). I don't know about the rinky dinky U-haul trailers,but if you are a landscaper,you better have them here. One of the first things they do if you are stopped is to check for a brake controller.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Check your state laws, also I would purchase the trailer from a local dealer because they usually would not sell you an illegal trailer.
  6. Mike Fronczak

    Mike Fronczak LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 301

    Check with your state dot, I thought any trailer used commercilly needed brake, but I'm not positive, & I know there are contractors out there that use ones with out brakes.
  7. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,362

    In the sate of Idaho - if a trailer weighs in at just over 1600 pounds empty it needs to have brakes. I'm struggling with this very issue now. My 6 x 12 enclosed, no brakes, will be right at 2,000 to 2,200 pounds loaded. My tow vehicles are not what I would call super capable. 85 Toyota 4x4 and a 91 4runner. I'm sure a new Toyota Tundra has superior stopping power when compared to my current rigs even if the trailer is maxed out at 2,990 vs. the 2,000 with my older Toyotas.
  8. Dave Maher

    Dave Maher LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    I believe it is GVWR 2000 lbs.
  9. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,594

    Varries from state to state but that was a common set point.
    3000 lb or less GVWR trailer is not required to have them if the loaded trailer weighs less than 40% of the towing vehicle per ( 49 CFR 393.42(b) (3)-(4)). Combo must, however, be able to stop in 35 feet from 20 MPH. BC set it at 3080 lbs (1400 kg ) and under 50% towed to tow vehicle licensed weight ratio.
  10. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,675

    I don't care if it's required or not, I would never have another trailer withour brakes. Its much safer with them and you can really feel the difference.

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