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biggest trailer without brakes

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by dmk395, Oct 28, 2001.

  1. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    What is the largest trailer that can be used without any braking mechanism. Currently I use a 6x12 which is getting small for me.
  2. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,253

    Why would you want to burn your brakes up on your truck?
  3. stslawncare

    stslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    from DE
    Messages: 1,484

    i agree with cos on this, why take the risk too?
  4. 1grnlwn

    1grnlwn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,261

    7 x 20 with 3/4 ton chev. A little hairy when I used S10.
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    It varies from state to state. Whether or not a trailer requires brakes is dependent on the GVWR of the trailer. Generally any trailer over 3000 pounds GVWR requires brakes. Consult your local trailer dealer for your state's requirements.
  6. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    Do the brakes at much of a cost to the trailer?
  7. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    i even have brakes on a 6'x10' because of the weight i put on it and to save on wear of the tow vehicle.

    brakes are usually $100 per axle. cheap insurance.....

  8. dhicks

    dhicks Member
    Messages: 770

    Richard Martin is right on target.
  9. You can get most trailers with or with out brakes.

    I have a 16' tandum with brakes and 2 with out brakes. Also a 10' single axle without brakes.

    I have barrowed trailers up to 30' with out brakes or couldn't use then because of no brake controler in the truck.

    Trailer brakes all depend on the heavy dutyness of the truck or the brakes on the truck. If light weight truck, then trailer brakes are needed, heavy weight truck then they are just an added benafit.


    SCAPEASAURUSREX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 835

    From what I have seen any trailer over 14' requires brakes.. I have a 16' trailer that weighs 1800 lbs and has brakes on both axles.. After having a trailer without brakes and then getting one with brakes , I will never get a trailer with out them again.. I had a 6 x 12 when I first started and got cut off on a local hi way.. locked the brakes and watched the trailer jack knife.. Luckily it did not hit the truck or anyone else, but that was one scary situation..

    For the few extra dollars , get the brakes..

    Also from my understanding if the trailer is equipped with brakes, they must be working and hooked up to the trailer along with a properly functioning breakaway kit ... Other wise if the DOT or county guys find you .... $$$$$$$

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