brakes on small trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mikesjumpingin, Mar 23, 2003.

  1. mikesjumpingin

    mikesjumpingin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    How important are brakes on a single 5x10 ?

    I asked a dealor about brakes and he said that he can put them on for about 200, but recommends I drive without them first.
    He says he tells everyone that, and nobody ever comes back for them.

    I'll be caring an exmark 48 w-b, a trim mower, and some other basic items.

  2. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    Mike, I may be the minority, but on my 5x8, i dont have brakes and have no problems. I cary a 48" wb and 22" also... braking is not an issue with me.
  3. Outback Designz

    Outback Designz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

    For a trailer that small you will be fine w/o brakes. When you get heavier trailer you will needs the extra break.
  4. Outback Designz

    Outback Designz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 89

  5. mikesjumpingin

    mikesjumpingin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    okay, no brakes yet. I wonder if the 5x8 should be adequate for me, too.

    All I plan on having is the 48 wb and and a trim mower with hand tools, etc.

    I went to buy one on Saturday and the guy told me he's getting a huge selection... Come back in a month he says.

    Are there any tie-down accessories available online or mail order?

  6. wxmn6

    wxmn6 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 163

    I belive that it is a federal law that all trailers with GVWR of #3000 and more must have brakes. Less than that is optional. I just looked at my local trailer dealer brochure and it said they have 5'x8' landscape trailer with a capacity of #2000. You would be fine without the brakes. But what are you pulling it with?

    Look up Northern Tools. They have tons of trailer parts and accessories.
  7. CT18fireman

    CT18fireman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 611

    You don't need it, but why not? What you save are the brakes on your truck. Plus if you ever have it loaded down it will be much safer.

    I run brakes on everything I tow. The boat trailer was a real pain until I converted it to electric over hydraulic. Much better then the old master cylinder/coupler.
  8. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    I was told trailer and load weighing over 3500 had to have brakes.My trailer weighs 1500,2w/bs -1100,2 21s-220,everything else 200,=3000.My f350 dually has no problem stoppin that,but a lighter truck would.;)
  9. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    I have a 6x12 open trailer with a gvwr of 2900# (probably max gvw without reguired brakes). Anyways, I tow the trailer with a 3/4 ton and it brakes fine, although brakes on the trailer might be nice in case of an emergency stop and maybe extend the life of the brakes on the truck.

    So, how much would it cost to put brakes on a single axle trailer? Would the whole axle have to be replaced?
  10. mikesjumpingin

    mikesjumpingin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    I was quoted approx. 200 to have the brakes put on.

    I'm towing with a 94 Grand Cherokee 6 cyl.

    Every dollar counts for my start-up budget, maybe I'll try it without at first, and put them on later in the season if I think I need them.

    Eventually, I would like them on, it seems to make sense.


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