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Break Away Brakes

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by FordManKubotaDreamer, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. FordManKubotaDreamer

    FordManKubotaDreamer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I was just curious how many of you have functional break away brakes, and is it mandatory in Ohio. :confused: And yes we do have them on our trailer, just for the record. :weightlifter:
  2. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    Not sure if they are mandatory in your area or not, but I think that it is a very good idea to have them. Most newer trailers with brakes around here have them. I have a setup on my CAM dump trailer. Never hurts to have too much piece of mind!
  3. MysticLandscape

    MysticLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    I have them on my trailer...
  4. qualitylawnmanagement

    qualitylawnmanagement LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    If your hauling a trailer of mowers around why wouldn't you want to have brakes? Now my dads buddy has brakes and a brake away kit on it but his wiring is fried to the brake away kit but he still has brakes other wise he would get rid of the trailer and buy a new one.
  5. G.M.Landscaping

    G.M.Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 939

    For those that have them, check the battery in the box. If it's a couple years old it's probably dead. So even if you had a problem(trailer gets away from truck) they won't work if your trailer has electric brakes if the battery is dead.
  6. Buckeye Lawncare

    Buckeye Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 124

    I just bought a 16' Prostar Trailer yesterday with brakes on both axles. The dealer told me that in the state of Ohio if you don't have the breakaway box hooked up, it is a $75 fine if you get pulled over. My battery box for the trailer brakes has a tester button on it that tests the battery to see if it still good.
  7. tez34

    tez34 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    Wouldn't leave home without them !!
  8. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 774

    Have a break away and it works...just a word of advice...never pull the pin and test with the trailer plugged into the tow vehicle, you can burn up the brake control..I speak from experience!:hammerhead:...I have the push button test light, but was told they sometimes show a charge but the battery may not lock the brakes...so I unplug the trailer...pull the pin.. and make sure the brakes are locked
  9. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    Wait, you are from Wapakoneta, Ohio? Wow, my Mom used to live there, small world!
  10. FordManKubotaDreamer

    FordManKubotaDreamer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    :waving: Yes, I am from Wapakoneta, Ohio. I live in the center of the city. LOL :usflag:

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