Trailer brakes?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by WillMowForBeer, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. WillMowForBeer

    WillMowForBeer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    Does anybody know (especially N.C.) if you have to have trailer brakes installed on a 6x12 enclosed trailer. I couldnt find any DOT req. online.
  2. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    No, it's not for that size
  3. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,413

    no ,you prob only have a 5000 lb axle weight anyway .
  4. Palmer'sLS

    Palmer'sLS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 535

    depends in virginia if its a single axle or a tandem. tandem must have them installed, hope this helps
  5. Mike's Lawn & Snow

    Mike's Lawn & Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 362

    I think only Tandem axles have to have them but they are always good because it saves the wear and tear on your truck's brake system. Just a thought:waving:

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    We run a 6x12 enclosed with a 3500# axle we installed the brakes made a world of difference.
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,369

    Try stopping on wet pavement after a rain starts and you will quickly realize you need brakes on all trailers. Our two wheel trailer pushed our F250 right into an intersection one day.
  8. kingofbling

    kingofbling LawnSite Member
    from dallas
    Messages: 64

    If you go from 30mph to 0 in seconds sure its going to happen. Otherwise it wont. I talked to a trailer specialist and they recommend only having brakes when the trailer starts to weigh the same as a car.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    If i ran a trailer as small as 4x8 it would have brakes.
  10. PMLAWN

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Check into what you are pulling it with. Most trucks have a figure that you must be under or breaks are needed. Other than that I think it is 4000# that you can go up to.

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