Trailer Brakes

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by The Ripper, Mar 19, 2006.

  1. The Ripper

    The Ripper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    I use 16ft and 20ft open landscape trailers. I am about to buy some new ones and I was wondering what everyone thought about trailer brakes. Are you pro brakes or anti brakes and why?

  2. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    think about the question you just asked, do you want to be safe or not.

    G&S LANDSCAPING LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Get the brakes ,For saftey # 1. And resale value down the road.
  4. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    B efore I had brakes I said it was a big added exspense. In Va. it means that the traailer has to be inspected each year and the cost of having the brakes in good condition. After having them, I would be lost now, it makes it so nice when you step on the peddle and have the added stopping power. When I pull my 12 foot trailer I can tell A BIG difference

  5. bnorton

    bnorton LawnSite Member
    Messages: 141

    I would not have another trailer without brakes. I went through 3 sets of brake pads on my pickup in one year. Then put a brake axle on the trailer, changed the whole picture. My new 20 ft. trailer on order has two brake axles. In my opinion the more the better.
  6. efaubert1

    efaubert1 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 109

    Um, trailer mfg's can get away with SELLING trailers without brakes, but YOU can't legally pull any DUAL axle trailer that has 3500 pound axles on it legally. Dot requires brakes on each wheel for any trailer that has 3500 or better axles.
  7. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    Brakes are a must. Not just from a safety standpoint, they are just really nice to have.
  8. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 767

    Just bought a 5X10 with electric brakes, using a Ranger to pull, LOVE IT! What a relief for Ranger too.

  9. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    this is why you need trailer brakes...
    It _was_ a brand new (at the time) 2004 Infiniti G35 2door coupe with only ~250miles, fresh off the dealer lot that day. It went from compact to sub-compact after I slammed into the back of it with my 1500 and 12' trailer
  10. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 819

    Just met with a DOT rep today, and the rule is, if trailer gross is over 3K, each axle on the ground has to have brakes=each wheel on ground needs a brake. Not only is it required to be legal, it is soooo much easier on the truck to have good brakes on the trailer.

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