Originally Posted by stude
: if you are going to be traveling in the USA most states say anything over 1600#'s have to have a braking system.
We have brake laws in Canada as well and like the US they vary from Province in regards to the trailer weight
. For example in the US & Canada there are many states/provinces where the law is actually 3000lbs.
In Canada I think Alberta is the lowest at requiring them on trailers of 2000lbs or more. MANY 13' Bolers loaded up for camping come in at that weight
or close to it - or at least the ones that have actually been weighed do. ;-)
In BC the OP's province. brakes
are also required on a trailer of 3000lbs or over BUT the law in BC also stats that brakes are required if the loaded trailer weighs more then 50% than the weight
of the licensed weight of the vehicle towing it.
The 50% rule is common to other provinces as well. Some US states set the trailer max weight at no more than 40% of the tow vehicles GVW.
Brakes are always a good thing and if put a new axle on an old trailer that did not have brakes the add'n cost of adding on brakes is well worth it. Replacing trailer brakes is way cheaper than replacing vehicle brakes.