aren't just for stopping. They help keep your trailer a "trailer," instead of a "leader." You don't want the tail wagging this dog, ever.
With terryjeffers, with all due respect, yours is the most daring tug & tow combo I've read about here in a long, long while. And I say that as one who tows a 16-footer with a Forester- but I'm (just) within my tow rating and using brakes
. I'm surprised, actually, at how seldom I'm using those brakes
, even descending mountain passes. My engine and manual transmission are my primary braking system, as you know. But when I need to stop NOW, I want the best braking system I can get (you do have rear-wheel disc brakes, don't you?). And just 100 lbs tongue weight
for a 1500 lb trailer? My, my... when I go below 150 on my 1900-lb. Scamp
, the back of the car bobs like a slow boat in following waves.
At least you keep it under 55 mph, but that's a hazard all its own. Good luck out there.