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Old 09-17-2006, 05:34 PM   #15
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When I was looking at some state laws about surge brakes, I found that they were often not allowed above certain weight limits -- The laws wanted a trailer brake system that could be indendently controlled by the driver from the cab and common surge brakes don't meet that criteria.
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Old 09-17-2006, 11:04 PM   #16
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Hi; Glad to hear about your trailer. I would sugest you get the brakes installed and wired now. As mentioned earlier they're less expensive now than later. In canda all the rules I'veseen so far say they are not required on trailers under 2000 lbs. but I have read in CAA trip tics that quite a few states require brake on trailers over 1000 lbs. You might want to check this out if you plan any jaunts to the states.
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Old 09-18-2006, 08:55 PM   #17
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There are 2 states the require brakes on ALL trailers....Benny
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Old 09-18-2006, 09:11 PM   #18
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There are 2 states the require brakes on ALL trailers....Benny
Which 2?
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Old 09-18-2006, 09:13 PM   #19
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I'll just add a brief personal experience from last week's jaunt to the Black Hills. I towed the 3,000 lb Bigfoot with the 7,000 lb Excursion. It's rated to tow 10,000 lbs. I didn't have the brake controller adjusted properly for that trailer. I got near an intersection just in time for the light to turn yellow. I stood on the brakes. The trailer pushed me halfway into the intersection before I got stopped. I had to back up about a car length and a half to get out of the way of traffic.

I got the controller adjusted properly muy pronto.

Trailers without brakes can be a problem.

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Old 09-18-2006, 09:52 PM   #20
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and I had an opposite result on Sunday.

My controller was adjusted properly. I was going downhill on a mountain road at about 35 mph. A Coyote thought that jumping out in front of my car would be fun, so I slammed the brakes as well. My whole rig stopped short of the coyote, no skid, no pushing, no sway, no loss of control. As a matter of fact, I didn't even feel the trailer.

I shudder to think how much fur and teeth I would be pulling out of my radiator if I didn't have brakes on the trailer.

(I am not fond of Coyotes, but I don't think they make good target practice either)
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Old 09-19-2006, 10:30 AM   #21
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In California, Idaho and New Hampshire require brakes on 1500 pound trailers. In North Carolina the limit is 1000 pounds. Some provinces have laws that would seem to require trailer brakes on trailers as small as your 13' Scamp.
Here is the link to state and provincial laws: http://www.roadmasterinc.com/laws.htm
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Old 09-19-2006, 03:22 PM   #22
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North Dakota and Kansas both require brakes as auxiliary equipment....... also on Craig`s link post.....Suppose if you`re from out of state and passing thru you may be okay......but if you have an accident or get checked by a snarly trooper...well, draw your own conclusion.... ...Benny
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Old 09-20-2006, 08:36 AM   #23
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Trailer brakes are one of those dem dar no-brainers.
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Old 11-01-2006, 06:21 PM   #24
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Dave, I have a 2002 13 ft. Scamp with brakes. Tow vehicle is a Honda CR-V, 4 cylinder, with the Honda factory hitch. I recommend brakes on the trailer, especially if you do any towing in mountains. Now is the time to change your order!!
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Old 11-01-2006, 10:07 PM   #25
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Brakes or no brakes? I won't comment. There are many factors to consider for any given scenario. What I do think is interesting though, is how many seemingly expert sources of information you can find on so many subjects, and especially on the internet. I found another website showing info that does not agree well with the other one previously mentioned here.
http://www.rockettrailers.com/TrailerBrakeLaws.htm
I don't know who is right or wrong, I guess the only way to know for sure would be to check out each state yourself.
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Old 11-02-2006, 01:19 PM   #26
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Most jurisdictions seem to accept vehicles from other places, as long as they meet the standards of their home jurisdiction. My approach is to consider the handy collected lists as guides only to general trends, and to check the rules in my province (only) from an authoritative source. In the last few years, laws which previously required a library visit and much reading are now available in searchable websites.
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Old 11-02-2006, 04:20 PM   #27
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I went to the Roadmaster inc sight , lots of information there, spells it out , . across the
usa @ canada ,every state /province is different, goes from mantatory on all trailers in
some states to not required in others.
Taking all the advice here i have told scamp to add the brakes ,at $275 thats cheap, as to
adding them later,and knowing it was done right . Should any states /provinces in the
future change there regs to mandatory on all trailers it will save the head ache of adding them.----- dave
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HI Garret H You say you are using a CR-V 4 cylinder for your tow vehicle and in the mountains. Is that enough power ?? The reason i ask is i am looking for a tow vehicle and with gas prices now ,woud like something thats cheaper on gas and i can use for every day driving ,then not need 2 vehicles and more insurance----dave
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