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Old 02-08-2012, 07:40 PM   #1
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13ft don't require brakes?

Hello all, I've been workng at learning all this info since 4am, but may go look at a trailer tomorrow so I'll ask a question that i could research if i had more time. Started trying to learn brakes, and read right off they might not be necessary? That would be one less thing to worry about right now. could put them on later? thanks
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:48 PM   #2
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The smaller the tow vehicle the more you need brakes on the trailer. Most you can add brakes to later, depending on the spindle bracket.
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Hello all, I've been workng at learning all this info since 4am, but may go look at a trailer tomorrow so I'll ask a question that i could research if i had more time. Started trying to learn brakes, and read right off they might not be necessary? That would be one less thing to worry about right now. could put them on later? thanks
I believe it would totally depend on your Tow Vehicle's specs and the State you are in (or travelling through).

In my case my Tow Vehicle can tow up to 2000 lbs without trailer brakes and 3300 with them.

What does the owner's manual for your TV state?

It's true that brakes can be added. Easy if the axle has the brake flanges already there, more costly otherwise.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:12 AM   #4
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I want brakes for sure, it makes sense to have them, was happy to see i might be able to get away w/o for short time. I'm writing this down "spindle brackets".

I quess as far as state requlations, I will also need them. Currently a resident of new mexico, staying in New Orleans, then going to Florida, then to Traverse City Michigan where I grew up and my family are.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:34 AM   #5
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I don't like having to ask what is probably ignorant questions asked a thousand times but... there are brakes on the trailer, my dad towed a pop up camper with the suburu outback 3.0 2004 so there is a trailer hitch, there is wiring in the back of the suburu. Could I get lucky and have the hitch and trailer fit, hook up the lights and go, to the closest suburu dealer? I will go read the past posts on this subject.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:47 AM   #6
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ok I'm reading past posts and can see already this is a controversal issue.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:18 AM   #7
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To get "lucky" there would be a brake controller already in the car?
That is something you would clearly see,is there one?

If so then it is possible they would just work once connected and if not it should be simple for any mechanic to determine what you will need.

Towing briefly with no trailer brakes should be fine as long as you are careful and can develop a "feel" for the rig.

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Old 02-09-2012, 06:24 AM   #8
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ok making a little progress No brake controller, thanks Ed. I am reading past posts and now worried about getting ripped off at the dealer. Where would you guys take this set up if you knew nothing?
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If the trailer wiring on the Subaru has a flat connector with 4 wires, then you are NOT wired up to operate brakes on a trailer. Years ago when we left our son in New Mexico for a summer job, I was concerned about who to fix the car if he had any problems. I went into the local auto parts store and asked them who they would recommend. That method worked good. If possible ask that question in more than one place and compare answers, check out who they recommended, ask what they can do and what it will cost. Don't commit to anything until you feel comfortable with that shop. Sometimes the small repair shops are the best for quality work and price.
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When I need to find a new mechanic I go to the Car Talk Mechanics files. This is a simple 3 wire hookup.

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I will do both of these excellant ideas never would have thought of them.
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U-Haul probably installs more hitches than anybody.
When I buy a new vehicle my first stop is U-haul.
I'm on my 5th or 6th U-Haul hitch with no problems at all.
They also have all the electrical adapters required for wiring a vehicle.

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I think the OP has left in favor of a conversion van.
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ok I'm reading past posts and can see already this is a controversal issue.
There should be no controversy on this topic
Its pretty simple:

1) Either your tow vehicle manufacture requires brakes on a trailer over x so many pounds or it doesn't. Check your manual.

2) Your state law or the states you are towing in may or may not require brakes on a trailer over x so many pounds - note most do have set requirements so check your state towing laws.
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