Thankyou everyone for the good advice, I have some tough decisions to make now, either fork out the cash for a trailer brake conversion or no trailer for now.
Its hard to believe that a tacoma that's rated for towing 3500 lbs couldn't handle a 1600 lb trailer without trailer brakes. Any other advice is greatly apreciated.
Hi Peter! I bought my 13ft. Burro
when my kids were 4&8 in 89 or 90...When I weighed it, it was 1040, lighter than what your're considering. I never thought I needed brakes, but didn't realize it had them until Cory's brother checked them out when he so wonderfully rejuvenated Burrito! I'd never hooked them up until 2 weeks before the Oregon gathering...Controller plus 6plug harness for my car was only $250.00 at a trucking place here in Lacey! My son hooked Burrito up, & we went 2 blks., over a bump &...... the trailer FELL OFF! We laid a 75 yard strip in the payment from the trailer foot dragging, but the fact I had brakes & had the chains really tight were the only things that saved my car!! Got it back on, & about 20 miles from Bandon, I nearly hit a deer going 50 or 60 at 10p.m. Again, I think the brakes saved us....So....I have now become a believer, tho I probably would not have paid the $800.+ camping world quoted for everything... Hope this gives you some ideas...I've taken the trailer over several mountian passes, but as many people pointed out, it's cheaper to have trailer brakes put on than replace the brakes on the tow, or worse after an accident!
Karen L. (82 13ft. Burro)