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Old 10-09-2016, 09:35 AM   #43
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Summary of state rules re trailer brakes:

Trailer Brakes - AAA Digest of Motor Laws

Now is that just for local registration, or do the rules apply to trailers from other states passing through?


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Old 10-09-2016, 11:22 AM   #44
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Summary of state rules re trailer brakes:

Trailer Brakes - AAA Digest of Motor Laws

Now is that just for local registration, or do the rules apply to trailers from other states passing through?


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Not sure on specifics but...Generally speaking the requirements of the state of registration are honored by other states.Foreign travel may be one of the exceptions.
Lets hear from all those on this forum who have been ticketed out of state for equipment violations which would be legal in their state of registration?
(no urban legends please)
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Old 10-09-2016, 12:31 PM   #45
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Not sure on specifics but...Generally speaking the requirements of the state of registration are honored by other states.Foreign travel may be one of the exceptions.
Lets hear from all those on this forum who have been ticketed out of state for equipment violations which would be legal in their state of registration?
(no urban legends please)
From the US Department of Transport "If you plan to travel in another state, don't forget to check its requirements also. For example, surge brakes may not be legal in some jurisdictions."

This would suggest that some states do not like folks to not follow all their rules when traveling through from another state.

I have noted that a number of the large towing websites also suggest that you check the requirements of the states you are passing through which would seem to support the fact that some states do not play well together when it comes to laws.

You might have to read through a lot of fine print to figure out what states are open to folks passing though without having the correct equipment on their trailers.

Whether or not you will ever get fined while passing through or not, is another matter all together. Suspect it may be like a lot of stuff .... you will not find out the answer until its to late. In the case of a trailer you will probable find out if you have an out of state/province accident.
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From the US Department of Transport "If you plan to travel in another state, don't forget to check its requirements also. For example, surge brakes may not be legal in some jurisdictions."

This would suggest that some states do not like folks to not follow all their rules when traveling through from another state.

I have noted that a number of the large towing websites also suggest that you check the requirements of the states you are passing through which would seem to support the fact that some states do not play well together when it comes to laws.

You might have to read through a lot of fine print to figure out what states are open to folks passing though without having the correct equipment on their trailers.

Whether or not you will ever get fined while passing through or not, is another matter all together. Suspect it may be like a lot of stuff .... you will not find out the answer until its to late. In the case of a trailer you will probable find out if you have an out of state/province accident.
So... Not you then? Good news!
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Old 10-09-2016, 05:33 PM   #49
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I have a Scamp 13 and live in California. If you have a commonly appointed Scamp 13 as opposed to a completely stripped model you need brakes to be legal in California. On top of that we have high moutain roads and passes throughout the state. It would be wise to have functional working brakes running down hill. In addition should the trailer end up not properly loaded and your trailer starts a sway condition you can manually apply just the trailer brakes to stop the sway and keep the trailer under control until you can slow down to a stop. Far better to have extra braking power than to be pitched into an accident.
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It would be wise to have functional working brakes.
That is my point... It is better to be wise than merely compliant.
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Old 10-11-2016, 03:25 PM   #51
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YUP, get the trailer brakes. For all the many reasons you've read above, AND: How could you ever consider trailering without being able to go legally into California? Even if you never go there, you don't want to close that window. It's an amazing state, love it or hate it, it's still amazing from North to South, and East to West.


Never heard of trailer brakes being either difficult or dangerous unless you go back to Clinton Twiss's book from the 40s, The Long, Long Trailer. also the movie of the same name from the 50s? We just watched it again, and from that era, I have only one thing to say (which doesn't apply any more, "they" fixed it decades ago, and thank goodness for that!):


TRAILER BRAKES FIRST!


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