Originally Posted by scanlanm
Just bought trillium
1300, year approx. 1981. Do I need to hook up brakes to be controlled via car?
Your question implies that there are brakes installed on the trailer, is that correct?
If so check the laws of the states you plan on visiting, Oregon requires that if brakes are installed on the trailer they must be connected and working.
If there is no brakes you might be able to get by without them. I would highly recommend installing brakes if possible.
Here's a bit of my experience. Last March I was coming through Las Vegas on a freeway when I came around a corner the traffic was stopped. I had jam on the brakes as hard as possible to stop before hitting the last in line stopped car. I glanced in the mirror as I slammed on the brakes and the trailer was starting to come swing out. It took a fraction of a second for brakes to catch on the trailer so the time looked it was safe and sound behind me. I'm sure without brakes the outcome would have been a lot different.