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Old 09-29-2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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brakes necessary for 1300?

Just bought trillium 1300, year approx. 1981. Do I need to hook up brakes to be controlled via car?

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Old 09-29-2013, 06:30 PM   #2
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Hi Mark, to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here

There are lots of kind and helpful people here on the forums, I'm sure some will be along shortly.

I'll give you the short answer..

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Old 09-29-2013, 07:17 PM   #3
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I have a 13' and I hooked up the brakes and have been glad I did. I don't need them for every stop, but there have been several times where I was very thankful for them.
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:00 PM   #4
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The need for trailer brakes depends on the tow vehicle; however, they wouldn't hurt with any tow vehicle.

Mark, what does your car's owners manual say?
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:42 AM   #5
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Do you have the flanges to mount breaks to? If not then a new axle is probably your best bet.
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Old 10-01-2013, 10:53 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by scanlanm View Post
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.
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:16 AM   #7
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I lost brakes on a 2,000# trailer behind my 1/2 ton pickup, and it was obvious. I shake my head when people say their car is fine without them, towing these campers.

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