Brakes are probably the MOST important item on any trailer!
Pulling a trailer is easy and most any 4 cylinder car can pull a trailer. Stopping is a completely different issue.
With any fiberglass trailer you are adding anywhere from 1,000#'s to 2,500#'s of additional weight
pushing the tow vehicle with brakes on that tow vehicle that were designed for stopping the vehicle itself and "maybe" not much else. Yes there is a safety factor built into a brake system by the OEM manufacturer of your vehcile and that also depends upon your upkeep and maintainence of your tow vehicle brakes. Most any vehicle has some type of towing capacity listed. Have you ever seen a STOPPING capacity specification listed anywhere for any vehicle? No you have not since that is not listed by the vehicle manufacturer.
If you have trailer brakes on your rig use them! If your brakes do not work repair them. If you need a controller buy one. As much as you may be worried about your safety I am far more worried about my safety and making sure that your do not run into the back of my vehicle somewhere at sometime because you could not stop your vehicle and trailer.
It's the responsible thing to do!
I know this is my first post however lack of working trailer brakes is real issue with inexperienced or weekend trailer tower's. Having pulled many trailers hundreds of thousands of miles many of the trailer accidents I have seen on the road are recreational RV tower's without trailer brakes such as boat trailers, small RV trailers and big RV trailers wrecked that may or may not have had working trailer brakes.
You can buy and install NEW trailer brake assemblies and a trailer emergency breakaway kit on most any trailer that has mounting flanges for brake assembly backing plates for $250 per axle
or less. That's a small price to pay for your and my safety.
As much fun as camping can be you have first arrive SAFELY at your camping destination!