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Old 12-14-2007, 06:24 PM   #29
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Old 12-16-2007, 12:37 AM   #30
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We replaced our axle in our boler a couple of years ago and had Reace put the brakes on too.
Glad we did because we know we are over our limit for our car (99 Chev Malibu) and "I" feel safer with the brakes when I am driving.
Our next vehicle will have a higher towing capacity, but still glad we have the brakes.
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:23 PM   #31
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Regardless of how good the brakes on the tow vehicle may be, adding two more braked wheels on the trailer will make them better!

I added brakes to my 91S13, when I was pulling it with an '82 Dodge D150 and it made a lot of difference. I wouldn' t hesitate to do it again.

Here's a source for both electric and hydraulic brake parts:

http://shop.easternmarine.com/index.cfm?fu...;categoryID=309

For those who like the idea of hydraulic trailer brakes but what the control and convenience of electronic brake controls instead of the usual surge activator, here's a solution:

http://shop.easternmarine.com/index.cfm?fu...;categoryID=309
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Old 12-18-2007, 01:26 AM   #32
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Glad to see a discussion about trailer brakes. We have them on our 13' Boler, and am very glad for that. All it takes is a panic stop on a crowded freeway, and it will be apparent that the shorter stopping distance with trailer brakes is a very good thing. Also, in such a situation, the trailer brakes will prevent the trailer from jack-knifeing.

We try to use the back roads on most of our travels (about 30,000 miles in the past three years), but sometimes its unavoidable to travel through big cities. Its rather interesting to travel for miles and miles and see no cars, but as soon as you approach a city, traffic picks up. The more traffic, the more crazies. The more crazies, the more you need better control of your investment.
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Old 12-18-2007, 10:44 PM   #33
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Didn't have brakes on the Boler when I got it but replaced the axle with one with brakes. It was a good thing.
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Old 12-19-2007, 04:59 AM   #34
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My 80 Boler does not have brakes....after 6 years of delivering fire-wood with a trailer loaded with 4000 lb, W/No brakes, I feel safe enough with my driving style that I will not cause the accident.
It may be the other guy coming straight toward me that will get me, but not much I can do about that.
I have a Blazer with good brakes and a large tow PKG.
As far as rated for the 2000 lb loaded weight...I do not know.
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Old 12-19-2007, 02:19 PM   #35
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Hi Gerry, out of curiousity, what is the max trailer weight without brakes limit in the state of Maine? ...Benny
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Old 12-19-2007, 04:51 PM   #36
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No we don't have brakes on our '84 boler. We used a Chrysler minivan in "94-"98 and a Safari van after that. We now use an extended cab Dodge Dakota with a V8 as our tug. I have never felt the need to add brakes with these vehicles and we have towed the trailer in most of our provinces We once had a crank-up that weighed half as much again, and it always felt as if we were being pushed by it, and it had serge brakes. If you drive with the peddle to the metal then you probably do require brakes.
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Old 12-19-2007, 09:29 PM   #37
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My 80 Boler does not have brakes....after 6 years of delivering fire-wood with a trailer loaded with 4000 lb, W/No brakes, I feel safe enough with my driving style that I will not cause the accident.
It may be the other guy coming straight toward me that will get me, but not much I can do about that.
When an animal crosses the road or another driver pulls out in front of you at an intersection, you may not be able to do anything about them, but you [b]can do something about your ability to brake, and avoid or minimize a collision. This has nothing to do with driving style.
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:03 PM   #38
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...what is the max trailer weight without brakes limit in the state of Maine?
According to Maine's Title 29-A: MOTOR VEHICLES, Chapter 17: EQUIPMENT:
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Special mobile equipment or a truck, truck tractor, trailer or semitrailer must be equipped with adequate brakes acting on all wheels of all axles, except that the following need not meet this requirement:
A. A trailer or semitrailer not exceeding a gross weight of 3,000 pounds;
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My comment on this, a very typical state trailer brake requirement, is that the fact that something is not illegal does not mean that it is either safe or prudent.
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Old 12-21-2007, 07:33 AM   #39
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Hey Gerry
I think the guys out west are jellous. "Cause they don't even know what a load of firewood is.

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Old 12-21-2007, 10:11 AM   #40
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Hey, we're not jealous... we know a load of firewood is a pile of stuff burned by people who don't have natural gas service to every rural property, like we do out here! Now, if that was a reference to a lack of trees, I should point out that my property is almost entirely covered by them.

Around here, most people hauling firewood just pile it in the back of their full-size pickup trucks, but a trailer is good option, too.
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Old 12-27-2007, 05:14 PM   #41
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When we bought our scamp, used, it already had the brakes on it. In fact, the place we got it from would not let us leave with our new purchase until we had the brake hook up thingy installed on our Honda Element. Best money i have ever spent. It's amazing how nicely the element and trailer stop. No swaying no nothing, it's great and they should come as an industry standard on all trailers, not just an option you choose to have or not. Safety first, get the brakes!
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Old 12-30-2007, 04:50 PM   #42
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I tow my Scamp 13'r with a Jeep Wrangler. No brakes, but I am really careful when I drive. The Wrangler has plenty of power (4.0 liter) but not a real heavy rig, so I am always looking for anything that might make for a panic stop. Living here in NW Montana we have deer, elk and bears every where, so the roads can get kinda nasty. If I had brakes I would use them, but I don't have a whole lotta money for them. I just drive careful all the time...
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