Do you have brakes on your 13' trailer? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 12-12-2007, 03:13 PM   #1
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I was wondering how many 13 foot trailers have brakes.
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Old 12-12-2007, 03:38 PM   #2
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I was wondering how many 13 foot trailers have brakes.
I never had them hooked up ( no controller)until that one last panic stop. All was ok but scary.
After I hooked them up I wondered why I never did before. Huge difference,very much more secure feeling.
Even had a couple of panic stops and it was no sweat.
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Old 12-12-2007, 05:33 PM   #3
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Brakes on the Play Pac. Had them hooked up after I got it home. I do feel safer with them.
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Old 12-12-2007, 05:49 PM   #4
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I had brakes installed as the very first addition to my egg as well, and am very glad I did.

I would actually be curious to find out, among the No answers, which ones are "No but I intend to have them added" VS "No I don't need them".
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Old 12-12-2007, 05:58 PM   #5
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I had brakes installed as the very first addition to my egg as well, and am very glad I did.

I would actually be curious to find out, among the No answers, which ones are "No but I intend to have them added" VS "No I don't need them".
My '06 Tacoma has strong brakes.
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Old 12-12-2007, 06:09 PM   #6
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NO we don't (as yet) have brakes I DO plan to add them when I install a new axle!!!
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:25 PM   #7
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My first 13' Scamp did not have brakes. I tow with an 05 Toyota Tacoma and never felt the need for brakes. Some one made me an offer I could not refuse and I sold it. I now have another 13' Scamp and it does have brakes which I just redid completely.
I live at about 3500 ft elevation in the Southern Sierras and have been known to camp in the winter.
If I have to chain up and there are no brakes on the trailer I would be in trouble.
If it was not for the snow I would not worry about brakes on my 13' Scamp.
If I were towing with anythiing smaller than my PU, such as a small sedan, I would definitely have brakes on a 13' trailer.

Happy Holidays all!
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Old 12-12-2007, 07:43 PM   #8
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I didn't vote, as I don't have a 13' trailer... but I do think it's an interesting topic. Thanks, Cam.

An interesting variation would be to tie the response to the tow vehicle as well. "I tow a 1500 lb trailer with a 6000 lb truck and don't use trailer brakes" is a very different situation from "I tow a 1500 lb trailer with a 3000 lb car and don't use trailer brakes". I'm not sure how to best do this, and it's too late anyway for the 16 people (as of the time I'm typing this) who have already responded, but it would put the responses in a more useful context.

Another variation would be five choices:
  1. My trailer is over my vehicle's limit for trailer without brakes, and my trailer has brakes
  2. My trailer is over my vehicle's limit for trailer without brakes, and my trailer does not have brakes
  3. My trailer is within my vehicle's limit for trailer without brakes, and my trailer has brakes
  4. My trailer is within my vehicle's limit for trailer without brakes, and my trailer does not have brakes
  5. I don't know what my vehicle's limit is for trailers without brakes
I think that if people answered honestly, the vast majority would have to pick the last one.

My Sienna has a 3500 lb towing limit, but requires trailer brakes for trailers over 1000 lb; that's quite a common set of ratings. My 17' Boler is way over 1000 lb, and (like essentially all trailers of this size) came as standard from the factory with brakes; I use and appreciate the trailer brakes. I realize this is not the size of trailer which Cam is asking about... but even a 13' trailer should have brakes for my tow vehicle, which is not small.
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:11 PM   #9
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I'm not sure how to best do this, and it's too late anyway for the 16 people (as of the time I'm typing this) who have already responded, but it would put the responses in a more useful context.

Another variation would be five choices:
  1. My trailer is over my vehicle's limit for trailer without brakes, and my trailer [b]has brakes
  2. My trailer is over my vehicle's limit for trailer without brakes, and my trailer [b]does not have brakes
  3. My trailer is within my vehicle's limit for trailer without brakes, and my trailer [b]has brakes
  4. My trailer is within my vehicle's limit for trailer without brakes, and my trailer [b]does not have brakes
  5. I don't know what my vehicle's limit is for trailers without brakes
I think that if people answered honestly, the vast majority would have to pick the last one.
In an effort to be more precise; I may add more confusion-
But that's what my signature warns about, so Full Steam Ahead!

My [b]1st trailer was a 13' Compact Jr. that never had brakes, and I know that it still does not have them today. Brian's choice #2 is appropriate for my 1st Tow Vehicle, which was a 1991 Toyota Camry V6LE wagon. I still had the Compact Jr. when I sold the Camry and bought my 2003 Honda Odyssey LX and fully equipped it with a complete "tow package." Brian's choice #4 applies to that configuration.
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:12 PM   #10
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I am an ex 13er, so I voted like I still had it.

Yes, it had brakes. Yes, I drove without them for a bit. Yes, when I finally got them connected..

I ditto "How did I ever do without them?"

World of difference in control on stress.
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:05 PM   #11
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We have flanges on our nonbrake Scamp 13 axle. How much should it cost to add brakes?
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Old 12-12-2007, 09:31 PM   #12
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My 2002 13' Casita Deluxe came with brakes, which I hooked up immediately. I've been glad I had them especially when I towed my trailer last summer through a high Rocky Mountain pass on a very curvy narrow road. The one time I wasn't sure about having them was when one brake locked up at the Oregon Gathering last year. I couldn't even move the trailer with the brake locked up. Thanks to a few good fellows who helped me get moving. Even with that experience I still feel thankful for the brakes. I once towed a bigger trailer with a smaller vehicle in the mountains. This was my first experience towing a trailer. I assure you it was no fun trying to go fast enought to outrun the trailer as it whipped from side to side. It's funny now, but certainly wasn't then. I would not go without trailer brakes now.
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Old 12-13-2007, 12:21 AM   #13
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I bought a 83 Scamp 13' this summer without brakes. I replaced the axle and added brakes.
I do feel safer towing it with my Honda Element.
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Old 12-13-2007, 07:41 AM   #14
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We have flanges on our nonbrake Scamp 13 axle. How much should it cost to add brakes?
Tony and Darlene (mt_horebites)
Tony, your best bet for a valid quote would be to call a dealer that handles axles. Most of the axle manufacturers use Dexter 7" brake sets, and I believe (heavily qualified here) that the price for the parts will be in the $250 range, give or take $50.

Roger

On edit: It appears from a quick google search that the backing plate, magnet, shoes and actuator assemblies run about $60 per side, and the drum and hub assemblies run about $65 per side. That doesn't include wiring to the Bargman connector, or the connector. Prices vary by vendor.
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