Originally Posted by P. Raz
I suppose you could list it on eBay to find out?
Please don't I think I know people who might bid on it, and an item offered is a contractual obligation to provide the item as described. Ewwwh
If you find the axle
needs to be replaced getting it with brakes
just makes sense, not a huge additional cost. If nothing else even without brakes order with the mounting plate that allows brakes to be added later. The mounting plate cannot be added later if not on originally. Pretty sure welding it on would fry the rubber suspension inside the axle
With say a small SUV or many other vehicles one can tow a 13 ft. safely without brakes provided one uses care and is knowledgeable about good towing set up, or willing to learn. However with the lite weight
a 13 ft. is more likely than a big camper to be pulled by something small enough that it has to struggle to stop the camper (reason for the > 50% weight
of tow vehicle in the regulations mentioned).
Brakes are a resale selling point. One that provides you an extra measure of safety while you own it in hard stopping or downhill stopping situations in particular. Or sway condition. Properly adjusted a progressive brake controller can make the trailer "part of the car" to the extent that driving is a whole lot more comfortable.
So value up front, value on resale, increased safety, more comfortable towing. I think they call that a win-win x 2 for having brakes.
If on the other hand you don't have brakes don't sweat it. There is a reason many small trailers don't have brakes by default. You will need to use knowledge, care and vigilance to compensate is all. The heavier your tow vehicle is the less they matter. Full size pickup vs say a Subaru outback the outback driver will miss the brakes more.
Short trips that are reached with routes you are familiar with are a good way to get a feel for the towing experience of this trailer. And since when was a lawn chair in a campground a bad idea no matter how close it is.