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Old 10-21-2005, 07:22 PM   #1
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On occasion Iwant to tow a 2000 lb trailer with a 2500 lb car on board. Round trip maybe 3000 miles. Trailer has electric brakes but MH would have to be wired to make them work. Has anyone pulled 4800 lbs without suplemental braking? MH is 04 36mdds 400 engine.
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On occasion Iwant to tow a 2000 lb trailer with a 2500 lb car on board. Round trip maybe 3000 miles. Trailer has electric brakes but MH would have to be wired to make them work. Has anyone pulled 4800 lbs without suplemental braking? MH is 04 36mdds 400 engine.
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I do tow my Excursion but with Brake Buddy. You have to follow the regulation of your state. In California, we have to have the supp. brake system for anything over 1,500 lbs. However, my brake buddy works on emergency braking only (adjusted to lower level) because I use my Jake Brake often.

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I would not recommend you do this! You will violate the law in every state I know. If you are involved in an accident and an investigation find you are in violation of the law your insurance could deny your claim.

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An insurance claim can not be denied because you are breaking the law. If it could at fault accidents would all be denied.
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Old 10-22-2005, 02:13 PM   #6
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I tow a 5800# enclosed trailer with a 3000# car inside. The trailer has dual 6000# axles with a GVW of 11,500#. It does have electric brakes and is appropriately wired to the coach that has a 10,000# hitch. Our pusher also has an engine brake and somehow the trailer brakes come on when the engine brake kicks in.

I feel more in control with this set-up than I did previously when flat towing with a Brake Buddy. The trailer seems to follow and track much better, part of which I think is the increased length from the hitch point to the first trailer axle vs. the previous hitch point with Falcon 5250 tow bar to front wheels of toad, Ken,'04 DSDP...
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Tom, the insurance company may not be able to denie a claim, but an individual can sure get a lawer and sue for towing unsafely.

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4500# is too much IMO w/out brakes. You can get the trailer retrofitted @ any good trailer welding outfit, see yellow pages, or get a tow dolly w/brakes already attached. Itsa coupla bucks, but better'n the brain damage from a bad experience.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by EngineerMike:
4500# is too much IMO w/out brakes. You can get the trailer retrofitted @ any good trailer welding outfit, see yellow pages, or get a tow dolly w/brakes already attached. Itsa coupla bucks, but better'n the brain damage from a bad experience. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The trailer already has the brakes, it was a question of hooking them up.


Yes hook up your brakes it will only take about an hour. Most States require brakes ony anything towed over 3000lbs and your over, so hook em up, the life you save may be your own.
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