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Old 03-06-2016, 08:18 AM   #1
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Auxiliary Brakes

Do I need auxiliary breaks on my tow vehicle to travel out west from Florida to California? I have a 38' motorhome.
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In a word yes, you do need brakes (breaks) on your towed vehicle . Does the law require it? Who cares,since it is safety that should be our priority.
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Some states do not require aux. brakes for a toad. But if you travel through a state where it is required, you will not be grand fathered you must have them.

Besides if you look at the chart, a vehicle with aux. brakes will stop faster, than a rig without it. Sometimes that could be the difference between avoiding and having an accident.

Best of luck and Happy Trails!!!
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Yes. Most states require brakes on towed vehicles based on varied (Google 'em) weight limits. Most cars clearly exceed these weight limits by 1000 lbs. or more. We tow a 2300 lb. Saturn Vue with our DP (air brakes) and supplemental braking on the toad (BrakeBuddy) makes a vary noticeable difference on a hard stop! I learned this when failing to fully plug-in the 12v power supply. Enjoy your trip!
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Absolutely agree with all the above. When you get hit with a quick red light, start done a 4 mile 6% grade or some not so attentive driver takes "your safety space" and you hit your on brakes, you'll be incredibly glad to feel the toad taking care of itself. IMO even if legal without - you and your passenger safety is most important without option.
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if you look at the chart, a vehicle with aux. brakes will stop faster, than a rig without it.
Sometimes that could be the difference between avoiding and having an accident.
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True

However it's also true that if you travel at 45 MPH your coach will stop faster than if you drive at 60 MPH.... (but I have never seen anyone recommend traveling at 45 MPH).

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However it's also true that if you travel at 45 MPH your coach will stop faster than if you drive at 60 MPH.... (but I have never seen anyone recommend traveling at 45 MPH).

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I recommend traveling 45 mph, that way I can pass people while I do 55.
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If you don't have them and get in an accident the other lawyer will have fun.
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Do I need auxiliary breaks on my tow vehicle to travel out west from Florida to California? I have a 38' motorhome.

What are you towing and how are you towing it?

If you are towing it on a dolly that is equipped with a braking system, maybe not...
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anything without preinstalled brakes.
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I recommend traveling 45 mph, that way I can pass people while I do 55.
So you'll be the second one there!
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In my younger years I didn't feel a need for the tow car brakes but I have changed and don't tow without them so my 2 cents work it have them.
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If you don't have auxiliary BRAKES you might end up BREAKING something.
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