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Old 05-08-2013, 02:38 PM   #15
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Yes you do need it for a lot of reasons.

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Old 05-20-2013, 08:37 AM   #16
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This thread explains the physics very well.

The Physics of Towed-Vehicle Braking

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Old 05-20-2013, 10:20 AM   #17
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I second the information in The Physics of Towed-Vehicle Braking. Excellent information. Safety must be first consideration. When you need to stop in an emergency you will need the brakes on the towed car to reduce the distance.
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TECHNICALLY...the requirement is based on state laws. MOST states have a performance criteria for a vehicle towing another that says you must be able to demonstrate you can stop withing X feet from X MPHs. Some states do required brake systems based on weight of towed vehicle. You are bound to follow the laws of the state you are in, not the state of registry.

All that is fine and dandy but...

WHY NOT? I don't care if it only allows you to stop 10' shorter than without aux brakes...that could be the 10' that stops an insurance claim or worse.

Also...IMHO...a aux brake system is actually good for your car's front end alignment.
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I second the information in The Physics of Towed-Vehicle Braking. Excellent information. Safety must be first consideration. When you need to stop in an emergency you will need the brakes on the towed car to reduce the distance.
Please read the link in the quote. If after you read the link and you decide to drive without a supplemental breaking system, please lets us all know what roads your driving so we can choose another route.
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