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Old 02-13-2016, 02:33 PM   #1
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Brake requirements for Provinces and States

I am researching information on different braking systems available for my Jeep liberty. I have it nailed down to a couple.

What I have noticed is a great discrepancy between manufactures as to what the requirements are per different states and provinces.
Anybody have a link that has correct towing info?

There is one company out there that is saying a particular Province in Canada requires brakes 2000 lbs under what is actually required by law in that province.
From what I can gather. British Columbia has 4000 lb limit where over that you require brakes.
Alberta Has 2000 lb limit.
It sure don't make sense to me that the province with the mountains or at least the most hills would have more relaxed laws that the province with more prairie.
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To be safe all around North America, anything above 1000 lbs requires a braking system.
Here are some inormation on it : Towing Laws | BrakeBuddy - Braking systems for motorhomes towing a vehicle
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To be safe all around North America, anything above 1000 lbs requires a braking system.
Here are some inormation on it : Towing Laws | BrakeBuddy - Braking systems for motorhomes towing a vehicle
Yes I have seen that. I don't agree with your 1000 lbs because there were tent trailers manufactured that are single axle with no brakes.

However I do agree with your conservative approach to brake systems. I would not tow a toad without one.
Last summer I was on a mission to find out what others were using for Aux brakes.
I spoke with 5 people in five different parks and found that there were none using Aux brakes. Scary to say the least, not to mention illegal.
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Yes I have seen that. I don't agree with your 1000 lbs...
If you properly read the attachment, the states of New York and North Carolina require brakes on a 1000 lbs toad my friend !
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If you properly read the attachment, the states of New York and North Carolina require brakes on a 1000 lbs toad my friend !
Well my Friend
In response to your reply a toad is a toad.
What I was referring to was utility trailers that are single axle with no brakes. Ie cargo trailers of the smaller design.
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V-Nose Single Axle Sharp Series Cargo Trailer | Sharp Manufacturing, LLC
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Well I live in Oregon and all I need to do is be able to stop BUT I'm installing the Air Force One and Roadmaster BlackHawk 2 All-Terrain 10,000lb Tow Bar.
Better safe than sorry.
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Here's my humble opinion. Of all the things you may chose to do or not do, a braking system for your toad is a no brainer. Which you chose is irrevalant cause everyone sings the praises of the one they own.
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The question that should be asked is, "What is required to tow safely?", not "What does the law require?"

A proper braking system with emergency braking in case of a toad come loose should be required on all toads regardless of their weight and your location. The lives of our families and fellow motorists depend upon it.
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Your are looking for braking systems for your Jeep Liberty and end up concerned about brake requirements on utility trailers

Use a brake system on your toad then you don't have to worry about whether or not one is required and you will be safer towing it.


As for the 'other' why get ruffled over what is needed/should be used unless you are going to be towing something other than the Jeep Liberty.

If so.........they usually come with brakes as required.
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