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Old 02-09-2015, 06:49 PM   #1
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Do you need brakes on a Master Tow Dolly?

I am looking at a Master Tow Tow Dolly, and I just wonder if you need brakes on the dolly if you are only pulling a VW Jetta? Isnt the 34 ft RV big and strong enough to do all the braking?

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Old 02-09-2015, 07:10 PM   #2
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Legally, it depends on where you are driving, however I recommend having brakes for safety even though it "may" not be illegal where you plan to drive. Most (many perhaps) jurisdictions it is the law based on weight or stopping distances. Just not a good idea not to have working Toad/Dolly brakes with loads exceeding 3000lbs,
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:29 PM   #3
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Teresa you posted this twice. My quick answer is yes. Perhaps not legally in some jurisdictions but yes to most and for safety - yes indeed. That package will exceed 3000lbs. (Dolly + curb wt of ~2850lbs for a Jeta). Strongly recommend you have brakes.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:32 PM   #4
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Legally, it depends on where you are driving, however I recommend having brakes for safety even though it "may" not be illegal where you plan to drive. Most (many perhaps) jurisdictions it is the law based on weight or stopping distances. Just not a good idea not to have working Toad/Dolly brakes with loads exceeding 3000lbs,
X2 Etrailer has an article on what is needed to put brakes on a tow dolly. Here is the linkWhat is Needed To Install Electric Brakes On A Master Tow Dolly That Doesnt Have Brakes | etrailer.com
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Yes, you sure do. ( in my humble opinion)

Since you are pulling a car, YES, you need brakes. Master Tow makes a surge brake unit that works great. (no need for the electric brake type, if that is your concern)
Sure, you might get by without brakes, but that is NOT good safety sense. Ask yourself why you would take a chance. Please be smart and be safe. What if you had to make a quick stop while going down a hill?
How much money will you save by not getting a dolly without brakes? Is it worth it?

Some states say that if you are pulling more than 1,000 lbs., you must have brakes.
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Since the law depends on what state you're in and you have to be legal in that state then the answer is yes, you need brakes unless you're going to detour around those states! Besides I want to be as safe as possible.
There was a fatal wreck where a man and his wife were trying to make an emergency stop. At the last instant the driver cut the wheel left but not soon enough and his wife was killed. An analysis afterwards showed that if the towed had had brakes he would have stopped about 1' short to the truck ahead.
Cost of a brakes system is worth it to me.
We're about to buy a used CC Magne, has disk brakes all around and I wouldn't be over the GVWR even, but I'll still keep the BrakeMaster unit and use it.
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I to have a Mastertow Dolly that has elect.brakes and I wouldn't want to tow without brakes.JMHO.Be safe and Happy travels.
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I to have a Mastertow Dolly that has elect.brakes and I wouldn't want to tow without brakes.JMHO.Be safe and Happy travels.

I have the ACME with surge brakes and agree wholeheartedly. The brakes work hard on the dolly and I can't imagine not having them nor would I tow a dolly without them.
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Isnt the 34 ft RV big and strong enough to do all the braking?
If you look/read in the manual for that RV. You will find the manufacture recommends that anything towed usually over 1,000 lb should have brakes.
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Brakes on the dolly are needed if you are planning on putting a vehicle on it. Not sure what chassis you have on your motorhome, but most times you will find you are running close to the maximum weight rating of the chassis. This is what the chassis manufacture builds the braking system for. The gross rating while towing is based on auxiliary braking systems being used.


On our chassis it is rated 18,000 lbs. and when weighted it is just over 17,000 lbs. Add on the dolly and the car at approximately 4,000 lbs. and that places us at 21,000 lbs. Below the maximum rating of 23,000 lbs put over the 18,000 lbs. Start coming down long grades or quick stops you will want the extra set of brakes. The brakes on the dolly are far cheaper than new brakes on the coach.
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I went ahead and bought the T77 with Surge breaks, Thanks for the great advice!
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I am looking at a Master Tow Tow Dolly, and I just wonder if you need brakes on the dolly if you are only pulling a VW Jetta? Isnt the 34 ft RV big and strong enough to do all the braking?

Thank You,
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I have a tow dolly with brakes, my thought was , you can't have to many brakes
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