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Old 04-06-2005, 08:10 AM   #1
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Thanks for your responses to my question about 4-down vs. dolly towing of a toad. Now I'm wondering - if I tow my '05 Ford Escape 4-down(weighs about 3200 lbs.), do I need to "brake" it? In other words, set it up to brake when I'm braking in the MH? If it's not necessary, then I'm wondering do any states require it?

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Old 04-06-2005, 08:10 AM   #2
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Thanks for your responses to my question about 4-down vs. dolly towing of a toad. Now I'm wondering - if I tow my '05 Ford Escape 4-down(weighs about 3200 lbs.), do I need to "brake" it? In other words, set it up to brake when I'm braking in the MH? If it's not necessary, then I'm wondering do any states require it?

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Old 04-06-2005, 08:26 AM   #3
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I personally would NOT ignore brakes for the toad regardless of the law. It seems to me that if it stops 6 feet sooner in an emergency, that 6 feet MIGHT be enough to prevent a rear-end accident. Just my Opinion. I use a brakebuddy in my Nissan Frontier.
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Old 04-06-2005, 08:42 AM   #4
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Some chassis manufacturers limit you to 1000 to 1500# towed load limit w/o supplemental brakes. Also some states require brakes on as little as 1500#.

The argument that a towed vehicle is not the same as a trailer in the eyes of the law is a bunch of hooey. If yo have a 3500# dinghy hooked behind the coach, it does not care or know if that 3500# is a trailer with rocks or a car on 4 wheels. All it knows is that you have 3500# pushing you now and it has to stop it.

Look at the $$$ you have tied up in the coach and dinghy. What is another $1000 to do it right?

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No way would I have 3200lbs sitting back there without its own braking system. First of all, somewhere in all your literature on the motorhome, it says that the brakes on the motor home are only designed to stop it's own weight, which is the GVWR. It is not designed to stop the gross combined weight or the GCVWR. Also, I believe most states are around the 1500lb requirement for supplemental braking. And lets not even talk about what legal problems this could possibly cause you if others are injured as a result of no brakes.
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Old 04-06-2005, 03:57 PM   #6
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Hey See The USA,

I used the Brake Buddy System on my 1995 Jeep Wrangler, and now on my 2004 Jeep Wrangler, both weighrd about 3,500 Lbs. I say law or no law I would still use some type of a braking system. I was going to post the state laws from brake buddy site, but it did not come out right on here, so you can go to WWW.BrakeBuddy.Com and check them out for yourself!!
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Assume a 5 year old wanders out in the street in front of your rig. With no toad brakes you run over him by 3 feet. With toad brakes you would have stopped 3 feet before you hit him. You make the call.
I have a relative who ran over a child 40 years ago. He still remembers. You will too.
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SeeTheUSA, just like the others have posted I would never drive my coach with the towed vehicle attached without a supplemental braking system, get in and accident and see how quickly the investigator will ask if the operator had a supplemental braking system on his unit. Ed.S
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