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Old 10-09-2009, 08:34 AM   #15
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The problem is liability. You may never get fined for not having toad braking, but if there's an accident, lawyers will pounce all over you. Your excuse or argument will be laughed out of court.

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Old 10-09-2009, 08:44 AM   #16
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The speed limit is 65MPH there are a lot of people that will tell you they drive 75MPH all the time and have never had a problem. In a lot of states and common sence tells you that you should have toad brakes but a lot of people tell you they don't and don't have any problems. What would you prefer having brakes and knowing you are legal and can stop in a shorter distance in an emergancy or not having brakes and being consurned about getting a ticket at a roadside saftey check or even worse not being able to stop in time.

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Old 10-09-2009, 09:55 AM   #17
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Does anyone recall what year toad brakes were introduced into the market place? Just curious.
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:13 AM   #18
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people tow boats/large boats without trailer brakes and i've never heard of any being fined even though most state laws say anything over 1,000 lbs.????? i understand why someone would want the brakes and why some misght not. just my thought..

I, on the other hand, HAVE heard of cases where people have been fined for not having proper trailer brakes.

But then... For 25 years I got paid to tell cops where to go.. No I get paid because I used to tell cops where to go.

And when the L.E.O. wrote a ticket under a seldom used section of law, He'd ask me to ask the Sgt. for chapter and verse so he could include that on the ticket (Section and subsection if you want to know what chapter and verse mean)
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Old 10-09-2009, 10:43 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by wa8yxm View Post
....For 25 years I got paid to tell cops where to go.. No I get paid because I used to tell cops where to go.


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Old 10-09-2009, 12:06 PM   #20
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I don't expect to change anyone's mind or opinion. I only have 40,000 miles experience with my auxiliary brake with break-away feature. I've only seen one break-away during those miles (not mine) and it was on a rough section of the Alcan. However, we have had 5 times, you tend not to forget these....,where a sudden stop was significantly shortened when the auxiliary kicked in. The tug is definite and the added de-acceleration unmistakable. I am sure three of them would have been serious accidents without the brake. I don't believe there is a legal defense when you rear-end another vehicle, no matter who caused the accident.
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Old 10-09-2009, 04:40 PM   #21
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Well, I have less than 20,000 miles on my motor home and I've had a break-a-way.. Thankfully the safety systems worked (Cables held) and I'm still driving that towed,, on those occasions when I drive a car.
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Old 10-09-2009, 06:02 PM   #22
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If for no other reason, toad braking systems should always be used for the breakaway feature. I think we have all heard of horrific accidents involving runaway trailers or toads. We shouldn't need any laws or fears of lawsuits to force us to do what is right.
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Story goes, (This story is around 20 years old) that a trucker was following a poke-a-long-us on the Ohio Turnpike.. Tried several times to pass, finally got past him.. Well, the tries went like this

The driver would drop back so as to get some room to build up a "head of steam" as it were, and when there was a break in traffic he'd put the pedal to the metal and pick up speed,,, Then just as he got to the point of changing lanes to pass there would be traffic and he'd have to drop back again.

Finally he got past

Pokey turned out to be a lawyer who then went before a judge and said things like:

"He was waving that big rig around back there like some kind of cannon"

Got half a million for "Reckless Endangerment"

ANd at no time was there ever any threat, or any danger.

Now.. Think about this if you rear end me.. I surly will.

Studies (US-GEAR will provide you with those) have shown that a proper aux brake system can make a serious (Like 30%) difference in stopping distance.. Personally,, I find that a bit excessive, but..

If you skid 100 feet, and wind up 3 feet in front of where my towed's back bumper stopped..... then just a 3% decrease would have made all the difference in the world.

Do you want to chance it.
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Originally Posted by LVJ58 View Post
Does anyone recall what year toad brakes were introduced into the market place? Just curious.
Don't have any idea when they were introduced but IMHO they are one of many products conceived and then created a need for. Toad brakes and Tire pressure monitoring systems are convenient and serve a purpose for sure but both were put on the market to make money for some company, not necessarily because of any legal requirement or any moral commitment to safety.

Now wa8yxm, before you threaten me with a lawsuit if I rear-end you, please know that I utilize both products. However, I also still believe it is a personal decision on usage.
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:02 PM   #26
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Contrary to what the manufacturer of toad brakes and sellers tell you, not many states require brakes on toads. The ones who need brakes on toads are those people who pass me up at high speeds, 70 and above when i am travelling at 63 mph on the interstates. The whole thing is, be aware of your following distance. And as for the argument about your toad breaking loose, you should have strong safety cables. I have been towing a toad for 15 years and i have not had any instances where having brakes would have made a difference. The problem is the idiot that is travelling on the interstate and does not know where he is going, slowing down instead of merging, applying brakes suddenly.

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