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Old 04-18-2013, 09:09 PM   #1
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tow brake or not

when you are towing all 4 wheels down, do you need a braking system in the toad? when we towed 10 years ago with our blue ox we didn't. now fast forward 10yrs, has the laws change?

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Old 04-18-2013, 09:39 PM   #2
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In many states anything over 1500-2000 lbs require brakes. Many states require break-a-way emergency brakes also. The law of physics is in effect in all 50 states. I wouldn't hook up my 3800 lb car without a way to stop it.


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Old 04-18-2013, 09:47 PM   #3
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Added safety Yes, The laws look here.

Toad Brake Requirements
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Old 04-18-2013, 09:48 PM   #4
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Yes. Law or no law. Do it because it is the safe thing to do to protect your family, the families behind you, etc..
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Welcome to IRV2 . Good advice so far. Cliff

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Old 04-19-2013, 06:20 AM   #6
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Don't forget a breakaway kit!
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Yes. Law or no law. Do it because it is the safe thing to do to protect your family, the families behind you, etc..
X2 I would delay a trip until repairs made if the brake system for our towd was not working. Towd brake systems are reliable, easy to use, and, when amortized over their life, cost effective. I have a hard time understanding why someone would choose not to use one. But that is just me.
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Necessary? Absolutely! I would not tow without one!

I would recommend the ReadyBrake for NSA RV Products. It is simple, effective, and the least expensive braking system I could find.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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