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Old 04-25-2015, 12:29 PM   #1
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Tow dolly brakes or no?

I have a 1999 Rexhall Rexair. I want to tow my Toyota Camry 2004 model. The weight according to the specifications is 3200 lbs. Do I really need brakes on my tow dolly or not? I know they are desirable but are they really needed? Anybody tow a car about that weight without brakes on your dolly? Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-25-2015, 12:55 PM   #2
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Your state laws will be the major determining factor .
Some states will have a % of tow vehicle weight, others have a max weight without brakes, some require brakes on all towed ; trailers or vehicles.
Some states that you tow through will require brakes , even if you're legal in your home state.
JMHO: Best to have them.
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I would always opt for more braking. Considering the weight of most rigs I'll take all the stopping power I can get.
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Your home state laws don't make any difference. You must be legal in EVERY state you travel through. There is no reciprocity on equipment like there is on drivers licenses and insurance.
Now, will they stop you and check? Probably not but you can't change the laws of physics: Just as more weight requires more HP to accelerate it will take more braking power to stop.
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Old 04-25-2015, 01:00 PM   #5
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Many states base brake laws on towed vehicles, on the weight of the vehicle doing the towing ! not the towed vehicle.
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Normal driving probably ok without them . When you are coming down long grades you will be glad to have them.
If you ever have to make a panic stop you will Really be glad to have them. And that does happen.
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Thanks for the help. I bought a Master Tow WITH surge brakes. You are all right, better safe than sorry. Thanks again.
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Don't know who, or what's right here on tow dolly brakes. Information I got from U-Haul on tow dolly's is that no states require brakes on tow dolly's so the ones they rent don't have brakes. If one or more states did require brakes, U-Haul would have brakes on the tow dolly's they rent because the tow dolly's can go to any state to be used. Went to another U-Haul dealer and got the same response. Possibly some states have a weight limit requiring brakes, but no specific law on the tow dolly's itself


Any one have any solid knowledge, or we just getting everyone's best guess opinions?.
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It's always better to have and not need than to need and not have.
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It's always better to have and not need than to need and not have.
100% right, Best advice in the thread.
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check out the following web sites:

Towing Laws | BrakeBuddy - Braking systems for motorhomes towing a vehicle
Trailer Brakes | AAA/CAA Digest of Motor Laws

But I agree that it's better to have them and not need them, then need them and not have them, whatever the law says!
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Yes - As others have mentioned - Brakes is better than no brakes.

Towing laws aside - the ration of MH to TOAD weights AND the MH chassis weight design capabilities will be the factors.

I have a 14,000 MH and a 2200 lb TOAD with no brakes. I notice the stopping capability difference when I have the TOAD.

Because I'm running a TOAD with no brakes, I'm extra careful to check, double check, the tow bar, hitch, pins, and safety chains, etc to mitigate a break away event. The DW also fully inspects the bar, hitch and chains whenever we connect and also when we do a stop.
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check out the following web sites:

Towing Laws | BrakeBuddy - Braking systems for motorhomes towing a vehicle
Trailer Brakes | AAA/CAA Digest of Motor Laws

But I agree that it's better to have them and not need them, then need them and not have them, whatever the law says!
If this doesn't settle the debate nothing will.
Long overdue.
Thanks for posting the link
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I bought a Master Tow Dolley with out brakes on it (how was I to know that it's illegal?). Why are they selling these things? Now I will have to buy a bunch of stuff from them to be able to use the stupid thing. I may just pass it on to craigslist and start over (except that would make me a turd like Master Tow is. IMHO
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