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Old 12-03-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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Tow vehicle

I realize it is safer to have a "brake buddy" system on the tow vehicle, BUT is it a must or can you tow without the "brake buddy"

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Old 12-03-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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It could depend upon how much liability you wish to accept IF something goes wrong. Some states do require a braking system on towed vehicles if over certain weights.

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Old 12-03-2013, 11:57 AM   #3
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As Joe said, I believe that some states require a braking system for the toad. Regardless, I personally would never tow a vehicle without one.

I use the ReadyBrute Elite towbars with built-in ReadyBrake. It is an extremely well-built product and is hundreds less than most others out there.

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I towed a large jeep CJ-7 behind a winnabago lesharo for years....
sometimes I thought the jeep was heavier than the winny ! But I did stay in the south where it's 90 % flat except for a trip to Tenn and Colorado once...

I did have GOOD hitching system though !!! but no braking system...
you will find that a braking system will extend the life of your tow vehicles brake system in that it is sharing the load...
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:59 PM   #5
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Most prefer to stop in a shorter distance and have better control in a panic stop.

Many threads like this:

Need aux brakes on Toad with 29 foot Class C?

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As an experienced technician I have installed MANY towbrake systems from a few companies I have read many guides on tow vehicle brake requirements.Most States and Canada require tow brakes on vehicles over 1,800 #'s, in my experience an air-cooled beetle barely qualifies.Most insurance won't cover you if you don't have one and are in an accident.It can mean the difference between a close call and an accident.I know people are towing without them without a problem, that doesn't make it right. Just sayin.
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You can do anything that you want to do. But there are things that you should not do. Even if the state where you reside does not require brakes on your dinghy, some states will and you abide by their rules if you drive on their highway system.

One law not mentioned here is the Laws of Physics. It takes more braking force and more braking surface to stop more weight.


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