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Old 05-19-2013, 09:45 AM   #1
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Towing a small trailer w/22 ft Fleetwood Flair

We are going to be towing a small (8wX10L) aluminum trailer with our Goldwing/sidecar rig with our 22 ft Fleetwood Flair. The total GVR of the loaded trailer should be around 1700 lbs. The trailer we are looking at has no brakes. Our Flair has no electric brake setup.

We are hoping to tow this without brakes. What do ch'all think?
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Heavy danger. , consider the potential for loss $$$$$$.
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I assume that the Goldwing is on the trailer and you're not trying to double tow? And yes, you need brakes.
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We are going to be towing a small (8wX10L) aluminum trailer with our Goldwing/sidecar rig with our 22 ft Fleetwood Flair. The total GVR of the loaded trailer should be around 1700 lbs. The trailer we are looking at has no brakes. Our Flair has no electric brake setup.

We are hoping to tow this without brakes. What do ch'all think?
Brakes!! on any road trailer weighing more than 1k should have brakes. If you have an emergency stop on wet pavement at an intersection with the wide white paint strip across the lane, the brakes on that little trailer could save you. I Know!! Tony
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Based on over 5K miles of towing a 2K boat trailer with no trailer brakes, but a 5K car - I will say this: Yes, you can get away with it. The stopping distance is longer, and you really need to be watchful for idiots driving other vehicles. This was when I was much younger and had better reflexes. Having been with AARP for 20 years now, I would no longer do it.

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Old 05-21-2013, 05:02 PM   #6
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Perhaps some clarification is necessary.

We will be towing the 10 foot trailer with the Wing/sidecar rig on the trailer.

"A Toad on a Trailer" so to speak..
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What do ch'all think?
Contrary to other opinions, I think that you will be fine.

I have towed 2 different 2,400 pound Miatas almost 50,000 miles through 48 states with my 22' Four Winds.

I have not used auxillary brakes in the Miatas nor do the more than 40 others I know who tow Miatas.

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1700 # is not that big a deal. I towed my jeep for quite awhile before I got Ready Brake for it.
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