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Old 04-13-2013, 03:05 PM   #15
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Add my vote to those who think brakes on the toad are necessary.

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Old 04-13-2013, 03:26 PM   #16
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Only if you want to stop as fast and safely as possible.
Yes, by all means. I also use the Ready Brute / Ready Brake set up. Very happy with the quality, price and ease of installation.
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Hmmm... I guess I'm the exception. I've towd my 16ft enclosed trailer (with 2 full dressed Harleys - 3500 to 4000 lbs) well over 20,000 mi with an old class C and my present A. Never had a problem with braking or the law. Of course that doesn't mean it's legal or safe! Or that someday I won't be sorry. Take previous advice, it's the best route.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:20 AM   #19
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Add my vote to having the supplemental brake, I realize you are towing a light vehicle but I am sure you have had experience with those drivers that never want to be behind a motor home and they just have to pass you and pull in front of you then hit their brakes, better to be safe than have an accident
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Hmmm... I guess I'm the exception. I've towd my 16ft enclosed trailer (with 2 full dressed Harleys - 3500 to 4000 lbs) well over 20,000 mi with an old class C and my present A. Never had a problem with braking or the law. Of course that doesn't mean it's legal or safe! Or that someday I won't be sorry. Take previous advice, it's the best route.
Wow! Questionable judgement!
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The curb weight on my Fiat 500 is less that 2400 Lbs and I popped for a tow brake system. I don't like spending money on things I don't need. Most likely I won't need the brake system unless I'm in a panic stop situation but then I'll really need it. You have read this thread, right?

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Well, after reading these posts, it confirms my practise of not being anywhere near ANY Vehicle towing another trailer/vehicle. Where is the Highway Patrol when you need them? I look at some of the rigs going down the road and just shake my head.
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Dennis,

What really scares me are those that claim they don't need the braking!
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Either the laws of physics or the laws of the land will eventually burn you on this one.

You shouldn't ignore either one.
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Wow! Questionable judgement!
Perhaps with me towing 10,000 tons at 60mph for over 30 years with almost no brakes has something to do with it. I did advise against it to the OP.
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You must make your own decision based upon the latest information you have at the time. You have a Workhorse chassis, this is what Workhorse has to say on this subject: http://www.workhorse.com/Portals/0/W...y%20brakes.pdf
Based on that pdf and the engineering explanations in your thread, it should be an easy decision. We take our Jeep Grand Cherokee to the shop next week to have an M&G braking system installed.
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Perhaps with me towing 10,000 tons at 60mph for over 30 years with almost no brakes has something to do with it. I did advise against it to the OP.
10,000 tons --- really wow that is 20 million pounds - perhaps a typo you think
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