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Old 02-23-2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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Wt rating requiring Aux braking

Hello fellow Rv'ers,

I am researching different methods for towing our newly purchased 2009 honda civic behind our motorhome. Does any one know what is the max toed wt allowed before requiring aux braking when flat towing. I also realize there may be differences state to state and province to province. Any where to obtain this information?? Our civic is only listed at about 2687 lbs. Not sure whether to buy the flat towing equipment or a tow dolly setup. According to Remco and a lot of folks on the forum, the 2009 civic is flat towable, although not condoned by Honda.

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Old 02-23-2013, 12:35 PM   #2
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Considering the investment in the coach and dinghy, it is well worth the cost to be able to stop it better. Some chassis require aux braking on any towed load over 1500#. Also you should get a break away system in case the dinghy breaks loose.


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Maybe this chart will help. It is dated so accuracy may not be the best - could give you a starting point. http://home.roadrunner.com/~morodat/...-by-state.htmlThere are also some other regulations regarding trailer weights requiring braking and some interpret these to apply to a towd, arguing that it becomes a trailer when being towed.

Personally, I would not tow a car without an auxiliary braking system. They are relatively inexpensive, reliable, easy to maintain and provide a measure of security that I would not want to be without. Your mileage may vary.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:30 PM   #4
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Apparently you missed this article at the top of the forum

The Physics of Towed-Vehicle Braking

A few states and most Canadian provinces may legally require brakes. And some motorhome chassis builders specify that anything towed must have brakes if it weighs over 1500 lbs. But the real reason for toad brakes is because it shortens the stopping distance regardless of the weight of the toad, and the ability to bring your rig to a controlled stop in the shortest possible distance is worth whatever it takes.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:48 PM   #5
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Aux brake

Most states require any towed object more than 3000lbs to have a braking system. It is a no go if trying to cross the border into Canada.

I towed a Honda CRV and it was under 3000 lbs and I would never tow a vehicle ith out a braking system. I had one time my system was inop and I did a "panic" stop and the stopping distance was eye watering. Consider the peace of mind, enhanced safety and reduction in wear and tear to the RV, towbar, and RV brakes it's cheaper to put an aux brake system in.
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They are correct. 8 brakes is soooo much better than 4.
And if it is slippery, it may not jacknkife.
I stop in less distance than the MH would on its own!!!
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Check out this helpful info from the Winnebago Resources pages:
Service Tips 2008-03 Hitch Accessories: Much of this info is now incorporated in later model years’ Operator Manuals.
2005 Adventurer Operator Manual, pages 15-4 and 15-5.
Hope you come to the conclusion that auxiliary braking in the toad is the way to go.
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Legal or not, there is absolutely no reason NOT to have Aux Braking. Anytime you have 4,000 plus LBS pushing on the back of the coach, you need help to bring it all to a stop. Buy it, use it, don't even ask why or if.
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Legal or not, there is absolutely no reason NOT to have Aux Braking. Anytime you have 4,000 plus LBS pushing on the back of the coach, you need help to bring it all to a stop. Buy it, use it, don't even ask why or if.

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