The brakes have been off for quite a few years, as long as I can remember actually. I guess one of them would lock up occasionally and my Dad decided they were not neccessary (may be mistaken). I understand the trailer is a little less than 1000lbs dry weight. I'll have to get the exact measurement off the sticker the next time I go up to storage. The one Jeep we may use tows up to 3500lbs. The other Jeep we have is a V8 and is rated at 5000lbs. Either of those should work, they both have low miles, no slipping in the transmission, and have never been used to tow with before.
I'm looking forward to our first trip out, I'm a little nervous about backing up the rig but I'm planning on practicing in an empty parking lot before going out. I read some good tips in the forums here, I like the idea of steering from the bottom of the wheel. Thanks for the kind words, I hope to meet a lot more of you.