Originally Posted by AquaMan
I think you may have gotten some bad advice. The braking system just has to be controlled from drivers seat and has to work simultaneously with the tow vehicles brakes. Surge brake systems fall into this category.
To the OP, I have an ACME and like the way it's built and features. It's going to make it's maiden voyage next Thursday hauling a Honda Civic on our way to FL.
here is the statute
Except as provided in paragraph 4.1, every
trailer or semitrailer of a gross weight of over 3,000
pounds, when operated upon a highway must be equipped
with brakes adequate to control the movement of, to stop
and to hold such vehicle, and designed so as to be
operable by the driver of the towing vehicle from its
cab. Such brakes must be so designed and connected that
in case of an accidental breakaway of a towed vehicle
over 5,000 pounds, the brakes are automatically applied.
They are describing the trailer brakes, I don't see how trailer surge brakes are able to be applied from the cab. The tow vehicle service brakes must be used for surge brakes to work. They do not define or include the tow vehicle in the description. The IETA has an article on this very issue. An independent brake controller is required in Illinois.
. Here is link to the article.