Originally Posted by Homebrew
What's the smaller truck you can get with a exhaust brake ?
I hope we all agree that this is the safest way to slow down a TV towing without burning up the electric brakes on steep declines.
Ok its the safest way.
I have never had a pickup with an exhaust brake, and I have yet to burn up brakes no matter what I have been towing. You don't need an exhaust brake to descend a grade without toasting the brakes. You just need to know how to drive, use the transmission, and not be a moron. Most of the exhaust brakes I see are used by idiots on the PA turnpike who come running up beside you and throw them making a s$%tload of noise, as some kind of a "I'm a manly man" statement.
Probably 99% of the vehicles on the road towing RV's and other trailers no matter what the size, don't have exhaust brakes. I would like to have one, but wanting or liking to have one, and needing to have one, are two different things.
I would agree the exhaust brake came in handy the few times I drove a tri axle from the quarry with about 23 tons of limestone on it, but traveling the same roads and grades with the camper I have never needed one. I don't think the OP would need one either with a 3500lb camper.