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Old 11-27-2015, 12:01 PM   #1
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Tow vehicle brake requirements

i'm adding a Honda Fit toad to my Forester 3051s. It's about 2500 lbs. My blue ox dealer doesn't think i especially need a braking system. Since it about doubles the cost of the tow setup i would prefer to avoid it too.

What i don't know if how much risk i have of being ticketed in states that require tow brakes. My research shows there aren't many states where i would be in violation. What is the reality out on on the open road?

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Old 11-27-2015, 04:35 PM   #2
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While you may be under the max weight limit in most states you still need "Break Away Brakes" in those states. How do you plan to handle that requirement?

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Old 11-27-2015, 05:18 PM   #3
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While you may be under the max weight limit in most states you still need "Break Away Brakes" in those states. How do you plan to handle that requirement?

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The OP is talking about a TOAD behind a motorhome not a trailer. What's with the break away brakes? Toads just have safety cables as part of the setup.
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The OP is talking about a TOAD behind a motorhome not a trailer. What's with the break away brakes? Toads just have safety cables as part of the setup.
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Old 11-27-2015, 06:27 PM   #5
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It's nice to have the extra braking when you need it I used a brake buddy for years on three different toads but now I'm using nothing my toad is about 32-3500 lbs my Rv is a 3050s but you have to be careful in heavy traffic. I will buy another brake buddy as soon as I find one at a great price I have about 6000 miles on Rv at this time without anything if I was towing less than 3000 lbs I wouldn't buy one just my opinion
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Old 11-27-2015, 06:52 PM   #6
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I would put brakes on it.
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Old 11-27-2015, 07:38 PM   #7
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The OP is talking about a TOAD behind a motorhome not a trailer. What's with the break away brakes? Toads just have safety cables as part of the setup.

So are u saying that a toad is different than a trailer, and the same rules don't apply?
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Old 11-27-2015, 07:42 PM   #8
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My tt had safety chains. And a break away.
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Old 11-27-2015, 07:43 PM   #9
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Tow vehicle brake requirements

3000lbs @ 60mph turns into 363000 lbs of kinetic energy.
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Old 11-27-2015, 07:44 PM   #10
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So are u saying that a toad is different than a trailer, and the same rules don't apply?
When it comes to any requirement, referencing "breakaway braking", for our TOAD application, that is correct.
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