Originally Posted by Laura
Even most popups are over 1000 lbs (remember - that capacity also includes stuff you carry with you, batteries,propane,passengers, etc).
Popups also are heavier than a typical trailer of the same size, because the mechanism needed to lift.
Trailer brakes can always be added. In California, all trailers over 1000 lbs (I think that is the threshold) must have electric brakes.
I think California requires brakes. They need not be electric.
However, the only trailers I have seen with brakes that were not electric were surge brakes on boat trailers and rental car hauler trailers.