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Old 11-01-2015, 11:40 PM   #1
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Is anyone pulling a trailer(6x12) or so and are trailer brakes needed? Total weight is less than mfgr listed.

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Old 11-02-2015, 06:32 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by dogpa View Post
Is anyone pulling a trailer(6x12) or so and are trailer brakes needed? Total weight is less than mfgr listed.
6x12 single axle - usually no brakes needed. Tandem axle brake requirements need more much towing weight, what type of tow vehicle?

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Old 11-02-2015, 06:42 AM   #3
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Just keep in mind that some states require trailer brakes on as little as a 1,500 lb trailer. It's best to check the states that you'll be towing in.
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:05 AM   #4
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I tow an "Open Road" two wheel trailer (Electric Brakes) with a Smart Car on it. I am really amazed how well the Solera handles-It's like it is not even back there. I use a Tekonsha Prodigy P3 Trailer Brake Controller installed in the Solera for the trailer electric brakes. This works very well for my wife and I. Good Luck in your assessment.
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:23 AM   #5
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Here is a link to the AAA webpage listing requirements by state. You may need a breakaway system as well....
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:46 AM   #6
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If you add the unit to an MBS- have an expert do it.
The electrical systems can be tricky and can cost you if you hook it up wrong.
My buddy tied into the brake switch and ended up blowing the ABS the tune of $1800.
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:57 AM   #7
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Should your weights be in line with the recommended hitch capacity and gross weight of your tow vehicle plus trailer plus cargo on trailer AND you need brakes on the trailer, research how to wire in a brake controller circuit elsewhere on this Forum. On our 2014 chassis Solera, its not an easy installation. On some prior models, there is a green connector under the driver's seat that facilitates the connection to an electrical braking system on your trailer.

Consider the alternative of a hydraulic disc brake actuated hitch assembly for your trailer. No special wiring issues and they work quire well. Previous to our current configuration, I used a tow dolly with hydraulically activated disc brakes.

Whatever braking solution you choose, please have your rig weighed at an official weighing station (CAT being common along freeways). Keep the print out with your registration should you be questioned by authorities. Knowing you're within the manufacturer's weight limits will give you peace of mind as well as documenting your compliance with regulations.

PS: For comparison purposes, we now tow a Smart Car (around 1800 lbs) wheels down without supplemental brakes on the car. No effect on handling and little if any on mileage.

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