Originally Posted by wana65stang
Looks like Newfoundland needs brakes on towed veh also.
We have done a lot of research on TOADS and braking systems as we plan to upgrade to a MH in the future. I have asked a lot of questions on this and other Forums and the hands down winner for a towbar & braking system is the ReadyBrute Elite and, at @ $1,100 it is markedly less expensive than, say, a Blue Ox/AirForce One combo.
ReadyBruteâ„˘ Elite RV Tow Bar - NSA RV Products
RE: Brakes. It's not so much as you are "required" to have independent brakes; more like you need them for safety's sake. The brakes on a tow vehicle or motorhome are designed by the vehicle manufacturer to stop the weight of that particular vehicle, not the additional weight being towed behind it. This additional weight adds a substantial increase to the distance required to stop safely.
Here is a quote from Mark Polk, a RV safety specialst at KOA:
"Tests performed on a flat stretch of dry pavement have shown that an unhitched motor home traveling at a speed of 50 mph needed an average of 132 feet of braking distance to reach a complete stop. Under the same speed and surface conditions, but with the added weight of a small car in tow, the stopping distance of the motor home expands to an average of 209 feet. A significant distance! In an identical test performed using the Roadmaster BrakeMaster™, the coach and towed car averaged a stopping distance of 137 feet. That’s a mere 5 feet more than the unhitched stopping average"
Also, "One problem with this is that it might be legal to tow a 2,000-pound trailer with no brakes in the state where you live, but as soon as you cross the state line of a bordering state it is illegal to tow the same trailer without brakes. Add to this your insurance company, who may not cover you in the event of an accident involving a trailer with no braking system. Again, the most important reason is for your safety and the safety of others"
Finally, here is a map of Brake Laws in the US and Canada:
State and Province Towing Laws - NSA RV Products