Originally Posted by walleye
Ok next from what I have read is to check brake adjustment, get that done tomorrow. In IL trailer brakes are required for trailers over 3000 lbs so why does this PUP have brakes when it weighs 2100 lbs?
Because trailer brakes really is safer and less "stress" on the Tow Vehicle brakes.
For my Tow Vehicle, it has a rear cargo capacity of 1,500 lbs. If I remember correctly, a Z71 Pickup has a rear cargo capacity of 2,500 lbs. This max number assume 150 lbs driver and no passenger and no items within the cab. The factory brakes can comfortable stop xxx lbs (1,500 for my TV and 2,500 for your TV). Let's add stuff in the vehicle's rear cargo area (like wood, peddle bikes, loaded coolers, etc. etc.) Let's add a wife, kid and perhaps a dog inside the tow vehicle as well. Add their wet weight and subtract from TV's max cargo capacity. Now, remaining Cargo capacity is down to say 1,000 lbs (for my vehicle) and perhaps 1,800 lbs for your vehicle. Attached a 2,600 lbs trailer behind the Tow Vehicle and TV's factory brakes are now being over stressed. This can cause longer stopping distance, this can cause warped front rotors and can cause extra wear/tear on TV's brake pads as well. And, if trailer has NO brakes, the trailer can "fish tail" around the TV as well. Especially during panic stops. If wondering, my 2,600 lbs trailer behind my TV would push my TV like a dry rag doll. I installed full electric brakes on my attached trailer and the TV/Trailer combo braking improvement was amazing. Like comparing night and day. Afterwards, I now understand why some regions are using 1,500 lbs and 2,000 lbs as their towing law number. So yes…. Having brakes on the trailer (even if under the max lbs law) is safer, creates less wear/tear and braking stress on your Tow Vehicle as well. Win-win-win in my books.
With above in mind, I'd get the trailer's existing Surge Brakes fixed. Or, convert to full electric brakes (if fixing existing surge brakes is too expensive). It's well worth it.