Originally Posted by Matt Chapter
But back to the original point: how would this ever matter? It's unlikely that a LEO is going to get under your camper if he pulls you for some reason. To me, the concern is strictly about safety and stopping distances, and the Trailblazer can probably handle your trailer and gear fine.
Great point, and those values are really what prompted my question. We've been towing with a Chrysler minivan 2009-2014 but retired the van in early 2015. I decided to get a better TV; hence the TrailBlazer.
So imagine my surprise when I read the owner's manual (after 2 trips which I admit was pretty ignorant) and it says trailer brakes are required for trailers over 1,500 pounds. My minivan, which one would presume to be a lesser TV, didn't have such language, but left the subject of braking soft of vague.
With 2 in college and a 3rd about to enter next fall, every dollar is pretty precious, so is safety, and I certainly don't want to end up in an orange jumpsuit. We're done camping this year, but I'll probably replace the axle and add brakes and brake controller next Spring just to be safe and in compliance with my owner's manual.