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Old 06-15-2015, 06:59 PM   #1
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I have question for all the MH with diggy (towd) vehicle. I'm looking into
tow bars and installation on a Jeep wrangler. Talking to a company that
does hitch installs and such today was interesting. I was under the understanding
that a brake system is a must but they said that out of all the installs they do only 20% do brakes. I'm just interest in hearing what opinions on this subject.
I have 31foot class B MH and Jeep wrangler as towed vehicle.
Also, I know the pros and cons just want to hear so I can make a choice later as
what to do.
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:22 PM   #2
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Most states do not address "TOADS" specifically, only trailers when mandating brakes. With that said I would never tow a car without supplemental braking system. I had one when towing with the 2001 DESIGNER (E-450) and then with our 08 SENECA (Kodiak). I used a Brake Buddy.
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IIRC correctly in IL trailers 5k and over require brakes. I also fully agree with it should be considered a must.
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:18 AM   #4
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Count me in the 'install' camp.


Everything on the road should have a failsafe in case of breakaway.


NY has it down to 1,500# now.
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Well IL is the over regulated state so they probably dropped it since the last time I checked.
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There are published charts one can find online that detail the various state's and Canadian Province's laws regarding brakes on trailers. They can vary significantly. Most of these entities consider a vehicle (car, truck, SUV) attached to, and towed behind, another vehicle as a "trailer". So depending on the weight of the towed vehicle and the rules of your specific jurisdiction, supplemental brakes may or may not be required. Given the expected weight of a Wrangler, in most states you would be required to utilize supplemental brakes.

I have been towing behind my motorhome(s) for years and would not do so without supplemental brakes. I can tell you from experience they help greatly, especially in hilly areas. And while I am not an attorney, I suspect if one ever gets sued because of a crash and you do not have supplemental brakes your defense may be compromised as a result, regardless of where you are. Just a wary suspicion on my part in today's litigious society.
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Thanks for the info, looking to buy brake now. No need to push the envelope on this one.
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