Trailer without brakes?


#1

I have an opportunity to purchase a year old trailer but it hasn’t any brakes.

Thoughts?


#2

What are you towing with?

Do you need it and is the price right?


#3

If the price is right you can get electric trailer brakes installed for under $200 if you don’t do it yourself. They’re pretty much bolt on, run wires, change plug, and bingo bango. That’s if you have a 7 way on the tow vehicle.


#4

Depends on price. Thing including trailer prob only weighs about 1500. Should be able to pull w/o brakes easily unless you’re using a go cart.


#5

Or have any intention of towing water.


#6

@Donut Towing with a Ford Transit 350, no hitch installed as of yet. Yes, I do need it and everything is plumbed, which is huge to me, plus has chem tank, softwash setup.
@squidskc Not planning on towing water. That cost to install is very reasonable.
@Racer Price is right. At what weight does one start to think about brakes?


#7

You wont need brakes towing with that .

Edit: brakes will save you, never a bad investment. But unless you are hauling that tote full then you will have no issues at all.


#8

This is just general stuff. I’m sure there are specifics for Fords and for that trailer, but even though it’s a light trailer that one time you may have to haul water might be worth it.


#9

Ok, thanks guys. Just a little skittish about the safety.


#10

Nah man… hook it up and hammer down.

Hope deal works out for ya.


#11

99.9% you’re fine. I haven’t towed mine with brakes and it’s a 6x12 with a larger machine and I carry a full chem tank and 75 gallons which is where I like to buffer from. There’s probably 1000 lbs on the trailer at any given time and it weighs 750.

No real problems.

I do know that when I was a contractor my 7 x 14 trailer had brakes, often hauled less weight, and it was just a lot nicer to tow down hills and last minute stop lights.


#12

Before I got my new trailer I was pulling nearly 5000 lbs w/o. But was a little hairy sometimes if I had to stop quick.


#13

If you know how to drive…brakes will not be necessary on the minuscule amount of weight.

The need for brakes is greatly exaggerated on these small trailers.


#14

that’s the only part that freaks me out a bit. We’ve got a lot of lake neighborhoods with a lot of turns, roads that can barely fit two cars, a lot of blind spots, and typically one side that falls into the oblivion. That’s the only time I really regret not having brakes on mine.


#15

I currently have a 5 x 10 trailer, single axle and no breaks. Like Squid and Racer said, It stinks on quick stops. My new trailer which I just got a text about just came in today. will pick up this weekend (6’10" x 14’) has two axles and brakes on one of the axles.


#16

LOL, that’s because you live where a mountain is a 3’ pile of dirt.