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Old 12-21-2014, 07:31 AM   #15
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there's your answer: SLOW..pack a lunch and bring audio

is not required to have brakes if it is towed at a speed of not more than 30 mph.
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Old 12-21-2014, 03:28 PM   #16
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Okay I will probably catch hell for this but I have hauled trailers that (not airstreams) cars trucks loads of beef amongst other things and some of those loads were rather hairy but I was doing recovery hauling which normally meant trailer was in bad shape and most of those times I had a state trooper escort! My advice if you cannot get the brakes working then put on a very colorful shirt or coat roll your windows up both hands on the steering wheel head and eyes to the front flashers on and do the slow and easy all the way home! You will get lots of encouragement with people driving past you signaling that you are number one or you have one more mile till the next exit or there IQ as they drive buy! They will never know how you helped to keep them safe buy taking your time.
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In Texas, EVERYBODY loves a Rodeo Clown, especially if you can blow up balloon animals at the same time....(I am presently enrolled in the balloon academy, having difficulty getting in the barrel fast enough, ouch), anyways, the hair and hat would be a dead giveaway that something isn't quite right. There has to be a Law on the books. Somewhere.
I could almost guarantee an escort with this one. State, County and City Police, and maybe a Game Warden...
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Old 12-21-2014, 04:35 PM   #17
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In Texas if you run down the highway with four ways on its a giveaway you're from south of the border. Not legal, strictly speaking. It's to get you to next exit with any service whatsoever.
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Old 12-21-2014, 06:30 PM   #18
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Improvisions are necessary almost everyday and most would say anybody that drove a car without a seatbelt was just begging for a hospital visit! Well I grew up (and survived) before many vehicles had seat belts and towing a trailer without brakes can be done safely (maybe even n Texas ) and no driving at 30 is not the solution. But good luck and thanks for the feed back! Here in North Carolina we find illegals they will be working asap !
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Old 01-06-2015, 10:26 PM   #19
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Inquiring minds what to know ....

Did you buy it ?

Did you drag it home ?

With or without brakes ?
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Old 01-08-2015, 10:25 PM   #20
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Inquiring minds what to know ....

Did you buy it ?

Did you drag it home ?

With or without brakes ?

Glenritas and all those great people who responded!

Thank you for the tremendous advice. I read each and every one of your responses and took plenty of notes. Unfortunately the seller began to play some hardball with the pricing. As I was about to pack up and head to purchase the trailer, he began increasing the price in arbitrary increments every few minutes. I gave him my final offer, which he eventually agreed to a couple of days later, but it was too late - I had already shipped off for vacation. Once I'm back, I will try once more to make the trip (barring any random price increases), and I'll be renting a 3/4 ton F 250. I'll be getting the brakes fixed in Abilene, and will make the 5 hour trek to Houston afterwards.

Again, thank you all for the advice and I hope to be updating you all with pictures of the beaut soon!

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Old 01-10-2015, 09:11 AM   #21
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Hi Andre,
That's awesome! I'm glad you will get the brakes fixed early. I don't think Houston traffic has changed much since I was there last....Big truck lane change: Turn on blinker, count to three. Merge.
I hope you have a safe and fun drive home, and that your AS brings you much joy.
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Old 09-06-2015, 03:42 PM   #22
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Its been since January ... We can only guess ...
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Old 09-07-2015, 05:20 PM   #23
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Glenritas! I completely forgot to post an update - I ended up purchasing a 1970 Overlander in March with brand new axles and brakes, it was all around the better decision. The guy in North Texas was a huge nut case. I spent the past few months renovating the Overlander and I've been living in it for a month now. (Austin area - I'm a grad student at UT). Fulltiming is going great thus far.
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Old 09-09-2015, 06:58 PM   #24
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Hello Texas from Colorado. The Overlander has more room than a Trade Wind. I wonder how your renovation went. If it went like most, it was a lot of dollars and a lot of hours. You gotta post some pictures one of these days.

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