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Old 07-02-2014, 10:13 AM   #1
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Can I tow my 25ft Safari without using my Prodigy Brake Controller?

I recently purchased a new tow vehicle and have yet to install my Prodigy Brake Controller. However, I need to move my 25ft Safari about 20 miles down the road. I was wondering if anyone could give me insight as to how safe or unsafe it would be to tow my Airstream a short distance without a Brake Controller. Thanks in advance!


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Old 07-02-2014, 10:17 AM   #2
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If you have a one ton pickup with disc brakes and the roads are on the level, you might get away with it, but most states require operational trailer brakes on trailer GVW exceeding 3,000 pounds.

Your insurance on both the truck and trailer might be invalid for the trip.
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My tow vehicle is a 2013 Land Rover LR4, which does have disc brakes and the roads are level, but I think you're right and Connecticut requires a brake controller. I'll wait for my part to arrive and install the Prodigy before towing my Safari. Many thanks for your input!


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Old 07-02-2014, 11:03 AM   #4
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I towed my AS home with an F150 130 miles on flat ground without brakes when I bought it. If your trip is anything like the mountain pass in your avatar I would not do it! If flat ground, be careful.
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Old 07-02-2014, 11:39 AM   #5
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It is never safe, or legal to tow a 25' trailer without brakes, one mile or 20 miles or 1000 miles. What happens if a kid dart out in front of you and you cannot stop? Or another car?

Sure, you can risk it, but safe... not.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:05 PM   #6
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If you are going to be driving on flat back roads I don't see a problem. Lots of stop and go traffic would not be good. Test the rig and see how long it takes to stop and take that into account. I would stay under 50. If you have a sway issue you have no brakes to get it under control. If you were electrically inclined you could rig a resistor to a brake circuit or something to get at least some degree of braking. A standard brake controller just applies 100 percent braking after a certain delay. 100 percent being where you set the controller to avoid lockup.

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Can you? Yes.

Should you? From a legal standpoint absolutely not.

Can you get away with it? Maybe

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Just to sum up the conversation:
I decided to take the wise advice and purchase a new brake controller for my Land Rover. From what I read on a number of websites, it would be easy to install myself. Turns out it wasn't. After pulling apart the under trim near the foot pedals, I couldn't locate the brake controller plug, even I read it would be easy to spot. After searching for an hour I decided to drive to my mechanics shop and ask him to take a look. After searching and searching, he discovered the plug was attached to another socket.... Long story short, we connected the wires, picked up our Safari and drove home without a hitch (no pun intended!).

Thanks for everyone's input!


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Yes, I had a Range Rover... and they do hide the plug really good.... it is a ford type of plug.
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