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Old 03-03-2013, 11:20 PM   #15
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Hi, No trailer brakes, no trip.
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:33 PM   #16
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I would say brakes...but to play devil' s advocate...unladen weight is the same whether you tow it, or put it in the bed of your truck. The only difference being that without wd and/or friction stabilizer trailer could get a little wormy. Braking effort is the same whether its 2,500 lbs in your bed, or in tow.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:02 AM   #17
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It's very difficult to get the load in the TV to jackknife like a trailer. The idea behind trailer brakes is to keep the trailer behind the TV and under a reasonable amount of control when stopping.
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:37 AM   #18
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At 18 feet a 1969 Caravel isn't big and should be about less than 3000 pounds.

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Old 03-04-2013, 08:56 AM   #19
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You still would be better off with brakes!
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:22 AM   #20
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Breaks!

Breaks it is! I had heard that you could tow a trailer this size without them, but we have never towed anything like that for any long distance so I just wanted to check. We will have them checked when we get the new tires. They were not hooked up when we bought the Caravel, so I really have no clue what the status is. We will look into it before we hit the road. Thanks again for all you who are so willing to help the newbies figure out airstream life! You all have been very patient with ALL my questions and problems.
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:07 AM   #21
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Do I need brakes?

Greetings Modern South!

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Breaks it is! I had heard that you could tow a trailer this size without them, but we have never towed anything like that for any long distance so I just wanted to check. We will have them checked when we get the new tires. They were not hooked up when we bought the Caravel, so I really have no clue what the status is. We will look into it before we hit the road. Thanks again for all you who are so willing to help the newbies figure out airstream life! You all have been very patient with ALL my questions and problems.
Another point of concern since you aren't aware of the condition of the brakes on your Caravel, do you know when the wheel bearings were last serviced? As a single axle coach, there is a lot riding on just two sets of wheel bearings and a seized or spun bearing at highway speeds can have expensive consequences. It may be wise to have a thorough brake inspection with bearing service to insure that all is safe for extended travel.

Good luck with your Caravel!

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Old 03-04-2013, 11:14 AM   #22
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If the brakes are worn or old, it's worth it just to go with whole new backing plates. It will set you back less than $150 in parts, and everything will be new. Totally worth it!!
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Old 03-04-2013, 11:29 AM   #23
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Brakes required. I towed my 2,500 lb popup for a distance, forgot to plug in the trailer electrical connector, and managed to warp my front brake rotors going down a steep grade. I learned an expensive lesson. I towed with a Ford Expedition which is a pretty substantial tow vehicle.

Tow with brakes if only to avoid damaging your tow vehicle brakes.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:19 PM   #24
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I would say brakes...but to play devil' s advocate...unladen weight is the same whether you tow it, or put it in the bed of your truck. The only difference being that without wd and/or friction stabilizer trailer could get a little wormy. Braking effort is the same whether its 2,500 lbs in your bed, or in tow.
This only makes sense when you ASSUME the person towing has at least a 3/4 ton truck towing the trailer, instead of the OPs Explorer.(as listed in profile)
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Okay, so the plan is I am going to take it in for new wheels, tires and brakes! Ugh! The guy should have put two for sale signs outside of this thing. One for the amount he wanted and one for what it was going to cost just to get her on the road! I know this is what happens whenever your renovate anything this age, but I just really want to see her prettied up and cruising down the highway! Thank you so much for all the great advice and wisdom. We will take it all to heart and hope some day to meet some of you on the road...you will be able to spot us by the shiny wheels, tires and brakes!!
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Okay, so the plan is I am going to take it in for new wheels, tires and brakes! Ugh! The guy should have put two for sale signs outside of this thing. One for the amount he wanted and one for what it was going to cost just to get her on the road! I know this is what happens whenever your renovate anything this age, but I just really want to see her prettied up and cruising down the highway! Thank you so much for all the great advice and wisdom. We will take it all to heart and hope some day to meet some of you on the road...you will be able to spot us by the shiny wheels, tires and brakes!!
Ever considered doing the work yourself? Also, consider joining us at one of several SE area rallies for some meet and greet time, and some trailer/MoHo open house events. A great way to meet some folks here and get some good ideas from what others have done to their rigs.

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Check the trailer towing laws in the state where the trailer is registered (or if it's not registered yet because you just bought it, the state in which your tow vehicle is registered). I mention this because if you're legal for your home state, then you're legal for anywhere else, even if the state you're visiting has laws that are more stringent.

No matter what state you're driving in, the trailer brake requirements are those of the state of registry.

In Georgia, where the original poster lives, the trailer towing laws that I've found are thus:
Safety chains are required.
A breakaway switch is NOT required.
Maximum speed while towing is 55 mph (like THAT has ever slowed anyone down!).
Vehicle headlights must be ON while towing, regardless of time of day.
Trailer taillights on while towing.
Trailer brakes required if GVWR (not curb weight) of trailer is over 3000 pounds. Brakes required on ALL wheels.
No one riding in trailer while it's towed.
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:03 PM   #28
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This only makes sense when you ASSUME the person towing has at least a 3/4 ton truck towing the trailer, instead of the OPs Explorer.(as listed in profile)
True....but are we also to assume that the vehicle listed in the profile is his only vehicle?
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