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Old 01-31-2008, 06:56 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by flyfshr
No Trailer Brakes?

Imagine, if you will, that you have your house refrigerator on a two wheeled dolly and you're rolling it down your desending sloped driveway by yourself and the fridge is sort of pushing you along because of its weight. Now - try stopping. You can do it but it would be so much better, and safer, to have a second person behind the fridge helping you stop it. Brakes need to be supplied to where the weight resides.
Good analogy! I forgot to turn on my brakes shortly after we purchased our trailer and I remember saying out loud to my husband that the truck wasn't stopping as we approached a stop sign, with the truck brakes on. It is a strange (and scary) sensation when you have your foot on the brakes but are still being gently pushed forward.

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Old 01-31-2008, 07:11 AM   #16
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Your F150 is capable of stopping your rig 99.9% of the time. The .1% is panic stops. In this situation not having brakes on the trailer will result in a stopping distance of twice as long and a good chance of jack knifing the trailer without trailer brakes. The combined weight of the F150 and Tradewind is at least 10,000 pounds.

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Old 01-31-2008, 08:29 AM   #17
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Thank you all very much for you responses. I thought I knew the answer but as a first time trailer owner I wasn't sure. This forum is great and I look forward to the day I can actually answer someone elses question.
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Old 01-31-2008, 09:48 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Jfuller678
I just purchased a 1976 25 ft Trade Wind which I tow with a 2005 5.4 Liter F150. Would you recommend I install a trailer brake?
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If you feel that they are of little value, then don't do anything, for a hitch or brake controller.

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Old 01-31-2008, 09:53 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Jfuller678
I just purchased a 1976 25 ft Trade Wind which I tow with a 2005 5.4 Liter F150. Would you recommend I install a trailer brake?
First the brakes for your Turck are designed to stop the truck. get a brake controller.
Second: when the trailer starts pushing the truck bad things shappen. See my website Truck Trailer Accident

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