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Old 01-20-2004, 06:06 PM   #15
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Bob, having the trailer help you break is a good idea. I finished restoring a 1972 - 31' Landyacht that hits the scale at 7,200 lbs. I had everything working except for the breaks ( ran out of time ) . I took a two week trip thru Big Bend National Park here in Texas. As you may have heard all things in Texas are big and so are the hills. While decending down a very steep hill the brakes on my 2002 4x4 F-150 started to fade. My truck is equiped with the optioal towing package and 4 wheel disk brakes, but it's not enough when you have 7,200 lbs Airstream pushing you down a hill. Needless to say I'm in the process of working on the brakes before my next trip.

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Old 01-21-2004, 05:49 AM   #16
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Thanks for everyone's thoughts about the necessity of brakes. I took my truck to a local hitch shop and they put in the correct brake controller and harness. I towed the trailer about 3 hours south on Sunday to a dealer and as far as I could tell the brakes were working fine. Illinois is not like Texas, we have no hills to speak of. Anyway the brakes didn't meet any kind of challenge. The dealer is going to look at the brakes to make sure they are in good working order.
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