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Old 10-19-2008, 12:14 PM   #15
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In short, don't do it.
But, there is a loophole for you, if you decide to do it anyway. The law in North Carolina pertains to house trailers (travel trailers) manufactured after December, 1971. With a 1971 model trailer, it would have been built before the cutoff date.
That doesn't make it any safer, though, just slightly more legal (less illegal?)
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:50 PM   #16
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How accurate is this chart? It looks like it would be illegal
to tow a new Airstream in some states, brakes or not due to the width. Looks like 8ft limit in some states and new
Airstreams are 81/2 ft width.
I think all these charts are generalizations for the sake of brevity. Interestingly, the AAA site is the only one I've seen with a 1000 lb limit for NC, the rest are 4000 lbs.

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Old 10-19-2008, 12:51 PM   #17
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You've probably gotten enough input by now, but I'll add mine also....hook up the breaks. Much better to be safe than sorry, especially when your life may be at stake.
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:03 PM   #18
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Brakes

If you are planning on going 25 MPH or less then you have no problems. Over that speed you are really sticking your neck and investment out there for the GODS of the highway to step on.
I would not like to be on the same highway with you doing the posted speed limit.
To do that is unwise and unsafe for all around you.
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:04 PM   #19
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Much better to be safe than sorry, especially when your life may be at stake.
Or mine and my family.
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:44 PM   #20
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It's pretty handy having brakes on the trailer when the brakes on the tow vehicle give out. Assuming that won't happen is like assuming no one will pull in front of you. I don't think you can be careful enough to not need brakes on the trailer. Roger
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:05 PM   #21
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I didn't do it!

Thanks to all who replied to my post! I can't believe how active this forum is! First off I'd like to say that I ended up NOT towing the airstream. Hopefully within the next day or two I will have the brake controller hooked up to the truck and by the weekend the airstream will be sitting pretty in my yard. I really didn't want to pick it up without the brakes but the guy I'm buying it from said it shouldn't be an issue and a couple friends didn't think so either, but just in case I thought I'd ask the experts. I can't wait to actually have the airstream so I can ask you all more newbie questions. Thanks, Sam
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:11 PM   #22
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Good choice Sam... You will be a lot happier with the brakes....
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:12 PM   #23
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Thanks to all who replied to my post! I can't believe how active this forum is! First off I'd like to say that I ended up NOT towing the airstream. Hopefully within the next day or two I will have the brake controller hooked up to the truck and by the weekend the airstream will be sitting pretty in my yard. I really didn't want to pick it up without the brakes but the guy I'm buying it from said it shouldn't be an issue and a couple friends didn't think so either, but just in case I thought I'd ask the experts. I can't wait to actually have the airstream so I can ask you all more newbie questions. Thanks, Sam
Many of the Airstream sellers, neighbors and friends, usually offer friendly well meaning advice.

Unfortunately, most of the time they are wrong.

The seller saying "it shouldn't be an issue", is correct. Not for him, but for you, big time.

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Old 10-20-2008, 06:59 PM   #24
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I have to concur with those above me. U have made a wise decision GRASSHOPPER ! U didn't mention What Make of TV U have. If its a FORD ,U can go to your local Trailer dealer, U HAUL and purchase the controller, and they will install it for U, if the TV was ordered with a tow package ITS PLUG AND PLAY at least on a FORD. I have two and I installed both .
Don't find yourself In my situation where I never intended to bring our Airstream home the day I looked at it. But the seller and my wife had different ideas. I brought it home 100 miles with no Brakes. "DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME" I have 45 yrs of OTR experience in Big Trucks and I have intentionally pulled trailers with NO brakes when there was no other choise. ITS NOT PRETTY and not for novices.
I say DON'T DO IT. EVER!
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Excellent


Now we all know for sure that we will be seeing some pic's of that "new" Airstream.....ASAP
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