Originally Posted by andreasduess
If a trailer can't stop itself, then there are mechanical problems afoot that need to be addressed.
The desired scenario is, and I know I am repeating myself, that a well dialed in trainer-tow vehicle combo will come to a stop just as quickly as the tow vehicle by itself. .....
I believe this is purely wishful thinking on your part.
Nothing mechanically wrong with my trailer brakes now. I make my living maintaining and repairing European cars and I dare say I am competent at what I do.
I would think that the much more positive braking action of Airstreams hydraulic disc brake system would be a different story. Then too, all of this ignores the physics of weight distribution in braking.
The car/truck has the advantage of the forward shifting weight during braking to help the front wheel traction. The trailer does not.
Apples and oranges.
A 3000 pound trailer simply can not dissipate energy at the same rate as a 3000 pound automobile and I believe the drum brakes supplied are simply there to do what they can without causing skids.
Simple "I tried it and it seems to work..." is not enough to sway my thinking here.
I believe it is a safe bet that any Airstream/tow vehicle requires more distance to stop than the parent tow vehicle does alone...
Don't read into this. I make no judgment of your tow vehicle vs mine just that the stopping distance is greater when towing.
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