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Does anyone know the criteria for having to have trailer brakes on your rig. I have a 19 ft. bay boat and am looking to put it on a tandem axle trailer. I dont need the brakes but i wasnt sure if it had to do with the number of axles or boat length/weight. Appreciate any input.
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20 feet
I believe that the magic length is 20 feet. Freater than 20 ffet you need a double axle trailer with brakes. Under 20 ffet you can use a single axle.
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weight
A trailer manufacturer told me that the state of louisiana won't allow them to stamp a trailer that will handle more than 3000 pounds if it doesn't have breaks.
However i have friends who have double axle trailers that i know handle much more than 3000 pounds and they don't have breaks.
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Nope - your both wrong
Their is no regulation that require a boat trailer to have brakes on a load less than 16K(?) pounds. Thus, their is no law saying you can't have them on a trailer with a 14' jon boat on it also. Trailer breaks are wonderful if you have a small vehicle. I pull with a 2500 Ram deisel 4x4, thus would not put brakes on my 22' Blazer Bay tandem trailer if they paid me. Just something else to worry about. And trust me, no matter what kind of brakes you have, they will drive you crazy taking care of them! Food for thought - Safe - yes, Trouble - abolutely!
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Brakes
Thanks, I will continue to try and check with DMV but I dont beleive i'll be getting brakes. I've heard so many horror stories about them locking up on people.
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trailer brakes
put hyd brakes with stainless steel hubs with disc brakes and worry free just have to change the tonge hitch witch is no big thing. happy fishing
southern runner
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