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Old-Biscuit

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Posted: 09/06/20 08:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

10 states might not but DOT does
Federal traffic safety law specifies that all trailers that are required to have brakes, shall have a means of activating the trailer brakes under trailer break away conditions

The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution establishes that state laws are subordinate to federal laws and regulations.


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Thermoguy wrote:

Just out of curiosity I tried to open my slide yesterday. My battery was disconnected, so I hooked up to power and tried the slide. Wouldn't open. Had to connect the battery just to open the slide.

In WA, Costco, Walmart, Batteries Plus. I don't think Les Schwab would be a good place to get a good price on a battery.
Boy are you right. $160. out the door at Schwab, $96. otd at costco.


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Posted: 09/07/20 12:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rich&Mar wrote:

Thermoguy wrote:

Just out of curiosity I tried to open my slide yesterday. My battery was disconnected, so I hooked up to power and tried the slide. Wouldn't open. Had to connect the battery just to open the slide.

In WA, Costco, Walmart, Batteries Plus. I don't think Les Schwab would be a good place to get a good price on a battery.
Boy are you right. $160. out the door at Schwab, $96. otd at costco.
To keep this thread going for days, I'll ask another question. In researching batteries I read you should let them discharge to 50% before charging. OK, but how do I know when it's down to 50%? What do you do regarding your battery and maintain it in good shape?

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Posted: 09/07/20 02:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Old-Biscuit wrote:

10 states might not but DOT does
Federal traffic safety law specifies that all trailers that are required to have brakes, shall have a means of activating the trailer brakes under trailer break away conditions

The Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution establishes that state laws are subordinate to federal laws and regulations.
Please cite where that is stated that applies to vehicles other than commercial vehicles.


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Posted: 09/07/20 02:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Common sense should dictate that you have a battery and break-away switch. Would you want your unit if it broke away head off into oncoming traffic and possibly kill someone, or to lockup the brakes and not travel far??
We just recently purchased a lower priced enclosed utility trailer to use for storage and it came with a small Dry Cell Battery to activate the brakes in the event of a disconnect.


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