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wing_zealot

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mr_andyj wrote:

Legally, if your trailer has brakes, no matter how light the trailer is, you must have a working brake controller,...
Please provide a citation for your assertion.

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Lots of good misinformation and lack of providing actual info by the OP, who apparently has tired of the discussion and moved on.
Or at very least isn’t furthering their potential solutions by way of this discussion.
Quite common on this forum...


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sparkydave

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Posted: 05/25/21 10:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wing_zealot wrote:

mr_andyj wrote:

Legally, if your trailer has brakes, no matter how light the trailer is, you must have a working brake controller,...
Please provide a citation for your assertion.


Turns out he's not wrong, at least here in Ohio.

https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-4513.20

Does seem a little over-zealous and unenforceable though; the trailer may be light enough that it's not required to have brakes and still be within the capabilities of the tow vehicle, but if it happens to be equipped with brakes you MUST NOT TOW unless you have a brake controller installed. If you go remove the brake hardware, then you're A-OK. That's silly. I knew the breakaway switch was required if it had trailer brakes, but that doesn't depend on the tow vehicle.

I'm sure everyone around here gets a brake controller installed, seeing as how my popup did not originally have brakes (they were an option), but the exact same model now has them as standard equipment.

* This post was edited 05/25/21 10:35am by sparkydave *

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Posted: 05/26/21 12:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Florida:

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Just some more really world experience.

We had an 2009 AWD Traverse. No tow package. Added a hitch and towed a similar sized pop-up. No trailer brakes either. Didn't add a trans cooler or anything else.

Did not have any issues. Pulled great, stopped great, transmission didn't hunt, ran at normal temps. This even included pulling a few grades (at least as much as we get on the east coast)

We really liked the Traverse while we had it.


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