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Towing 3,000 lb trailer without trailer brakes?

I have a 6x12 enclosed single axle (no brakes) Wells Cargo that I will tow 4 or 5 times per year behind my 2014 WK2 3.0. The trailer weighs around 1200 lbs empty and typically will just have a couple of dirt bikes in it. So total weight less than 2000 lbs. But occasionally (one per year) I will have the trailer weight near 3000 lbs or so.

I'm all for safety, but I also do not want to install trailer brakes on my trailer, and a controller in my WK2, unless it is really needed.

Share your opinions please.
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:04 PM
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Re: Towing 3,000 lb trailer without trailer brakes?

Check you local/state laws.

That said, I towed a 3,000 lb. boat and trailer combo for quite a few years, with a '76 Monte Carlo with no ill effects.


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Re: Towing 3,000 lb trailer without trailer brakes?

The owners manual says to use trailer brakes if you trailer is over 1,000 lbs.


"If the trailer weighs more than 1,000 lbs (454 kg) loaded, it should have its own brakes and they should be of adequate capacity. Failure to do this could lead to accelerated brake lining wear, higher brake pedal effort, and longer stopping distances"

I'll admit to being foolish once and towing without trailer brakes with our old XJ and it did wear down the brake pads right quick.
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Re: Towing 3,000 lb trailer without trailer brakes?

I can't say for other states but in Pa. any trailer 3000 lbs. and under do not require brakes.

google your state dot dmv etc.
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Re: Towing 3,000 lb trailer without trailer brakes?

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I can't say for other states but in Pa. any trailer 3000 lbs. and under do not require brakes.

google your state dot dmv etc.
State may set the rule on the trailer but that would apply the same for a 1 ton dually so that is a safety rating ONLY for the trailer

If the Jeep manual says that you need trailer brakes above 1000 lbs they are rating the stopping capacity. You may get brake fade and not be able to stop because the brakes have overheated.

I am not saying that will absolutely happen but the OP should know that the manual was likely written with that spec for a reason, that is all.
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Re: Towing 3,000 lb trailer without trailer brakes?

I tow that sized load on a regular basis (just did today for about 80 miles in the rain, both tiny back roads and interstate) - no problems. Don't forget it's back there and be aware, but if "feels" great.


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Re: Towing 3,000 lb trailer without trailer brakes?

while im no lawyer ill guarantee you if someone is injured because you couldnt stop and the manual states that any load over 1000 should have brakes, you my friend will be taking it up the arsehole in court, just something to consider

additionally now its documented on this forum that you have inquired and been informed, so theres no way you could deny knowledge
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Re: Towing 3,000 lb trailer without trailer brakes?

Does it really say 1000lbs?

I've pretty much never seen a 1000ish lbs GVWR trailer with brakes.




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Re: Towing 3,000 lb trailer without trailer brakes?

I was surprised the owners manual had the 1,000 lb limit, but that might make sense since the sticker on the door of my 2014 lists a maximum of 1,050 lbs for passengers and cargo.
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Re: Towing 3,000 lb trailer without trailer brakes?

The owner's manual does not say they are required with more than 1000 lbs. It says they are recommended. It goes on to say that they are required with trailers over 1653 lbs.

I towed the trailer yesterday with a single dirt bike in it, along with tools and gear. It was probably in the 1500 lbs range. The WK2 stopped it EASILY. Matter of fact I could hardly tell that the trailer was back there. I was surprised at how "good" it felt.

I'll likely put brakes on it before I load the trailer up to capacity. I'm a bit disappointed in Jeep for giving us such a puny limitation on trailer weight with no brakes. You'd think they would provide an integral brake controller or at least a decent place to install one.
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Re: Towing 3,000 lb trailer without trailer brakes?

as im sure you are aware thanks to the way things have become with everybody sueing for everything Jeep puts that shit is there to cover there ass
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