brakes on camper trailers,

Submitted: Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 20:57
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can anyone tell me if they don't have brakes on there camper trailer and wish they did. just ordered a new one and adding things to it now . and electric over override brakes. with electric the tow vehicle has to be fitted with a controler that i have in mine but kids will be borrowing trailer from time to time, and haven't had override brakes before so know nothing about them. thanks in advance.
Peter
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:07

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:07
None on mine and never had any problems.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic)&Kath - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 15:46

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 15:46
Yet, Brewman. You forgot that word. Doun't court trouble.
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Reply By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:09

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:09
No brakes on ours either and not thinking of putting them on .
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Follow Up By: Member - Nick (TAS) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:10

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:10
And to add to it, half the campers and smaller caravans you see with brakes, they dont work anyway.
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:09

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:09
None on mine either but it weighs less than 750kg which is the point at which they are required to have brakes.
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Reply By: sleepy1 - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:26

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 21:26
thanks everyone, very helpful indeed. cheers
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 22:15

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 22:15
Pete if driving in steep hill country electric brakes can be very handy & are alot safer. For a camper over 750 kg simple over ride brakes will do for general touring. Under 750 particually being towed by a full sized 4 wheel drive they could well be done without.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 13:06

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 13:06
I dont have them & wont be fitting them, but weight is under the statutory (NSW) 750kg. No problems towing it with Jack or
4cyl sedan. Check your weight as requirements vary as weight increases.....oldbaz.
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Reply By: Member - Olcoolone (S.A) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 22:49

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 22:49
Our Trak Shak has electric brakes and I would not be with out them, the Hilux with the camper pulls up better then the Hilux by itself.


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Reply By: Trekkie (Member - WA) - Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 22:52

Monday, Jun 09, 2008 at 22:52
Sleepy - A lot will depend on the towing vehicle and the weight of the trailer - my Kimberley has hydraulic override discs. Often if I am on sandy tracks I turn off the brakes as it makes for smoother towing and when I get back on to gravel or black top I really notice the difference and with a capable heavy towing vehicle I could live without the trailer brakes - would I go without - NO
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Reply By: Outa Bounds - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 15:34

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 15:34
If your camper is heavy enough to require them then no question, I'd get the brakes, just a matter of what sort. If switching between cars is an issue just go for mechanical brakes.

We have mech brakes on the current one and I know that particularly in hilly country, a heavy loaded car towing a loaded camper is when Hubby certainly does appreciate having them.

However what someone said about most not working, it's true, there are things you probably need to do to keep the brakes in good condition particularly if they're not used for long periods at a time - the discs can glaze over etc.
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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 15:46

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 15:46
Peter


I do not have brakes on my camper trailer but wish I did.

It would be a lot safer with brakes.


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Follow Up By: Krakka - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 19:18

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 19:18
It is easy enough to have them fitted, Peace of mind is easy fixed in this case.
Cheers Krakka
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Reply By: escapesilv - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 20:13

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 at 20:13
Hi guys. I have a camper (Tambo ) and don't have brakes on it, its all ok but , I would if I had the choice.
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