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taking a road trip with a trailer??

Discussion in 'Towing' started by RDAY, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. Mar 31, 2011 at 5:25 PM
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    RDAY

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    I am going to ohio to pick up a 1200lb dune buggy. With a 20ft trailer its a 450 mile trip one way. I plan on doing the trip there and back in the same day i do have a hitch and the plug on the back of the truck so the lights and everything will work but will i have a problem going that far without an electronic brake controller?
    Thanks for the help my 1st time taking a trailer ne where
     
  2. Mar 31, 2011 at 5:37 PM
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    Hmm, its not the 440 freeway miles to worry about, nor the predictable red lights.. It could be the surprise stop that you do when a car in front of you stops for a red or such.
    I'm assuming you'll be doing posted speed on the freeway, 75mph?
    I cant bless your trip, or predict how well you drive,but id say its possible , but be ready to follow farther and go slower.Also,what is your states law.

    i'd get the box if you are somewhat unused to towing.The extra stopping distance doesnt seem much , until its downhill and u need a faster stop.
     
  3. Mar 31, 2011 at 5:56 PM
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    our speed limit is 65 on the highway which i usually do about 77 lol but i will def be going about 65 with the trailer the whole way the dune buggy does have a tow bar on it but i believe i would have to have it on the road with plates in order to just tow the dune buggy which would be easier but idk how to get it legal to
     
  4. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:07 PM
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    A lot of smaller trailers don't even have trailer brakes. It's mostly for big heavy equipment trailers and campers like 10000 lbs and up. Just use your gears (go slow) if you fall off a grade and lots of following distance. It's not a problem.
     
  5. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:15 PM
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    Most states have laws that say you need trailer brakes at 3500lbs and up.
     
  6. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:17 PM
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    you will be fine. tow about 2.5k with my 2.7l and dont have nothin haha. and i tow it with a 97.
     
  7. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:21 PM
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    He said it was a 1200 lb load. Even with a heavy ass trailer he would be way under that.
     
  8. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:22 PM
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    I was talking about your statement that said you only need trailer brakes with 10000lbs or more.
     
  9. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:23 PM
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    i tow a lot, with and without trailer brakes. even with a trailer heavier than the buggy itsself, you'll have plenty of stopping power, just remember you have the trailer behind you and you'll be just fine.

    hae fun with the new toy!
     
  11. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:27 PM
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    I wouldn't worry about it. Keep it at the speed limit and you'll be fine. Your stock brakes can handle that load with ease.
     
  12. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:29 PM
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    I would not go over 55 mph to be safe. You should be fine, just keep an eye out for situations that can lead to trouble. Try to plan the trip when the roads are not busy.
     
  13. Mar 31, 2011 at 6:30 PM
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    So ,perhaps 2200 lb combined trailer and buggy. Its around 1/2 your rigs weight, that has a lot of merit to needing a box.A lot of it isnt just the actual weight , but how that weight compares to the tow vehicle. I think its doable as is with no box, for me though I dont like the surprises.

    PS , I saw NY at 1000lb and up on that link above.
     
  14. Apr 1, 2011 at 9:30 AM
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    I towed a trailer with I think about a 3500lbs gross with no brake controller and it was actually scary. The towing (pulling, handling) was fine but any faster than normal stop was scary.... If you have the factory tow package you can just plug and play the controller if you can beg/borrow one.

    At least do a near panic stop from highway speed somewhere safe and empty and get a feel for just how long it will take. Hook up the trailer and do it with the empty trailer first anyways, then figure on the extra weight making it a lot worse.
     
  15. Apr 10, 2011 at 6:22 PM
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    You can probably use Overdrive on the way up and Drive on the way back. I would keep it 60-65 mph. Give yourself some extra room. Keep it in the slow lane and you'll be fine.
     
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