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Unread 08-25-2008, 11:37 AM   #1
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~ Brake assist systems ~

I am new to this forum, and tried the search feature. No luck.

I am pulling my '88YJ behind my F250 4X4/460ci with a Lance cabover camper.
I was told the law in California is anything over 1500lbs needs to have a breakaway saftey and brake assistance device.

I'm sure there are some less expensive systems other than the $1500 BrakeBuddy device.


If you watch the video, does his Jeep REALLY weigh 6,000 pounds?

What are you seasond Jeep owners using if anything?

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Unread 08-27-2008, 02:23 PM   #2
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Towing regulations requiring brakes apply to trailers and other towed devices. Towed vehicles do not require brakes, as long as they can stop within the prescribed distances.

No matter what trailer brake manufacturers, dealers or other "experts" may tell you, a motor vehicle being towed 4 down DOES NOT REQUIRE SUPPLEMENTAL BRAKES!

Here's the California law:

26458. (a) The braking system on every motor vehicle used to tow
another vehicle shall be so arranged that one control on the towing
vehicle shall, when applied, operate all the service brakes on the
power unit and combination of vehicles when either or both of the
following conditions exist:
(1) The towing vehicle is required to be equipped with power
(2) The towed vehicle is required to be equipped with brakes and
is equipped with power brakes.
(b) Subdivision (a) shall not be construed to prohibit motor
vehicles from being equipped with an additional control to be used to
operate the brakes on the trailer or trailers.
(c) Subdivision (a) does not apply to any of the following
combinations of vehicles, if the combination of vehicles meets the
stopping distance requirements of Section 26454:
(1) Vehicles engaged in driveaway-towaway operations.
(2) Disabled vehicles, while being towed.
(3) Towed motor vehicles.

Usual Disclaimer: There may be some states that require brakes on towed VEHICLES, but I have yet to find one. (Which doesn't necessarily mean such requirements don't exist)
Alan BoatCop
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Unread 08-30-2008, 12:40 AM   #3
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Thanks BoatCop, you rock!

So I'm pretty sure my '96 F250 4X4 with 35X12 inch tires can stop my jeep pretty quick. I took it for a test tow the other day, with my Lance cabover camper on the truck, got up to about 50 and hit the brakes pretty hard. Not locking them up, but pretty hard. The Jeep stayed straight, and it stopped really quickly.
The BrakeBuddy system would be a good investment for the extra safety, if I find another one on CraigsList (sold for $150, doh!).
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