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My father and I built a 14x8 foot trailer for our ATV's. It has two 2,000 lbs axles. 18.5x8x8 inch tires, load range C, load capacity 940 lbs.

Going by my tires I would say my total gross trailer weight is 3,760 lbs. The trailer weighs about 1,750 lbs. empty. That gives me 2,010 lbs. of cargo/payload capacity. Our ATV's weigh roughly 1,600 lbs. That puts my gross weight at 3,350 lbs. Please correct me if I am wrong.

We want to go with electric brakes. My father and I both have factory tow packages on our trucks. Both have the wire set for the electric brake control box.

Will 7 inch brakes fit under my 8 inch rims? Should I put brakes on both axles?

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How many ATVs you gonna haul? most folks round here don't bother with brakes for a couple of ATVs
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Most states 'require' trailer brakes when you get over 3000lbs. I have a trailer rated at 2990lbs, so no brakes. Have I ever towed a little above, yes. Tow vehicle & driving style are real biggies when it comes to safe towing. If a person tows like they drive a sports car that can lead to problems. Another consideration is if you plan on local towing, fairly flat terrain & usually under the 3000 lbs. Of course if you were ever in an accident & your setup was not legal/safe that could be an issue.

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i agree. I wouldnt bother with breaks to carry two 4 wheelers

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Of course if you were ever in an accident & your setup was not legal/safe that could be an issue.
That's my main concern. I carry 5 ATV's, two full size and three kids ATV's.

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I finally got through to the DMV. They said any trailer that weighs over 1,000 lbs. empty has to have brakes. Being that my trailer is for personal use, if I can stop completely in 30 feet going 20 MPH, I only need brakes on one axle. If I was using it commercially, I would be subject to the DOT. They require brakes on both axles.

Now whether I can stop completely in 30 feet going 20 MPH is subject to be seen.



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do yourself a favor and put the electrics on it. no need to have extra wear and tear on you vehicles brake system.
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How many ATVs you gonna haul? i have tried one time with 3 when i was working at 24-hour Roadside Assistance nyc.
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In a panic stop the loaded trailer will be pushing you right into what ever you are trying to stop for so like has been said put brakes on it and be safe.

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well since it got resurrected i'll put mine in

about 90% of people i see hauling atv's and utv's
these days on the highway don't have them properly
tied down or use the cheapest wally world/harbor freight
tie downs they can find, so worrying about emergency/panic
stopping with or without trailer brakes is kind of a moot point.
i pretty much never see any of them with a back up chain.
they'll be flying off and going through the back glass as
soon as the brake pedal gets stomped on with any kind
of force.

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