Brakes are also required by law if you exceed a certain weight. Some states are as low as 1500 pounds. They not only have to be there but they have to work. very few people are ever busted for it BUT if you happen to have an accident and they check you can be in big trouble. Perhaps a child darts out in front of you and you were to close to stop, the lack of trailer brakes could change no charges to traffic manslaughter. Hopefully this would never happen but it is possible.
After 40 years of pulling some sort of trailer, I never knew it was a law. I did read up on it and if the trailer is 40% or more then brakes are required. My truck is right at 7900 so maybe my junky camper won’t push close to 3200. I also read that the brakes must lock if the trailer comes lose from the tow vehicle. How is that done with electric brakes? Hydraulic surge brakes have a safety line lock on them.
First answer electric brake trailers are required to have a Break Away switch and a trailer mounted battery capable of applying the brakes. It works like a surge brake set up only the lanyard pulls the switch if trailer comes loose. Most States do not use a percentage of weight most now have a maximum weight before Brakes are required. Some states are as low as 1500 lbs others are higher a lot are in the 2000 to 2500 range. AAA used to keep a current list available on line of all trailer requirements for different states, not certain if still there or not. Also another advantage to electric brakes is if you develop a sudden sway a light application of the trailer brakes will some times help you regain control.
Seems like a good leaf spring topic to jump in on,with 3.5 axle under aloha will need slightly stronger 2" springs which seem rather elusive to find.Slipper springs are 2" yet not avail in dbl eye.Would rather be done with frame than cut/weld/install new ready avail 1.75's? All your thoughts on rare spring replacements appreciated,,,marc