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Posted: 08/03/22 02:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gdetrailer wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

Gdetrailer wrote:

No accidents, no world ending crash, no one killed or maimed, no ambulance chasing lawyers chasing me down.


Getting away with something and it being a good idea are different things.


Do you go 1 MPH over the speed limit?

That is also not a good idea and I suspect that you and pretty much everyone else reading this forum (including myself)has been guilty of at least one time doing that in your, theirs and my lifetime.

Every day you are able to wake up ABOVE the ground, you are "cheating" death or "getting one over death" each time.

There was also a time where vehicles had no seat belts, no air bags, no ABS, no blackbox nanny to tattle tell on you if you went 1 MPH over the speed limit.. heck as a kid, I rode on my parents lap in vehicles which had all steel dashes and yes, lived to tell the tale of it.

One trailer brake down out of four does not constitute an emergency, it does mean one needs to adjust/adapt their driving style to the situation and drive more cautious. The vehicles brakes unless you are severely way overloaded to start with are sufficient to handle the vehicle weight plus some of the weight of the trailer.. You simply will not be able to stop as fast and it will take longer distance to stop.. Keeping the towing speed LOW (IE under the speed limit) reduces the stopping distance even with partially impaired trailer brakes.

There ARE times where making repairs to full brakes is not safe or possible. OP has a real oddball and would need to find a trailer dealer that deals with Lippert 4,400 lb axles.. Most trailer shops deal with Dexter or the more popular Lippert 3,500 or Lippert 5,000 lb axles and will have those parts in stock.. That 4,400 lb axle is a pretty specific need and OP most likely will need to order and wait on the parts.

My case, it wasn't safe to pull off on the side of a highway on the berm with vehicles zooming past at 70MPH-80MPH till I figured out if it was wiring or failed part inside the drum.. People routinely get KILLED changing tires on the side of the road daily..

No brakes at all on the trailer would be entirely different conversation and is not the case of the OPs situation.



Oh the humanity.......

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Posted: 08/03/22 06:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gdetrailer wrote:

valhalla360 wrote:

Gdetrailer wrote:

No accidents, no world ending crash, no one killed or maimed, no ambulance chasing lawyers chasing me down.


Getting away with something and it being a good idea are different things.


Do you go 1 MPH over the speed limit?

That is also not a good idea and I suspect that you and pretty much everyone else reading this forum (including myself)has been guilty of at least one time doing that in your, theirs and my lifetime.


Ironically, studies show the safest speed is going about 5mph above the average but since everyone can't go faster than the average...without changing the average, keeping pace with traffic if your best bet.

But in reality having a faulty brake and going a couple mph above the speed limit are very different things.

As mentioned in my first post, depends greatly on when and where you are driving.


Tammy & Mike
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