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Littleguy 5-wide Platform trailer brakes

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c6rant
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I am going to need trailer brakes because the maximum weight I can pull with my 2022 Subaru Outback without them is 1,000 lbs. (2700 with).  I am already estimating my trailer weight at 1288 lbs. and have more to load (maybe 100-200 lbs).  Anyone have any advice/tips regarding type of brakes to use, if the trailer is pre-wired for electric brakes, etc.?  It has a 7-way connector.


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Wildcat
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@c6rant. All I know is that the average 5 wide weighed 900 pounds dry and did not have brakes.  They had 7 way connectors so the battery would charge while driving.  The Rough Riders were heavier and came equipped with brakes, steel plate underneath and 15 inch wheels.  

They do get heavier.  If you have a water tank, 8 pounds per gallon, I have a spare attached by the battery up front, and on the front rack, a storage box and a cooler full of stuff.  My rough rider weighs (loaded) 1600 pounds.

I do not know what people use for brakes on a Five Wide with 13 inch wheels.  If I find info, I will add it if no one knows.


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c6rant
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Thanks @Wildcat.  I have read the manual.  I estimated my trailer's weight at 1,000.  I think the platform model weighed in around 980 lbs., hence the estimate.  I will take the trailer to a local trailer service establishment and get an estimate for the brake installation.  I won't be installing the brakes myself.  I have no idea what the whole enchilada (including controller) will cost, but I am bracing myself.  It's a 2010 model, and I just got new rubber, packed the wheel bearings and installed a roof rack, cargo basket, and home made fork mounts for a couple of bicycles.  I wanted to reduce tongue weight by moving the bikes and spare tire back from the tongue platform and area, where I had been putting them.  Been a busy upgrade kinda year.  I guess it would be nice to attach a photo.  Will attempt that now.

Link to cargo basket: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00029KBGC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Link to roof racks:  https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0002MABL4/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

As you can see, I live in Canada.


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Those look very good.  My roof basket is a skinny one that sits on one side.  The arb awning is on the other side.  It was quite spendy.  The trouble is, on my Rough Rider, I cannot reach to lift stuff up there.  I have a little ladder, but it's difficult to find a place to haul it.  I put stuff up there I don't need very often.


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