Post by jekaldy1964Shasta on Jul 19, 2011 13:14:12 GMT -5
Just purchased and am restoring a 1964 Shasta and have a towing question regarding trailer weight and wether or not brakes are absolutely needed - looking for feedback from people who tow classics without trailer brakes in particular.
My vehicle is a 2007 Subaru, rated to tow up to 1000 lbs "without trailer brakes" and up to 2,700 lbs "with trailer brakes".
I just weighed my Shasta, it is 1,360lbs.
Am I taking too great a safety risk towing it without trailer brakes (car brakes only)?
How about for downhill runs out of the Sierras relying on transmission braking and car brakes only?
Post by 61shastacompact on Jul 19, 2011 20:41:02 GMT -5
Sounds like your Shasta is a Compact judging from the weight. I tow my Compact with my Jeep Cherokee which has a curb weight almost the same as your Subaru (I guessed Forester...). It should do fine except in a very extreme panic stop situation. Keep a good following distance and keep your speeds down to at or below the posted speed limit.
Post by universalexports on Jul 19, 2011 20:55:59 GMT -5
yeah, I tow my 19 footer with a chevy colorado, not a real issue, unless you need to stop quick, just allow ample braking distance before curves, stoplights etc. increase your following distance etc. steep grades and such should'nt be much of an issue, the problem is when the idiot in front of you decides to suddenly stop in the road, or someone pulls right out in front of you.