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Purchased my first Subaru today, 2017 Outback 2.5 CVT. Once a year I will be towing a trailer to Florida from Pennsylvania for the winter, total weight 1700lbs(aluminum flat trailer with Harley Triglide) I asked the Service manager to install a brake controller while the hitch was being installed and was told it wasn't required for 1700lbs. Anyone towing this much or more without brakes.
 

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Brakes on most cars including the outback are marginal at most.

I highly recommend trailer brakes.

I have trailer brakes on my 2000 lb trailer and hardly ever know the trailer is there when braking.

I believe Pennsylvania and North Carolina require brakes on trailers over 1000 lbs.
 

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Do you buy a new trailer every year? Just wondering how it gets back to PA from FL when spring arrives......:grin2:
 

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I has wagons.
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Yes.
 

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Purchased my first Subaru today, 2017 Outback 2.5 CVT. Once a year I will be towing a trailer to Florida from Pennsylvania for the winter, total weight 1700lbs(aluminum flat trailer with Harley Triglide) I asked the Service manager to install a brake controller while the hitch was being installed and was told it wasn't required for 1700lbs. Anyone towing this much or more without brakes.
It shouldn't be a problem without, but just because something isn't required doesn't mean it's prohibited. Consider going to a specialist and have them add this if you really want it. Next time you have a hitch installed, go there from the git-go.
 

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Do you buy a new trailer every year? Just wondering how it gets back to PA from FL when spring arrives......:grin2:
Not to mention the motorcycle... but since it's a Harley, it's probably shot by then, anyway. ;)
 

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Purchased my first Subaru today, 2017 Outback 2.5 CVT. Once a year I will be towing a trailer to Florida from Pennsylvania for the winter, total weight 1700lbs(aluminum flat trailer with Harley Triglide) I asked the Service manager to install a brake controller while the hitch was being installed and was told it wasn't required for 1700lbs. Anyone towing this much or more without brakes.
Smart money always lines up with safety. Trailer brakes are a good compensation for the undersized rear brakes on Outbacks and Foresters. There is no worse feeling than having your trailer push you under hard braking.

Cheers!
 

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Have probably put close to a million miles of trailers of all sizes over the years, and if there is one thing that I've learned is that a trailer with no brakes is an accident waiting to happen - all you need is one panic stop to find out that the trailer will try to get to the accident before you do.
 

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Agreed... Another issue is drivers driving too fast for their tire ratings and/or driving around on maypops.
 

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If you have a trailer with brakes ... I would seriously consider the trailer brake add on. It would certainly reduce the wear and tear on your vehicles brakes and increase your safety. Going down a large hill with a curve in the road and you need to slow down ... it sure is nice to know the trailer is braking along with you.

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Also ... just to echo what others are saying ...

Coming to stop sign with a loaded trailer with NO trailer brakes ... this can be scary. You've got the brakes to the floor, but the vehicle is still moving.
 
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Just completed my Pennsylvania to Flordia trip towing 1700lbs without brakes, no issues at all on the trip. Once in Daytona I had two instances where someone pulled out in front of me while traveling at about 40mph, got stopped OK but in hard braking you can feel the trailer pushing. Just to be safe I will be installing brakes on the trailer and a controller in the car, so my final determination is it can be done without brakes but I'll feel more secure with the added stopping power
 
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