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Looking to buy a car tow dolly that I intend to pull with a Thor Chateau 31Y... my question is pretty simple: do I need to outfit the dolly with electric brakes or can I operate safely without, given that I'll be towing a Ford Focus under 3,000 lbs?
In Virginia if the gross weight (dolly plus car) is 3000 lbs or more auxillary brakes are required. Since the curb weight of a 2018 Ford Focus is somewhere between 2,935 to 3,434 lbs I would say brakes are legally required.
Also, some insurance carriers will not cover a tow vehicle unless auxillary brakes are used.
You can get a dolly with surge brakes and not have to worry about brake controller etc...