I've read a few threads on this subject, but I want to get some more recent feedback. I have a 1999 Ram 2500(24 valve of course) that is basically pure stock. Yesterday due to unexpected circumstances I had to tow a buddies jeep(3500#) with a car hauler that I believe weighs 1500#. This trailer did not have brakes on it. My truck towed it just fine and I was able to stop well within my comfort with the essentially 5000 pound trailer. Question 1)If legally you need brakes when over 3000#, why are there so many trailers that can carry significantly over this and they don't have any brakes? Question 2) If I lived in mountainous terrain I probably wouldn't even be asking, but since I'm in flat land oh well. What is your max personal limitation on how much you'll tow without trailer brakes on one of these older 2500s/3/4 ton trucks? P.S. I'm looking at borrowing a buddies trailer to tow some atv's a good 300 miles. The trailer alone weighs 2800 pounds without anything on it and yet has no brakes. WTH? I'm guessing someone removed them at some point b/c I find it hard to believe a 2800 pound trailer came with no brakes. Thanks.