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My towing limit is 2600, but am unfamiliar with the expression 114 on the ball. What does that mean? Is that the tarre weight of the trailer on the tow ball?

Also, the trailer I am looking at does not have breaks, do you think this would be an issue? thats a tarreweight of 750 plus a max load of 1.4=2150. at what weight point should I consider trailer with breaks?

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No Brakes on a trailer is allowed up to 750kilograms Gross Trailer Mass. GTM is the trailer plus it's load minus the ball weight.

The 114 on your tow ball could mean the maximum ball load allowed but not seeing it makes it hard to tell.

So you'll need brakes on the trailer to make it legal. Also find out what the 114 on your tow ball is. Put up a photo!
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114 is the maximum weight permitted on the towball - downforce.

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http://www.ausjeepoffroad.com/forum/...ad.php?t=96940

Any trailer with a GTM over 750 kg must have brakes - usually self activated mechanical overide.

Trailers with a GTM over 2000kg must have electric brakes fitted. This will require a Redark or Tetonksha brake controller fitted to the tow vehicle.

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Definitely add trailer brakes and go for the ones that work off an accelerometer (like redarc), your life is worth it and the law requires it.

The ball weight is how much load the trailer places on the tow ball, this can be easily measure by putting a scale under the jockey wheel before hitching it up with the trailer level. It won't be exact but will be close enough to ensure you are not exceeding it.
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see also:

https://www.caravansplus.com.au/guid...laws-a-46.html

For Vans, but applies to trailers as well.
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All excellent answers, thank you.

Information, clear and to the point.

Nice.

Will be towing tools and ladders and maybe a ride on one day soon. Thanks again
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oo! its 220 not 114. thats better
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oo! its 220 not 114. thats better

that seems pretty high for the towball downward weight.

Quoted from the owners manual

The tongue weight for the 4.0L gasoline (maximum vertical load at the
trailer tow coupling point) must not be less than 97kg but cannot exeed 130kg.


75kg and 100kg for the diesel.

Gross trailer weight is 3250kg for the 4.0l and 2500kg for the diesel.

Good Luck with.

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