I think you will be OK to pull that without a brake controller, a lot of the popups don't have brakes, but I think you could ad the drums and shoes to have electric brakes if you feel you need it. Then you would need the controller. Just remember that you are pulling a 3000 lb weight behind you ,so give plenty of room for stopping and you should be fine. And be careful if you are driving in rain.
My 2016 brakes aren't very good. Dealer says they are normal, I think they suck. I have 20,000 miles now and I am about ready to upgrade my brake pads. If I were to pull a camper locally(50 miles radius) I wouldn't be too concerned about having trailer brakes. I guess if I was going longer distances regularly I would look into adding brakes to the camper just to be safe, but I think the camper is going to be within your towing specs.
Not a law, at least in every state anyway. I think Missouri doesn't require trailer brake on any size trailer. Some states list it as required on any size trailer. In AZ new trailer with over 3000# rating need to have brakes.I bet it has brakes. Any towed unit over 10000lbs is required to have brakes my law. Commercial or personal.
I am getting rid of my small single place tilt snowmobile trailer because it doesn't have breaks. I hate towing it in the mountains without brakes. I feel the push with less than 700lbs.
Not a law, at least in every state anyway. I think Missouri doesn't require trailer brake on any size trailer. Some states list it as required on any size trailer. In AZ new trailer with over 3000# rating need to have brakes.
My parents 1982 pop-up trailer never had brakes. We towed that thing all across the country. My boat sits on a 6000# rated tandem axle trailer and it was built without brakes. But that is also old enough it is probably grandfathered in before any of the trailer brake laws as well.
And here is the fun part, there are no standards for trailer brakes. One axle or all, no one specifies. Electric, hydraulic, I even know of some that are vacuum. And no specifications exist for how effective the brakes must be either.
I had to do a ton of this research (including reading a bunch of DOT manuals) for work a few years back. Amazing what you find when you actually do proper research instead of what the locals tell you. I laugh when someone from California says how suicidal you are if you ever tow a trailer over 55MPH and that is the law. Come over to AZ sometime, we tow trailers at 80 MPH all across the state and it isn't a problem. Except when we pass someone with a set of California plates doing 55 holding up traffic on the road.