I have a trailer that will handle 2000#, and weighs about 2800# with a full load. I used to pull it loaded all the time with an 86.5 Hardbody with a 4 cylinder. The only time I ever had a problem was once on wet roads, with an empty bed in the pickup. I pull same trailer with my 04 CC and I have never felt the need for trailer brakes. I'm sure I would be safer with them, but they wouldn't have helped when the wheel came off my trailer.