Just speculating/dreaming here......
I eventually want to get an enclosed trailer. A few years ago I would have started looking at a tandem axle trailer 16'-18' long. I have no need to haul anything that heavy or long anymore so am looking at smaller. I think I could get by with a 6'x10' or 6'x12' once I do some more figuring.
To the question at hand - looking at trailers on-line I see that all the single axle trailers with a standard 3500# axle don't have brakes - only when you get to tandem axle. I know I probably don't need brakes on a single axle trailer but I want them....bear with me a minute...
The brakes on my '09 F-150 Crew Cab are anemic at best. From what I understand the 2009 model year was kind of a transition truck from the 2008 and earlier model years in that they used the same hub/brake size. In 2010 they went to a larger hub/brake size. Yeah, the truck stops OK but on a good hill coming to a traffic light and such it just seems that it takes an awful lot of pressure on the pedal and takes a while to stop which I am used to now. And yes - have already had the front rotors/pads replaced. Also reading on forums this seems to be the general consensus with the brakes on this model year.
So pulling a trailer that can weight 3000# of more I am not confident. I am a firm believer in trailer brakes.
This is the size type of trailer I am looking at - hoping to find a good deal used.
HOMESTEADER CARGO TRAILER
And here are the best specs I can find on that trailer.
What would it take to add brakes to a trailer like this? Is it add on equipment or would the entire axle have to be replaced? I guess if needed replaced I might be better off pricing out a new custom trailer the way I want but trying to keep the cost down. A good condition used trailer would be better for me for the limited/occasional use it would get.