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Brake issue when towing...

I'm getting a burnt brake smell after an hour towing my 17ft aluminum bass boat (about 1,800lbs w trailer.)
Trailer does not have brakes (I know, I know, it'd be better/safer with...)
I read on other threads discussion about wrong size brake pads for double calipers, etc... Could that be the issue here?
My '16 AWD LWB is a Certified purchase from this past Fall, didn't see any brake job services on its one owner history. This is the first time towing with it over a few minutes. Never had any smell like this towing before with different rides (like what you smell from tractor trailer rigs with brake issues...)
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You may not have enough raw brake capacity to hold back the weight pushing on you and the vehicle

What do the rotor faces look like, they flat-smooth-clean, or brown rusty where friction is lost

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You may not have enough raw brake capacity to hold back the weight pushing on you and the vehicle

What do the rotor faces look like, they flat-smooth-clean, or brown rusty where friction is lost
Thanks sbr. Rotor faces are all flat, smooth and clean. I would think the SF should have enough brake capacity for this fairly light load. My Rav4 V6 towed the same load no problem.
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May have used cheap pads at time of Used car inspect that have poor friction co-efficient ability..

Maybe look for a better quality pad that offer better grip (stopping power),, and change fluid in the entire syatem from cap to bleed screw with DOT-4 which offer a higher boil point as opposed to DOT-3

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Thanks. I'll get the whole brake system checked and upgraded. Sounds like a good move.
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SBR may have it right as far as the brake pads are concerned. Used Car managers typically take the cheapest route to meet the Certified specification.

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You answered your own question when you said you should have trailer brakes.

How many passengers and how much gear and weight to add to the 1800 lbs?

What type of terrain - flat, or hills, mountains?

Then add the factors like wind, rain, curved road, hot weather, reduced visibility, etc.

Do yourself and those you love a favor - get trailer brakes.

Check your local laws - may be required. Laws vary from state to state but common sense rules.

Trailer manufacturers are very negligent and cut corners on tires and brakes - all to save money and meet a price point.

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Agreed, Grandpa
My trailer is legal as is, but will look further into brakes for it. Initial inquiry makes me think new/used trailer with brakes...
In the meantime, top of the line Wagner heavy duty brake pads and rotors turned have taken care of the burnt smell issues (for now...)
Thanks to all for comments.
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