Iâ€™ve entered a whole new realm of research while shopping new vehicles. Iâ€™m aware of trailer brakes but traditionally I would just validate vehicle tow ratings. Well, a deeper dive has uncovered this whole braked vs. unbraked topic which seems to reveal that something like a 4Runner with 5000 lb towing is actually rated for much less (like 1600) if the trailer does not have brakes (mine doesnâ€™t.) Just to get an idea I even checked the Tundra manual and found similar info. Now, on top of looking for a new vehicle, Iâ€™m wondering if I need to add brakes to my trailer (2200 Pathfinder TRS on McClain double-axle aluminum).