Really watch your max rating because there are parts of the country they will pull you over and make you unload if they think you are over gross weight. Remember, the curb weight of the vehicle, and all your gear in it, counts towards that total. I wouldn't think of pulling without a brake controller, but then I pull a massive trailer (41 ft long GN steel trailer, 4H slant in the back and 26 ft of LQ, it's nearly 10,000 lbs by itself). I use a Tekonsha Voyager brake controller, it's good for anywhere from 1 up to 8 brakes (4 axles) and is inertia activated. With that massive trailer behind me I still come to a stop smooth as can be as if there is nothing behind me. Been very happy with it. As with any towing, make sure you service your brakes and transmission on a regular basis.