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Old 08-22-2011, 07:37 AM
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Adding brakes to a trailer?

I have an 18' tandem axle trailer w/o brakes that I would like to add electric brakes to. First off is this possible and if so what all does it involve?
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:51 PM
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First thing, take a look behind the wheels to see if there are any mounts for brakes. If your lucky the mounts are already there and you can just purchase whatever style brake fits your axle. If you don't have mounts, check the axle manufacturor to see if they have the mount available.

You will need to decide on what type of brake to use...surge, electric, electric/hydraulic. Electric would be the easiest to setup but it really depends on your intended use.
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Old 08-25-2011, 07:41 PM
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My normal load is less than 5k...would you recommend them or will I really even notice a difference? I've never pulled a trailer with electric brakes.
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Do you notice a difference in braking with just the truck and the truck and loaded trailer?
If so, brakes would help.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:37 AM
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Honestly... I pulled 26K from La Grande to Boise without brakes. I have the EBPV Exhaust brake mod, and just ran that and downshifted. Watched my distance and payed attention. Smart, no. But I got it done! I don't even have a controller in my truck.. They're nice to have, don't get me wrong, but if you're trailer isn't set up for them you have to buy new hubs, which last time I priced them are about 150 a piece, give or take a few bucks. They're pretty easy to put on, just pull the old one, pack the new bearings and put it back together, than just run wires. One axle would be more than enough for you. If you aren't comfortable pulling with out brakes then don't, but if 5K is all you ever pull and you're comfortable honestly I wouldn't worry about it.

But it's an easy job, couple hours maybe, and really pretty cheap. Jump on ebay and find used brake hubs. Just know the spindle size of your axle.
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