View Full Version : Electric brakes on a single axel??

03-05-2006, 02:34 PM
Would it be overkill for a mid-size truck pulling a 6X12 trailer to have electric brakes on it?
I think it would be very beneficial and safer especially when carrying a large mulch load.

I'm not very familiar with the current setups but a electric brake conversion kit I'm told runs around $200, looking for some thoughts and advice.

Thanks :usflag:

03-05-2006, 02:52 PM
i have brakes on my 6*12 and they have saved my but more then once

03-05-2006, 03:05 PM
One word NOPE any brakes is better than no no brakes save wear on truck brakes plus a lot safer here in Texas if the trailer is rated more than 3'000 lbs you have to have working brakes on trailer

03-05-2006, 04:12 PM
No its not an over kill, it will cost you a little more in maintenence, but that is a good trade off in the prevention of an accident.


03-05-2006, 08:51 PM
Would you pass on where you can get a brake kit for $200.00.
I am interested in putting them on my 7 x 14.


03-06-2006, 02:57 AM
Would you pass on where you can get a brake kit for $200.00.
I am interested in putting them on my 7 x 14.

B J's Trailer Sales Llc
5940 Highway 109 N
Lebanon, TN, 37087-0507
(615) 444-8794

I saw the electric brake drums for $50.00 each, after talking with a salesperson she said a conversion would be about $200.

I'm checking more into it this week thinking I might could install the kit myself?

03-06-2006, 03:05 AM
go for the brakes!!! ever try stopping a trailer without brakes in the rain fast??? its not fun

03-06-2006, 03:24 AM
I've read a little about "surge brakes"...what is the difference?

Haven't seen a complete conversion kit, I would assume the axle remains the same and the drums mount up to the wheel studs? That I would assume would extend the wheels out somewhat further and longer studs might be needed?
The electrics could use the taillight as a power source but what about adjusting, some type of rheostat is used???

just need to do some more research, thanks all, for the sales job :p