View Full Version : Trailor brakes

05-05-2006, 11:45 AM

Im about to purchase a 6 by 12 trailor for 1 32/36 inch walk behind and a scag tiger cub. Should I get electric brakes on this? im towing with a V6 S10.


05-05-2006, 05:25 PM
With the S-10 I would want to have the brakes. It will put less work on the truck. Having said that, all my trucks are HD 2500 or 3500. I only have brakes on the tandem axle trailers.

05-05-2006, 06:01 PM
I have had two situations where a single axle trailer has pushed my F250 through an intersection when it first started to rain. It doesn't seem possible but after it happens you watch very carefully. I would get the brakes put on.

05-05-2006, 07:07 PM
another yes vote for brakes. will run you about $500, including the controller in the truck. ive seen some screaming bargains on ebay, you might be able to do it cheaper.

05-05-2006, 11:17 PM
Yes, or be prepared to change the brakes on your truck every week

05-06-2006, 02:12 AM
Brakes onany trailer. I don't care what your hauling. So much better on the truck. There pretty cheap to replace and very very easy.

05-23-2006, 10:35 PM
Before I totalled my 6.5x12 last week I hauled a load of mulch with it. I needed brakes for sure. My 6.5x14 I ordered WILL come with brakes.

05-23-2006, 10:46 PM
With an s10 GET A TRANSMISSION COOLER AND TRAILER BRAKES . Tandem axle is more expensive but worth it in the long run. The s10 4.3 will pull quite a bit but with a transcooler you will have peace of mind that you wont burn your tranny up pulling it. Oh and beef up the leaf springs in the back. Otherwise your rear end will squat down to much.

05-23-2006, 11:25 PM

Ive decided against the s10 and im going with a GMC 1500 4X4 so I will go without brakes on the trailor. Im pretty sure I should have no problem stopping with the 1500 as I won't have a very heavy trailor.


05-24-2006, 12:12 AM
brakes are cheap! accidents are not! i totalled a brand new car (same day off the lot) when I couldn't stop with my 1500 and 6x10 trailer. my new 6x12 had brakes 1 day after I brought it home. i use the brakes when i tow it with my F350 too! it saves the truck brakes which are much more expensive to replace than trailer brakes.

05-24-2006, 12:36 AM
Again any trailer you have pulling over 6k I would suggest breaks. I don't care what your pulling with. s-10 or a ten yard dump. There not that expensive to get installed or replaced.

05-24-2006, 01:40 AM
I hope I won't be pulling over 6K since its only a 3500 lb capacity trailer! I may consider brakes I just have to see what the trailer dealer has to offer.


05-24-2006, 06:17 AM
To add brakes to my new 6.5x14 costs $125 plus a brake controller. Probably $250 total.

05-24-2006, 08:44 AM
Here's the little known fact for you. ANY TRAILER with a 3500 pound or greater axle HAS to have brakes according to D.O.T. Trailer mfg's do not have to install them, but YOU have to have them. If you get in an accident, and the trailer does not have brakes on it, even if it isn't your fault, any litigation lawyer worth a darn is going to make it your fault for failing to follow the law. Don't take my word for it, check out D.O.T. regulations

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05-24-2006, 08:45 AM
I also would reccomend brakes for the trailer

05-24-2006, 10:52 AM

In canada im under the understand trailers do not need brakes unless the combined weight of the vehical and trailer are over 10000 LBS. Also a brake setup is going to cost me 500-700$ from the dealer im getting the trailor from (brakes, brake controller and brake away setup). It might be worth it but if the only consequence is my truck brakes wear out I can change many brake pads for $500.


05-26-2006, 12:09 PM
Try downshifting, it will save your brakes a bit of wear.