View Full Version : Adding trailer brakes?

11-17-2003, 01:06 AM
I am considering adding brakes to my 6x12 3500 lbs single axle trailer. With all of the equipment I have added, it is pretty much loaded to its max capacity. Although the truck handles it fine, i'm going through brakes too fast and I would like to be able to stop a faster in an emergency.

I would like to know how much it will cost to add brakes and what all is needed.

I was looking at northern tool, and they have 10" disc brakes for $110 (for one side:mad: ), but they appear to be hydraulic and I would want electric (right?) Either way, that price seems kind of steep.

Would it be logical to replace the axle with a new one with electric brakes? I was just searching and found this site (http://www.etrailerpart.com/). They have a 3500lbs axle with electric brakes for $190. That seems reasonable. I could also upgrade to a 5200lbs axle for only $60 more.

I would also have to add a brake controller and plug to the truck.

So what do you think?

EDIT: I found this on their site too (click here (http://www.etrailerpart.com/electricbrakeassemblies.htm). Do you just add these to a standard axle with no brakes? What else would I need?

Randy J
11-17-2003, 09:21 AM
Adding the axle that already has electric brakes would be the easiest, I would think.


11-17-2003, 10:19 AM
call liberty trailer in ltttle rock ar
a buddy told me he got
loaded backing plates
for like 45 a piece x2

if u think u need a 5200 lb axle
u probly should be running
a trailer with tandom axles