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brakes for my trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by jay albers, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. jay albers

    jay albers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 178

    I have a 6x12 trailer and love that little thing. I was thinking of putting electric brakes on it. I have a suburban 2500, the guy i bought it off of hooked it up for electric brakes. Theres a little box on the dash that controlls it.

    So where should I go from here? Do i just need the eletric brakes for my ax then ? any suggesions would be great. thanks, jay
     
  2. matt25738

    matt25738 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    Not sure why you would need brakes for that size trailer. I'm assuming its an open trailer and your hauling just a mower plus small equipment. Generally you only use trailer brakes for larger applications that need additional stopping power. Especially considering your using a Suburban, which has larger brakes, than a small pickup.

    If your determined to put trailer brakes on it, your going to need to do the following:

    - Assuming the trailer doesn't come with any brakes on the axles, your going to need to perform an axle swap with one that is already pre-designed with brakes.
    - Then your going to need to install a converter or brake away box that will supply you with a 6 prong plug instead of the 3 prong your using.
    - Once hooked up set your trailer brake box (in truck) to the lowest setting and adjust accordingly.

    If it was me, (and I also have a 6x12 in my fleet), I wouldn't waste the time. You won't notice enough difference to justify the time that's involved... But that's just my opinion. Hope that helps
     
  3. jay albers

    jay albers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 178

    I was thinking of adding brakes because i live in the poconos and there are alot of moutains I'm going up and down.

    just felt like I needed more braking power going down the moutain.
     
  4. matt25738

    matt25738 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 50

    I understand. It's also pretty hilly here in Birmingham. If you really feel like you need it, actually process of doing the axle swap is very easy.

    I dunno if your truck is equipped with tow/haul mode. But if it does, try using it. It'll help alot.
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  5. jay albers

    jay albers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 178

    ok thanks bud
     
  6. weve

    weve LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 379

    I had brakes installed on my 6 x 12 back in 2001 and am glad that I did. The brakes, controller and installation cost me $340. At present I pull two mowers weighing around 2800 lbs. total.
     
  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,719

    Items you will need, yes I know this because I did this recently.
    1. Buy an electric brake kit. http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200514141_200514141
    2. New trailer plug. http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200312018_200312018
    3. Break away kit. http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200242374_200242374
    4. Find a terminal box as well, it will make everything easier to connect. http://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Hidden-Hitch/38656.html

    These are the parts I used on mine. You can do some research for better pricing and most likely the axle you have has the flange to mount the backer plate to. (square plate with 4 holes near the spindle.) Wiring these up and installing takes about 4 hours and makes pulling a trailer much safer.
     
  8. jay albers

    jay albers LawnSite Member
    Posts: 178

    thats a big help guys! thanks, think im going to do it
     

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