Pulling trailer with Air over Hydraulic brakes with 1ton?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mow king, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a 05 F350 and I found a trailer for sale locally (25ft gooseneck equipment trailer). that is equipped with air over hydraulic brakes.

    If I were to buy this trailer, what would I need to add to my truck to operate the brakes? How much would it cost roughly?

    Would it be cheaper/easier to convert the trailer to electric brakes?


    Thanks!
     
  2. CLARK LAWN

    CLARK LAWN LawnSite Silver Member
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    you would be much better off converting the trailer over to electric brakes. to put air in the truck would require a compressor,governor,wet tank, supply tank,gauge in cab plus all the lines and everything. it would be a nightmare!!!
     
  3. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
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    How much would it cost to convert?
     
  4. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
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    5k is a rough estimate ...
     
  5. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
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    $5k to convert the brakes?

    The whole trailer is like $7000 new.
     
  6. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    You are better off with vacuum over hydraulic you would need to install a vacuum pump on the truck.

    There are kits out there that convert the air hyraulic booster to electric hydraulic or like I mention vacuum hydraulic.
     
  7. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
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    To set up the truck for air brakes...just buy a different trailer there is no advantage of having air over hydraulic anyway
     
  8. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
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    How about to convert it to electric brakes?

    I can get a real good price on the trailer.
     
  9. hosejockey2002

    hosejockey2002 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    What is the GVWR on the trailer? If it's set up for air it's probably way too heavy for an F350 to pull effectively.
     
  10. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
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    20k gvw
    6k empty
     

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