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Trailor brakes

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Lynden-Jeff, May 5, 2006.

  1. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405


    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.

  2. Edgewater

    Edgewater LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 457

    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.
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,190

    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.
  4. oldrustycars

    oldrustycars LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 301

    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.
  5. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 2,372

    Yes, or be prepared to change the brakes on your truck every week
  6. firelwn

    firelwn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 99

    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.
  7. Tharrell

    Tharrell LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,964

    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.
  8. elshauno

    elshauno LawnSite Member
    Posts: 182

    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.
  9. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405


    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.

  10. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    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.

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