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Adding trailer brakes?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by GLS, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    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. 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. Do you just add these to a standard axle with no brakes? What else would I need?
  2. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    Adding the axle that already has electric brakes would be the easiest, I would think.

  3. Potchkins

    Potchkins LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    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

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