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Dual axel trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Guzman Properties, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. Guzman Properties

    Guzman Properties LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    On a dual axel trailer, should the brakes be on the front axel or the rear axel?

  2. pclawncare

    pclawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 991

    Mine are on the rear axle
  3. TPS

    TPS LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 363

    If your in NJ and looking at a new trailer, brakes much be on both axles. Thats according to the dealer I ordered mine from.
  4. BentleyOutdoors

    BentleyOutdoors LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    :usflag:Rear here in KY. doesnt matter IMO
  5. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    The better quality trailers have brakes on both axels.
  6. 02DURAMAX

    02DURAMAX LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,801

    Yea my trailer has brakes on both axles..
  7. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I think the rear axle is the norm, not 100% sure what the reasoning is, but I know there's a good one.

    And usually, in most states, the DOT requires brakes on BOTH axles when a trailer is being used for "commercial" use.
  8. Guzman Properties

    Guzman Properties LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    K thanks guys.

    I have a 06 20' enclosed trailer with brakes on both axels.

    I have a 14' dual axle open trailer and just added a set of brakes to the rear axle.

    Guess I'll get another set of brakes and drums, lol.
  9. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,594

    Same here. And I've seen tri-axles with either 2 or all 3 axles with brakes on them. Personal opinion is each and every axle should have them for safety sake.
  10. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Rear axle on mine also......think they are on the back incase you are crossing a low spot or something and the front axle comes off the ground.....the rear will still have contact and breaking......not sure if that is correct or not.........in Virginia on a 2 axle trailer only one must have brakes


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