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Electric Brakes Necessary?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by nick-bigfootlawn, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. nick-bigfootlawn

    nick-bigfootlawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 106

    Do I need electric brakes for a single axle trailer?

    WALKER LANDSCAPE LawnSite Bronze Member
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  3. gmcplowtruck

    gmcplowtruck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    what are you haling it with is a nother factor i towed a 12 foot trailer for 6 years with a full size half ton chevy and had no problems
    i just bought a new 16 ft trailer this year and ordered the surge brakes instead of electric makes more sense to me since i tow with a couple of vehicles
    also check with your states laws
  4. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,405

    Little OT but whats the difference between surge and eletric brakes?

  5. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    Personally, after equipping my trailer with electric brakes I will never own a trailer w/o brakes again.

    I tow a Single Axle 12' trailer with an F350 PSD, and I still have brakes on it. It's a lot cheaper to replace the brakes on the trailer than it is to replace them on the truck. It also makes a big difference in braking performance when you've got 3500# behind you.

    Re: differences. Electric brakes are powered from the vehicle and use a magnet to do activate the brakes, surge brakes have a special designed coupler that engages hydraulic brakes based on how hard the trailer is pushing on the tow-ball.

    I prefer electric, so I can have brakes while in reverse.
  6. gmcplowtruck

    gmcplowtruck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    my trailer with surge brakes is equiped with a reverse lock out mechanism which means when im reversing the brakes are disengaged not all surge brakes have that but the one i order does fo the reason i do alot of reversing and was told horror stories about them
    like i said before i got surge brakes because i tow with several vehicles to equip every vehicle with electric brake controlers i would have a fortune into it
  7. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    you can outfit all the trucks with harnesses and then just move the controller to each truck. I'd recommend the Tekonsha Prodigy.
  8. gmcplowtruck

    gmcplowtruck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 174

    but my parents would not want to mount the controllers in there vehicles to get the surge brakes with reverse lockout it cost me $375
  9. chuck bow

    chuck bow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 701

    In Indiana you need electric brakes for single axles and if iam not mistaken any trailer built after 2005 has to have brakes on each axle at least in Indiana they do . Also if you use the trailer for a business ie lawncare and running it as such if you tip the scales RATING at over 10000 pounds you need DOT numbers ( not actual weight or what you are hauling but if truck and trailer combo is RATED at such ) If you dont comply you might meet a friendly DOT guy or gal And likely a Judge to pay your fine, Had a guy i know who didnt have his DOT numbers and got stopped by DOT guys end result 1 ticket and 11 warnings ........ and his truck and trailer looked very nice and safe too

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