Electric brakes on a single axel??

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by bugspit, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 767

    Would it be overkill for a mid-size truck pulling a 6X12 trailer to have electric brakes on it?
    I think it would be very beneficial and safer especially when carrying a large mulch load.

    I'm not very familiar with the current setups but a electric brake conversion kit I'm told runs around $200, looking for some thoughts and advice.

    Thanks :usflag:

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    i have brakes on my 6*12 and they have saved my but more then once
  3. twj721

    twj721 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    One word NOPE any brakes is better than no no brakes save wear on truck brakes plus a lot safer here in Texas if the trailer is rated more than 3'000 lbs you have to have working brakes on trailer
  4. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    No its not an over kill, it will cost you a little more in maintenence, but that is a good trade off in the prevention of an accident.

  5. kipper

    kipper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    Would you pass on where you can get a brake kit for $200.00.
    I am interested in putting them on my 7 x 14.

  6. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 767

    B J's Trailer Sales Llc
    5940 Highway 109 N
    Lebanon, TN, 37087-0507
    (615) 444-8794

    I saw the electric brake drums for $50.00 each, after talking with a salesperson she said a conversion would be about $200.

    I'm checking more into it this week thinking I might could install the kit myself?
  7. CAG

    CAG LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 344

    go for the brakes!!! ever try stopping a trailer without brakes in the rain fast??? its not fun
  8. bugspit

    bugspit LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 767

    I've read a little about "surge brakes"...what is the difference?

    Haven't seen a complete conversion kit, I would assume the axle remains the same and the drums mount up to the wheel studs? That I would assume would extend the wheels out somewhat further and longer studs might be needed?
    The electrics could use the taillight as a power source but what about adjusting, some type of rheostat is used???

    just need to do some more research, thanks all, for the sales job :p

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