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Electric vs. Hydraulic brakes on trailer...

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mkwl, Sep 16, 2006.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    Does any company make open tandem landscape trailers with hydraulic brakes insted of electric brakes? Also, how much does it cost to outfit a truck to tow a trailer with electric brakes?


    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    The Cost Will Be High For Electric.
  3. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Not really, just run a wiring harness from the dash to the hitch of your truck and buy a controller. The Tekonsha Prodigy has had good reviews and is just a little under 100$ IIRC.

    Hydraulic brakes are not that good IMO, mainly used where corrosion is an issue i.e. boats trailers.
  4. General Landscaping

    General Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    You can add a hydraulic brake kit, make sure you get the reverse lockout kit too.
  5. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    I agree with this. Couple of rolls of wire, $10 max, Seven Pin Wiring HArness for truck $25, and Brake Controller $75 and up. The $75 to $100 are just as good as the others. So for $100 you can use electric brakes on the truck. Like has been said, must trailers that come with brakes have electric unless they are boat trailers. There may be some other exceptions, but boats are the most common for Hydrolic (Surge) brakes.
  6. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    Ive never seen 1 with hydro breaks. Either air or electric

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