Trucks & Trailers - swap trailer brakes?

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AtoZ
03-18-2011, 07:43 PM
Last year I bought a boat and had to replace the entire breaking system including the surge master cylinder. I now have an opportunity to get a better trailer but it does noy have any brakes. Can I easily swap the brakes? I assume I would have to have the surge cylinder section cut off and welded on to the new trailer.


seaeagle2
03-18-2011, 08:10 PM
Some of actuators are just bolted on. I'm probably wrong, but if you have to cut if off the old one and weld in on the new one, it might be less hassle to just buy a new bolt on one. Honestly, if you shop around, and you time has any value, it might be cheaper to just buy all new...

rwidman
03-19-2011, 04:58 AM
Last year I bought a boat and had to replace the entire breaking system including the surge master cylinder. I now have an opportunity to get a better trailer but it does noy have any brakes. Can I easily swap the brakes? I assume I would have to have the surge cylinder section cut off and welded on to the new trailer.

First, check the axle on the trailer you intend to buy. If it doesn't have brake flanges at each end, you will need to replace it with one that does.

As for swaping out the brakes, your old trailer is worth more with brakes than without and you're doubling the labor by removing them and installing them on the new trailer.

Your best bet is to leave the old trailer as it is and buy new brakes for the new trailer if it can accomodate brakes.




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