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Labor cost to convert surge brakes to electric?

Old 10-09-2019, 04:59 PM
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Default Labor cost to convert surge brakes to electric?

Does anybody have any first hand experience at the labor costs for converting Kodiak surge hydraulic brakes to an electric brake system? I estimate the parts at about $1,000, but have no idea of how many hours of labor are involved. My hydraulic lines and brakes are 16 month old and in good shape, so I am assuming it's just the electrically activated pump that will need changing along with some fittings and electrical connections.
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Old 10-09-2019, 05:33 PM
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I hope you are talking about electric over hydraulic and not straight electric
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Old 10-09-2019, 05:35 PM
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I hope you are talking about electric over hydraulic and not straight electric

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Old 10-09-2019, 05:41 PM
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shhez I just put the Hydrastar unit on my surge brake setup. Parts were 820.00 all in including every - thing down to shrink tubing. Installation time with me doing it was about hour and a half and Big Daddy was youtoubeing it and having a few beers.

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A couple buddies have done it......I don't think it took them more than a hour or 2 working together (I wasn't there)
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I did my own in about 5 hours. It took me some time to decide how/where to mount everything. A guy with some experience should be able to do it in 2-3 hours, Iíd guess. Labor rates vary, so my cost guesstimate is $300-$500. A trailer shop will be lower cost than a boat repair shop.
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Old 10-10-2019, 11:49 AM
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A lot will depend on current trailer condition. If brakes and lines are in good shape, that will cut down on some time. If you already have a 7 way connector and junction box, that will save even more time.

I installed a Hydrastar system with breakaway system a couple months ago. I also needed to replace brake lines and tees. I already had junction box and 7 way. I also replaced the coupler at the same time. All of it was done the same day with daylight to spare.

Honestly, the hardest parts were bleeding the lines (time consuming) and installing the breakaway switch. Instructions for the switch didnít match up well with my system, and this was at the end, so my brain was fried. Took a break and it was obvious then.
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Old 10-11-2019, 01:41 PM
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I forgot about the bleeding part, but I think I was about 4 hours with planning, mounting, wiring and bleeding including the junction box, new tongue, eoh unit, basically everything on a 1 year old trailer.

EOH best thing I’ve done for towing.
New tongue with the automatic lock, a close second for best thing.
Aftermarket jack that raises extra tall, 3rd.
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Originally Posted by redink View Post
EOH best thing Iíve done for towing.
New tongue with the automatic lock, a close second for best thing.
Aftermarket jack that raises extra tall, 3rd.
Iím pretty sure I have that same coupler. It definitely is pretty nice.

I also think I have the same jack. Actually two of them. Makes it a little more stable at full height. If you havenít already, drill a couple of holes in the foot. That will allow rainwater to drain, and should help it last a bit longer.
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