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Old 08-23-2020, 07:47 PM
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Hi all,

my first post on the forum—and it is in regard to brakes. I just purchased a used sea ray Sundeck on a venture aluminum trailer. The boat is great, the trailer will be functional, but first I have to fix the surge brakes which do not work at all, and I have to add brakes to the second axle, as the state of PA requires it. I have given some thought to replacing the actuator and cylinders in the drum brakes to see is that is enough to make them work, then adding another T fitting and drum brakes on the second axle. Part of me thinks I should just start from scratch and replace the existing brakes, actuator, lines, etc. and have a complete new install. Any thoughts? Also, I would love to hear some recommendations on places to check about purchasing the parts.
Old 08-23-2020, 07:54 PM
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You might get away with drum brakes in fresh water, but if salt, disc is best, and stainless disc is better.
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I ended up going with Kodiak disc brakes on all 4 axles. I replaced the old broken drum brakes, all lines, the actuator, and new tires. Should be good to go for many years now, hopefully.
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I've had good experiences with e-trailer.com.
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I've had good experiences with e-trailer.com.

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I went from drum brakes on 1 of 2 axles to 12 inch disc Kodiacs on both axles and the difference in stopping ability is tremendous. I'm in FL and the law requires brakes on all axles on trailers over 3K lbs.
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Originally Posted by m9000 View Post
I went from drum brakes on 1 of 2 axles to 12 inch disc Kodiacs on both axles and the difference in stopping ability is tremendous. I'm in FL and the law requires brakes on all axles on trailers over 3K lbs.
The law is the same in PA, but I purchased the boat and trailer in Ohio where the law is different, necessitating the change. I am surprised at how easy they are to install, and the stopping power is great! Can’t even tell it is behind me anymore.

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