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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:03 pm    Post subject: Trailer Disc Brake Conversion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have a 10K trailer with electric drum brakes, that have not been any good for a few years. I am considering converting to hydraulic disc brakes, either surge or electric/hydraulic. Has anyone else made this conversion? Where did you getyour parts? Results?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:58 am    Post subject: Re: Trailer Disc Brake Conversion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Can't help you on disc, but stay away from the surge brakes. Got it on my trailer. Better than nothing but the next trailer will have Eletric over hyd. Also here in michigan surge brakes are illegal over so many pounds. Don't remember what that number is.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 9:34 am    Post subject: Re: Trailer Disc Brake Conversion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

They are pretty much illegal anywhere because they can't be activated separately from the truck brakes.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 3:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Trailer Disc Brake Conversion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Put electric over hyd on my 10k axles would not use anything else, they are great. mine are drum,didn't know how disc brskes would hold up on gravel roads.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:12 am    Post subject: Re: Trailer Disc Brake Conversion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Really doubt I would waste the money for only a 10K trailer. If you have your brakes fixed up right, drum brakes should be fine on that trailer.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:52 am    Post subject: Re: Trailer Disc Brake Conversion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

All the larger U-haul trailers have surge brakes.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:53 am    Post subject: Re: Trailer Disc Brake Conversion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I had an Interstate tandem dual gooseneck with electric over hydraulic disc. 26,000 trailer. I now have a 16,000 PJ with electric drum. If I had it to do over, I would have ordered the electric/hyd. disc on the PJ. Difference between day and night. Upgrade on a used 10,000 trailer? Probably not. Cost to rebuild elec. vs. total replace is a lot different.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Trailer Disc Brake Conversion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Used to know a guy who claimed his electric/hydraulic brakes would lock up and skid all 8 tires with a fully weighted Magnum on the deck.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Trailer Disc Brake Conversion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Scot once again you are the purveyor of false information
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Trailer Disc Brake Conversion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have pulled several U-Haul trailers with surge brakes and they are a pain in the neck. Every time you go to backup you have to get out and lock a pin to backup.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:04 am    Post subject: Re: Trailer Disc Brake Conversion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for the feedback, the cost to retrofit is about $2K, too much to spend on a used trailer. I have not been able to find any new or used tag trailers with elec/hyd brakes advertised.
I think I am going to rebuild with new wiring, and new 7K backing plates.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:49 am    Post subject: Re: Trailer Disc Brake Conversion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Here is a place to order brake parts from.

Bob
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