I just bought a 1987 O'Day 222. I'd like to install brakes on the trailer. I underestand I need a receiving bracket on the axel and I don't know now if the axel has that. In N.Y. the DOE regulations state that trailers over 3000# need brakes. The O'day 222 with trailer is about 3000#. I wonder why the trailers don't come from the manufacturer with brakes. I have three questions:
1. Should I go with electric or hydraulic surge brakes?
2. Could I bring the trailer to my normal auto-mechanic or is there a special type of company that does these things..like a trailer sales place?
3. I think I could do the installation myself. Has anyone ever tried to install brakes on trailer that has never had them.
Thanks for your thoughts!