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post #6 of Old 01-27-2013
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Re: Trailer Brakes

We had surge brakes and they are simple if maintained properly, such as fluid and shoe adjustment. It was, however, somewhat hard to tell exactly how hard they were braking although we never had our towing vehicles brakes heat up. Ours had an interlock lever that allowed you to back up a hill with no problem. After the expense of retrofitting brakes,
which may or may not be compatible with the trailer's design, you might want to explore the possibility of a new or used trailer properly equipped with brakes. If you retrofit, a trailer manufacturer might be a good source for parts and fabrication. Also, I have read NOT to use surge brakes if you have a load equalizing hitch

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