Making my own trailer


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Making my own trailer

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I was wondering does anybody have electric brakes on the trailer I'm building a trailer is it a good idea to have brakes on it or should I not if so how do you go about wiring it!


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You can add a brake controller to the bike and use standard electric trailer brakes.
Another option is use surge brakes on the trailer, then nothing needs to be done to the bike.
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What's is a surge brake?
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matdirt wrote: Sun Jan 09, 2022 2:46 am What's is a surge brake?
I believe he was referring to hydraulically actuated brakes. The trailer coupler has a master cylinder and acts like the brake pedal in your car.
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That's what I thought I never heard that called that before thanks for the info
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My camper fully loaded is probably 550 Lbs, the 1500 brakes are adequate for that load but I don't think I'd want to pull much more than that without trailer brakes.

They'd be nice to have but my trailer has the smaller size 8" wheels, not sure I could fit any brakes to it.

If your total anticipated trailer load is under 500 lbs I'd call trailer brakes "optional".
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There are hydraulic as well as electric surge brakes. As was mentioned these are actuated by the surge of the trailer against the bike with either a master cylinder in the coupler or an electric controller on the trailer. The nice thing is they self adjust to any load and require no modifications to the bike. One downside is that they can apply the brakes when backing up, but there are ways to prevent that if needed. Usually, it's not an issue.
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Hey thanks for the info guys I don't think my trailer is going to be over 500 lb but I'll let you know


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