hello I have a 1994 aliner sport model. I would like to install electric brakes. the trailer is only 800lbs. when loaded it can be hard to stop, with a small car. It has al-ko axle. it also has the 4 bolt flange installed. the tires are 165/80d13 and wheels seem to have a 2 1/2 bolt pattern? looking back I wish I would of got this option. Is this job possible? and can I get a kit everthing needed from etrailer thanks ps. I would like to tow this with a my 07 pontiac vibe.
asked by: James B
There are several parts you will need to add electric brakes to a trailer. First, you need to replace the idler hubs with a hub and drum assembly. The hub and drum assembly that you need will depending on the bearing numbers stamped into the metal of the inner and outer bearings. I have included a link to a video that will help.
After you have determine the correct hub and drum assemblies, finding the other parts will be easy. Since you already have a brake mounting flange, you will not need to have them welded on. I have included a link to an FAQ article that covers the parts needed.
You will also want to add a 7-Way trailer connector to the trailer because the vehicle is going to need one as well. You can use the Hopkins 7-Way, # H20046. I have included a link to a video that shows a typical installation. Be sure to check the color code/function chart on the product page because wire colors rarely match up color for color.
On the Vibe, you will need to add a brake controller. If you need to add a 4-Way, use # 118458. I have linked the instructions for you. After installation, or if you already have a 4-Way, you will then need to install a 4 and 7-Way installation kit, # ETBC7.
For a trailer brake controller, I recommend the P2, # 90885. It is one of our most popular controllers because it is easy to set up and easy to use. I have included some links that will help with the ETBC7 and brake controller installation for you.
expert reply by: Michael H
Products Referenced in This Question
Trailer Hitch Wiring
2 - 8 Brakes
10 Gauge Wire
Brake Controller Wiring
Wired to Brake Controller
Trailer End Connector
8 Feet Long
Plug and Lead
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Electric Drum Brakes
Left Hand Side
7 x 1-1/4 Inch
2000 lbs Axle
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