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  • Brake Controller Solution for 2017 Chevy Silverado that Doesn't Like Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • Factory integrated brake controllers in newer trucks are not always reliable with electric over hydraulic actuators. The newer trucks mostly all say their integrated controllers work with the EOH setups but we've found that it isn't always the case. What you described happening is an example of an integrated controller not working right with the actuator so an aftermarket controller will be your best option. The Prodigy P3 part # 90195 will be your best option. This is our most reliable...
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  • Replacement for Atwood 82543 Surge Brake Actuator
  • The closest option we have to replace your Atwood 82543 actuator is part # 8605001, which is the item you referenced. However, this actuator doesn't have the lockout like your Atwood does. For one with a lockout use # T4339720 but it's an electric lockout. It wires into the reverse lights on your vehicle via the circuit on your trailer connector.
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  • Recommended Replacement Brake Actuating Surge Coupler for Atwood 85778
  • Thanks for the photo. That is a great help for getting you the correct replacement. I recommend the Demco Hydraulic Trailer Brake Actuator - Drum Brakes - Zinc Plated - 2" Ball - 6,000 lbs # 8605001 for a nickel plated option. This coupler does not have the reverse lockout, so you will need to add it using the Replacement Solenoid Valve for Titan Brake Actuators with Reverse Lockouts # T4748800 and the shield # T4835800183. We don't have any Atwood replacement master cylinders...
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  • Comparing the HydraStar Hydraulic Actuator and the Titan BrakeRite Hydraulic Actuator
  • It looks like you have certainly done your research in regards to the HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator and the Titan BrakeRite EHB Electric-Hydraulic Actuator. Unfortunately, we do not exactly do extensive testing on either actuator therefore our knowledge comes from the manufacture and the reviews our customers submit on them. In regards to the Titan BrakeRite EHB Electric-Hydraulic Actuator you only have two options which is part # T4822500 (1,000 psi) if you have drum brakes...
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  • Brake Controller Compatibility with EOH Trailer Brake Actuators
  • Some trailer brake controllers, including many factory-installed models, will not work with an electric-over-hydraulic type trailer brake actuator like the Hydrastar # HBA16. EOH actuators like this present a very different electrical load to the brake circuit than a typical electric drum brake and some brake controllers simply won't work. Others can be made to work with an electrical adapter like # HBA-CAM. You will want to confirm that the controller you are using has an EOH setting...
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  • Surge Brake Actuator to Replace Atwood 82543
  • The closest option we have to replace your Atwood 82543 actuator is part # 8605001. However, it doesn't have the lockout like your Atwood does. For one with a lockout use # T4339720 but it's an electric lockout unlike the Atwood's manual lockout. It wires into the reverse light circuit on your truck through the trailer connector. I've attached videos of both actuators for you to take a look at.
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  • Replacement for Atwood 61101 Brake Actuator
  • The Demco Hydraulic Trailer Brake Actuator part # 8605001 should be a direct replacement for the Atwood 61101 Brake Actuator that you have now. This is a bolt on option that mounts on 3" centers. The review you are referring to, the customer did indeed weld the brake actuator to his tongue but this is not required for installation because it is a bolt-on actuator. Unfortunately, we do no offer a bolt-on brake actuator for drum brakes with a manual lockout that will work for you therefore...
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  • Replacement for Atwood Surge Brake Actuator 82541
  • It sounds like you have free backing braking assemblies on your trailer so a lockout at the trailer coupler is not needed. In order to replace the Atwood Surge Brake Actuator 82541, I recommend using the Titan Leverlock Brake Actuator part # T43329007K although the Brake Actuator with Manual Lockout part # T4500600 would work as well. The Leverlock is more cost effective and has an easier to use latching mechanism in my opinion. The mounting bolt holes on the Leverlock are 3" apart...
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  • Can Titan Model 10 Actuator be Locked Out When Backing Up
  • You can pretty easily add an electric lockout to the Titan Model 10 actuator part # T2478100. For that all you would need is the part # T4748800. This will then allow you back up a hill without the brakes locking up.
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  • Does Titan Model 6 Actuator Need Reverse Lock Out Solenoid
  • If you want to be able to back your trailer up without the brakes applying you will need the lock out solenoid part # T4748800 with your actuator part # T4079200. Otherwise your brakes will lock up every time your trailer gets reversed.
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  • Replacement for Mastercraft Boat Trailer Reliable Model ACT-6k Disc Brake Compatible Surge Coupler
  • For your 2003 MasterCraft trailer, the replacement surge brake actuating coupler you need is the Titan Swing-Away Actuator w/ Electric Lockout # T4839100 based on what I can find online. This coupler is designed for disc brakes and has a capacity of up to 7,500 lbs. It is a bolt on assembly for a 2 inch hitch ball. I've attached a video review of this coupler and it mounts to 3 inch wide channel tongues. If you have a 3x3 inch channel, you will need two spacers # T4842100, and if...
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  • Install Video to Use as Guide for Installing Titan Model 60 Actuator
  • I have attached an install video to this page for you to check out that you can use as a guide for installing the Titan Model 60 actuator part # T4339720 that you referenced. The video shows a very similar Demco coupler part # 8605001 but the couplers install in basically the exact same way.
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  • Adapter for Allowing Ford Integrated Brake Controller to Recognize Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator
  • Most newer truck manufacturers have made their integrated brake controllers compatible with electric over hydraulic actuators like the Hydrastar # HBA16 that you mentioned but we have found that it's not always consistent that they will work without issue. Best solution we have for you would be to use the adapter part # HBA-CAM which is designed for integrated Ford brake controllers like you have. Once installed your truck will recognize that a trailer is connected.
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  • What is the Difference Between a Manual Lockout and No Lockout Brake Actuator
  • A brake actuator with a manual lockout, like part # T4500600, will have a lockout lever on the actuator that prevents the internal spring and shock from engaging the master cylinder when backing up (see photo). A no lockout brake actuator, like part # 8605001, does not have this feature, so the trailer would either need free-backing brakes or an electric lockout solenoid like part # DM11993 to keep the brakes from locking up while in reverse. Backing up a trailer with hydraulic surge...
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  • Comparing Demco and Titan Disc Brake Actuators with Electric Lockouts
  • That is a tough question to answer as both are excellent manufacturers with their respective pros/cons. In regards to brake actuators, they both make and manufacture them here in the U.S.A. and they both come with a one year warranty. In regards to differences, Demco makes a wide range of different trailer and towing products whereas Titan specializes more in trailer brakes. WIth that being said we have had more positive feedback from Titan products in regards to trailer brakes, actuator...
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  • Replacement Parts for Balcrank 16006 Brake Actuator
  • To replace your surge brakes there are a few things you'll need to know, the first being if you have drum or disc brakes. You can then choose the correct disc or drum brake assembly; you'll need to know your axle capacity and wheel size for either. You will also need to know your bolt flange pattern and drum size if you have drum brakes. You will then need the correct brake actuator and a brake line kit, which is going to be different if you have disc or drum brakes. I have added links...
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  • Adding Manual Lockout to Surge Brake Actuator
  • The reason there are different actuators for disc brakes and drum brakes is the psi the brakes operate at. Disc brakes operate at a higher psi than drum brakes and either too much or too little pressure can cause damage to the brakes. There are units that can have manual reverse lockouts installed but not all.
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  • Mounting Bracket Option for Titan Brake Rite # T4813100
  • We offer two mounting plates for the Titan Electric Over Hydraulic Actuators like the part # T4813100. We have the angle mounting bracket part # T4821800 and the flat plate part # T4821900. I attached a picture that shows the bracket used to install an actuator as well.
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  • Replacement for Atwood 84132 Drum Brake Actuator
  • We have the perfect replacement for your Atwood 84132 drum brake actuator, the Demco # 8605001. Just like your Atwood, the Demco is for hydraulic drum brakes, rated for 6,000 lbs, mounts to a 3" wide trailer tongue and fits a 2" ball. It also has a trigger-style latch, zinc plating and is made in the USA.
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  • Is the OEM Brake Controller in a 2018 Ram 3500 Compatible with the BrakeRite EOH Actuator
  • I spoke with my contact at Titan who said that they have been experiencing some issues with the OEM brake controllers in the 2018 Ram 3500 pickups like what you have. He did say that it is hit and miss at this point so your controller may or may not work directly with the BrakeRite system but we do have a solution for you if it doesn't work properly. If you experience disconnect while using the system you can just us the Titan BrakeRite SD Adapter # T4845900 if you are having the Titan...
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  • Adding Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes to a 3-Axle Boat Trailer
  • To switch your boat trailer from hydraulic drum brakes to electric over hydraulic disc brakes there are a few parts you will need. You will need the EOH actuator itself. What I recommend is the Hydrastar Marine Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator with Breakaway and 7-Way RV Harness # HS381-9067. You will not have to replace the brake lines or the coupler. If you can lock out the coupler (keep it from actuating in and out) that would be ideal. You will also need to have a brake controller...
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  • How Do I Know If I Have Free-Backing Brakes?
  • Your trailer must have free backing brakes if you have never used the surge brake actuating coupler reverse lockout. If you did not have free backing brakes, your brakes would most likely brake even if they didn't lock up when you back up because of the trailer weight pushing against the hitch ball. The only way to know for sure is to pull your hub/drum off the spindle and look at the hydraulic cylinder. Free-backing brakes like # AKFBBRK-7R-D will have only one pin coming out and...
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  • Troubleshooting Disc Brakes with Aero-6000 on Four Winns Boat Trailer Dragging/Overheating
  • The #17 nut that you are referring to for your Aero-6000 actuator (similar to part # T4500600) looks like it simply helps to keep the latch in place. If you are having problems with your brakes dragging and overheating then either your disc brakes/caliper need to be cleaned, your breakaway cable has been activated, or the internal components of your actuator are needing replacement. If you check your brakes/calipers and breakaway cable isn't activated then the only internal components...
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  • Coupler Lock for Titan Brake Actuator With 2-5/16
  • There is a coupler lock for your Titan Brake Actuator # T2477600 with a 2-5/16" ball. The Master Lock # ML389DAT uses a 1-piece housing to fit securely around the coupler, has a powder coat to resist corrosion and comes with a pair of keys. I've added a photo showing how it looks on a Titan coupler and also linked a couple video reviews for you to take a look at.
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  • Surge Coupler to Replace Older Atwood Model
  • We do not have a master cylinder repair kit for your older Atwood surge coupler but we can help you select a new coupler to match your trailer gross weight. The linked page displays both disc and drum brake surge couplers; just click on the type you need for your trailer, the ball size and then click on the gross trailer weight rating (GTW) that is appropriate. A popular option for a 6K GTW with a straight tongue and drum brakes is Demco drum actuator coupler # 8605001 which is a bolt-on...
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  • Replacement Brake Actuator for Global Direct GDC-80 Brake Actuator
  • We have the perfect replacement for your Global Direct GDC-80 brake actuator. Since you mentioned "down tongue" I believe you were referring to having an actuator with drop. If you have disc brakes, the best option is the Demco Hydraulic Brake Actuator w/ Drop - Disc # DM8758811 and if you have drum brakes the best option is the Demco Hydraulic Brake Actuator w/ Drop - Drum # DM8759411. Both of these actuators have a 4" drop, are compatible with a 2-5/16" hitch ball, have an 8,000 lb...
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  • Converting Boat Trailer with Demco Actuator from Drum to Disc Brakes
  • First, for the actuator that you have purchased, # 8605001, you can replace the drum master cylinder with Replacement Master Cylinder w/ Bypass Electric Lockout for Demco Actuators - Disc Brakes Item # DM5918. It will fit in place of the master cylinder you have and it comes with an electric reverse lockout. For disc brakes I recommend replacing not only the brakes but the lines as well. If there is crud in the master cylinder then it is probably in the lines so replacing the lines...
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  • Replacement Coupler Needed for Tie Down Engineering 66 Model Actuator
  • I was able to find that your Tie Down Engineering 66 Model actuator fits trailer tongues that are 3"x3", 3"x4", and 3"x5". It is only compatible with 2" hitch balls but I was unable to find the mounting hole measurements. We do have a wide variety of actuators like the Titan # T47154107K or standard couplers like part # DM12925. Since you say straight coupler I am not sure if you are looking for an actuator that doesn't have a drop or if you are looking for a standard coupler. If you...
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  • How to Bleed Brake Lines with Titan Model 60 Hydraulic Brake Actuator Without Electric Lockout
  • The Titan Brake Actuator part # T47154107K has a master cylinder with a fitting at the end. The fitting is a 3/16 inverted flare where the brake lines connect to. You do not need an extra fitting when you use the actuator. If you ever need to replace the fitting, it is part # T4750300. I recommend Kodiak Brake Line for Single Axle trailers part # 18SI-BLKIT. The flexible line of the Kodiak kit has a thread size of 3/8"-24 and fits a 3/16" fitting like the one of the actuator. If you...
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  • Comparison of Titan EOH Brake Actuators Parts # T4813100 and # T4834100
  • When you look at the product descriptions and the pictures they look basically identical. However, the Replacement Actuator, part # T4834100, is specifically designed to work with the BrakeRite II Severe Duty, part # T4835700, and that's all it works with. If you have this and need a new actuator then part # T4834100 is what you need. The Titan BrakeRite EHB, part # T4813100, is what you need if you're trying to add electric over hydraulic brakes to your trailer. I've attached some...
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  • Solution for Needing Replacement Shock for Atwood Actuator
  • Since we can't get the Atwood replacement shock anymore that you mentioned your best option would be to replace the actuator with a more reliable one like the Demco # 8605001 for if you have a drum brake setup or part # T47154107K for if you have a disc setup.
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  • Dexter EOH Disc Brake Actuator Response Time with GM Factory Brake Controller
  • EOH actuators do differ in their response time. From the moment you press the brake pedal the time needed for the pump in the EOH actuator to build hydraulic pressure and push that through your brake lines, through the T fittings, and to your disc brakes can easily be as much as 2 seconds. Longer trailer brake lines and more axles with brakes both can mean the time can be slightly longer for pressure to reach all of the calipers and for you to feel the trailer slowing down. The Dexter...
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  • How to Bleed the Brakes on a 1988 Correct Craft Trailer
  • Yes, if the bolt holes on your trailer measure 3" apart on center then the Titan Leverlock Brake Actuator part # T43329007K should work for you without having to drill any new holes. The bleeding process for the brakes is not hard but it will take a bit of time. The Powerbuilt Brake Bleeder part # ALL648591 is not required but will make life easier. I have attached the instructions for you below in addition to a video. Remove the master cylinder cap and fill the reservoir to three quarters...
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  • Recommended Swing Away Tongue with Disc Brake Actuator and Reverse Lockout
  • The Swing-Away Actuator w/ Manual Lockout - Bolt On - Disc - 2" Ball - 7,500 lbs # T4839100 and the Swing-Away Actuator w/ Electric Lockout - Bolt On - Disc - 2" Ball - 7,500 lbs # T4839120 are similar just with the one having the manual option in addition. Because you are looking for both a manual and electric lockout option, I recommend getting the manual lockout # T4839100 which in the attached video shows an electric lockout as well. I went into the warehouse to confirm it does have...
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  • Replacement 7,000 lb Surge Brake Actuator for Drum or Disc Brakes
  • We definitely have surge brake actuators that can work, but the ones we carry are mounted on top of your trailer's channel tongue and you will need to drill new holes in order to mount them. Additionally, please note that these actuators are each designed to fit 3" wide channel tongues, so to ensure the proper fit you are going to want to measure your trailer tongue. Titan actuators are premium quality which is why I highly recommend them, and the correct 7,000 lb actuator that works...
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  • Replacing Swing-Away Brake Actuator on 2010 Mastercraft Boat Trailer
  • As long as your 2010 Mastercraft Boat Trailer is equipped with a 3 inch x 5 inch tongue and weighs less than 7,500 pounds when loaded the Titan Swing-Away Actuator # T4839100 that you were looking at will work great as a replacement. This particular unit maintains the swinging function you had before for easier storage and the electric reverse lockout lets you reverse the trailer without the brakes engaging. If you happen to have a 3 inch x 3 inch or 3 inch x 4 inch tongue you can actually...
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  • Surge Brake Actuator Recommendation for Disc Brake Application to Replace Atwood Actuator
  • Since the Atwood couplers were all discontinued a few years ago you'd need to with a different brand coupler for a disc brake application. So the replacement I recommend for you David is the Titan surge brake coupler for disc brakes part # T47154207K. This has a 7,000 lb capacity so it has more than enough capacity than you'd need, comes with an electric reverse lock out, and overall is one of the best and most reliable actuators out there.
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  • Replacement Actuator for Atwood Actuator part # 82543
  • The closest option we have to replace your Atwood 82543 actuator is part # 8605001. However, it doesn't have the lockout like your Atwood does. For one with a lockout use # T4339720 but it's an electric lockout. It wires into the reverse light circuit on your truck through the trailer connector. I've attached videos of both actuators for you to take a look at.
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  • Recommended Actuator and Wiring for Boat Trailer Upgrade From Surge Brakes
  • To add EOH to a surge brake trailer, you will need to add the electric components to make the actuator function. You can get the Epicord 7-Way Molded Trailer Plug with Junction Box - 10' Long # 277-000141 and then wire your actuator into that junction box. You will be able to simply connect to your current hydraulic brake lines. For your actuator, I recommend the HydraStar Vented Marine Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator for Disc Brakes - 1,600 psi # HS381-8067 or the HydraStar Vented...
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  • Replacement Hydraulic Brakes for 3500-lb Axle on Boat Trailer
  • It sounds like you're looking for replacement drum brakes for your boat trailer that has 14-inch rims and tires in size ST205/75R14 on its 3500-lb axle. We have both electric and hydraulic drums brake kits for 3500-lb axles and since you referenced a surge coupler # T4339720 I will be happy to recommend appropriate hydraulic brakes. For a cost-effective set of left/right brakes you can use part # AKUBRK-35. You'll need one kit for each axle on the trailer. These 10-inch brakes will work...
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  • How to Bleed Disc Brakes When Installing DA20 Demco Hydraulic Brake Actuator
  • Attached is a clip from the instructions on how to bleed the brakes after installing the Demco Hydraulic Brake Actuator # DM8204311 that you referenced. You can use the Powerbuilt Brake Bleeder # ALL648591 to assist you in this process.
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  • Does the Factory Brake Controller in a Ram 3500 Need An Adapter to Work with EOH Brakes
  • I called HydraStar who is a prominent manufacturer of electric over hydraulic brake actuators and they said the issue that you are having is caused by a compatibility error between the factory integrated brake controller and your electric over hydraulic brake actuator. Therefore, you will need to use an adapter. Please also make sure that you are in the electric over hydraulic mode if that is an option. In order to recommend the correct adapter I will need to know what electric over hydraulic...
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  • Does the HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Part # HBA16 Need a Separate Battery
  • The HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator part # HBA16 will receive power from the breakways switches battery. The 12 volt power circuit on the 7-way trailer connector will then be used to charge the breakaway switches battery. I have attached a photo of the electrical schematics of the actuator for you. The HydraStar Marine Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator w/ Breakaway and 7-Way RV Harness part # HS381-9067 comes with a breakaway switch and battery but if you already have a 7-way...
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  • Recommended Replacement for Atwood Surge Brake Actuator 85778
  • The manual lockout on your Atwood 85778 surge brake coupler is there so that you can back up the trailer without the brakes locking up on you. Yes you can safely tow your trailer with the broken manual lockout, you just have to make sure you don't put yourself in the situation where you have to back your trailer up. Since Atwood went out of business there aren't any exact replacements for your coupler but you can use a different brand. The only thing I was able to find online about the...
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  • Best Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator for Trailer With Drum Brakes and 9,000 lb Axles
  • The best electric-over-hydraulic brake actuator for you, on a trailer with electric over hydraulic drum brakes and 9,000 lb axles, is the HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator for Drum Brakes # HBA-12. We have found this to be the most reliable EOH actuator and it is designed to work with trailers with drum brakes that are 8,000 lbs or larger. The difference between this and the Hydrastar XL Electric-Hydraulic Brake Actuator # HBAC10-CLR is the fact that this unit comes with a...
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  • Parts Needed to Convert Trailer with 8k Electric Brakes to 8k Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • Converting from electric drum brakes to electric over hydraulic drum is pretty straight-forward. Basically you swap out the electric brake assemblies for hydaulic ones, you run hydraulic lines and then install an actuator and you'd be all set. For hydraulic brake assemblies you'd want the Dexter Hydraulic Drum Brake Set part # 23-410-411 which is a set that includes one passenger side assembly and one driver side. The actuator kit then to go with is the Hydrastar kit part # HBA-12...
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  • How to Tell if a Titan Model 60 Actuator has a Reverse Lockout
  • Unless you know the exact part number of your Titan Model 60 Actuator that I can reference the best way for you to know if you have a lockout functions is for you to physically inspect the actuator. There are 2 different types of lockouts; manual and electric. A manual lockout is what part # T4500600 has and you can see how it is operated in the attached review video. An actuator that has an electric lockout will have a solenoid # T4748800 install on the rearmost (trailer side) of...
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  • Flexible Brake Line to Attach to Master Cylinder on Demco Hydraulic Trailer Brake Actuator 8605001
  • Unless you have a folding tongue you don't have to have a flexible brake line at the back of the master cylinder unless you want one. You can use # DM05982 which has 1/8" e-coated steel male and female fittings on either end.
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  • Replacement Coupler for Atwood Hydraulic Brake Actuating Coupler for Drum Brakes
  • The Atwood brake actuating coupler number 61101 is no longer directly replaceable. Atwood has been bought out so I recommend replacing your actuator with the Titan Zinc-Plated Brake Actuator - Drum - Multi-Fit Ball - Bolt On - with Lockout # T4339720. This coupler has bolt holes that are 3 inches on center. I've attached a video to help further.
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  • Solution for Atwood Surge Brake Coupler Needing Replacement Parts
  • I really wish we had replacement parts still for the Atwood couplers but since they've been out of business for so long we don't have any way to get the parts you are wanting.
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  • Troubleshooting Bleeding Brakes with Vacuum Brake Bleeder
  • You shouldn't be experiencing issues with bleeding the brakes with a Vacuum Brake Bleeder, like part # PTW87030, after installing the Brake Actuator with Electric Lockout # T47154107K. It sounds like you might have a clog somewhere in your brake line. What you will want to do is find the next closest fitting from the brake on the trailer and try bleeding the brake line from there. If it bleeds just fine then you know that you need to replace the brake line section that you just bypassed....
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  • Surge Brake Actuator Recommendation for 6k Axle Boat Trailer with Drum Brakes
  • I would recommend going with a Titan or Demco style of actuator. We don't see a lot of questions from customers with this style of coupler but with the Atwood style we get a lot of troubleshooting questions as to why they aren't working. For a 6k capacity surge actuator the Demco part # 8605001 would be a great option and the one I recommend. Our customers love this coupler and it would work well for you. These surge actuators are not adjustable though. I attached an install video...
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  • Troubleshooting Titan BrakeRite EHB with Leak from a Weep Hole
  • For your Titan BrakeRite EHB Electric-Hydraulic Actuator for Disc Brakes # T4813100, the only replacement part we carry is the Replacement Master Cylinder Cap for Titan BrakeRite Brake Actuators # T4830600. If the cap is the weep hole you are referring to, it may simply need a replacement cap. If that doesn't solve your problem, then I recommend sending it for repair.
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  • Will HydraStar Marine Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Work with a GM Factory Brake Controller
  • HydraStar Marine Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator w/ Breakaway and 7-Way RV Harness - 1,200 psi Item # HS381-9066 will work with the GM factory brake controller if used with adapter # HBA-CAM. If the adapter is not used then you would have to have an aftermarket brake controller.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer wish Surge Brakes that Slams When Stopping and Starting
  • Sounds like you have a bad shock in the surge actuator of your trailer based on what you described. The actuator part # T1607500 is a Model 10 and if this is what you have then the correct shock replacement is the # T1242600.
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  • Master Cylinder to Convert Titan Surge-o-Matic Model 6 Actuator to Disc Brake Operation
  • You are correct that disc brakes require an actuator with higher psi pressure than what is required by drum brakes. Drum brakes need pressure of 1000-psi but discs need 1500 to 1600-psi. You can convert your Titan Surge-O-Matic Model 6 actuator to disc brake operation by replacing the master cylinder with part # T1777405. This kit includes the master cylinder, mounting plate, hex bolt, push rod assembly and installation hardware. If your brakes locked up this should not be due to the...
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  • Parts Needed to Change a Triple Axle Kaufman Trailer from Electric to Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes
  • To change your electric brakes on your Kaufman trailer to an electric over hydraulic (EOH) system you will need to hydraulic brakes, brake lines, an EOH actuator, a breakaway kit (which you should already have), and a brake controller (which you should already have). I highly recommend going with the HydraStar EOH Actuator # HBA-12 which is one of the best options out there and has received great reviews from other customers. We hardly ever see any troubleshooting questions about these...
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  • Recommended Conversion from Electric Drum Brakes to Electric Over Hydraulic Disc Brakes
  • The Kodiak Disc Brake Kit - 11" Rotor - 8 on 6.5 - Raw Finish - Leaf Spring - 12K - Dexter/Lippert # K2R1258L12 is the option for dual wheel axles and will use idler hubs compatible with your axles for mounting the wheels. Then I recommend the HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Kit for Disc Brakes - 1,600 psi # HBA16-252-82. If you need help in getting the correct idler hubs for this conversion, you can pull one of your current brake drum hubs and get the bearing numbers off...
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  • Installing and Bleeding New Hydraulic Brakes Lines on Trailer With Titan Actuator
  • I can help you install new hydraulic brake lines on the trailer. The Titan Zinc-Plated Actuator part # T4750620 is a surge brake actuator so you need hydraulic brake lines. The kit you need depends on how long the trailer is that you are installing the lines in and how many axles the trailer has. The Kodiak Hydraulic Brake Line Kit part # 24TA-BLKIT is for a 24 foot tandem axle trailer. To install the lines you want to drill a hole near where the Titan Coupler installs so that you can...
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  • Lock Actuating Coupler On Trailer To Truck
  • For your trailer with adjustable ball # T4339720 to be locked to your truck while boating, I recommend the HITCH-LOCK Trailer Guard Coupler Lock by Dutton-Lainson # DL13980 along with the Master Lock Shrouded Padlock # 37DAT. This will work as long as you have a hitch lock on your ball mount like # 5201 so they can't just use your ball mount to take the locked trailer.
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  • Replacement for Atwood 6,000 lb Hydraulic Actuating Coupler for Drum Brakes
  • Thanks for the kind words, happy we were able to help, and the photos are also appreciated! As for the actuator, you are correct that the Atwood 85736 master cylinder is no longer available because Atwood was bought out so your best option is going to be a replacement actuator. I recommend the Demco Hydraulic Trailer Brake Actuator - Drum Brakes # 8605001 which, like your Atwood, has a 6,000 lb capacity and accepts a 2" hitch ball. This is a bolt-on actuator as well so you aren't...
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  • Adding Electric Lockout and 5-Way to Trailer with Titan Model 60 Actuator
  • To add an electric lockout to your Titan Model 60 actuator only requires the part # T4748800 and then if you wanted to add a shroud to protect the lock out you'd also need the part # T4835800183. To activate the electric lock out you need a reverse light circuit carried to it. Typically a 5-way is needed for this to carry the extra circuit. For a 5-way you'd then want the part # W002290 which you can replace your 4-way with. For a 7-way to a 5-way adapter then you'd want the part #...
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  • Free-Backing Trailer Brakes and Actuator Recommendation
  • The pros and cons of electric lockout vs free backing brakes mostly comes down to the ease of installation in not having to wire up your actuator to brakes; I also prefer a system where it is easier to troubleshoot issues and has less "moving parts". For those reasons I recommend going with the free-backing brake system as opposed to going with an electric lockout actuator. For a new actuator I recommend the Demco Hydraulic # 8605001 . This is a great replacement for the Atwood 61101 and...
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  • Recommended Replacement Coupler for Atwood 83000 Surge Brake Actuator Coupler
  • The Atwood 83000 was a 8,000 lb drum brake actuator for a 2 inch hitch ball that has been discontinued. For a replacement I recommend the Demco Hydraulic Brake Actuator w/ Drop - Drum - Zinc - 2" Ball - 8,000 lbs # DM8669112. The only other option for that 8,000 lb capacity is a channel mount like the Demco Hydraulic Brake Actuator - Drum - Zinc - 8" Adjustable Channel Down - 8,000 lbs # DM8759131 which will allow you to use a coupler like the Demco Trailer Coupler - Adjustable Channel...
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  • Can Lock Out Solenoid Be Added to Demco Hydraulic Brake Actuator
  • I spoke with my contact at Demco regarding the Hydraulic Brake Actuator # DM8759122 referenced in your question. He stated that the Demco Solenoid Kit # DM5404 can indeed be used with this actuator so the trailer brakes do not activate when shifting into reverse This has a gross towing weight capacity of 8,000 pounds and will mount to straight, 3 inch wide trailer tongues. I have attached a short video demonstration on this product for you to check out.
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  • DA91 Demco Disc Brake Actuator for 2-5/16 Hitch Ball with Electric Lockout Needed
  • The DA91 Demco surge brake actuator that you are looking for is part # DM8750311. This has a 2-5/16" coupler, comes with an electric lockout, is designed for disc brakes, and has a weight capacity of 8,000 lbs towing and 800 lbs tongue weight.
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  • Titan Brake Actuator Compatibility With Electric Lockout For Backing Up Without Engaging Brakes
  • You can add an electric lockout to a Titan Zinc-Plated Brake Actuator # T43329007K. To do so, you will want the Replacement Solenoid Valve for Titan Brake Actuators with Reverse Lockouts # T4748800. You can then use the Tow Ready 4 Pole to 5 Pole Trailer Wiring Adapter # 20036 to connect your reverse light function to send signal to your trailer side 5-way when you shift your vehicle into reverse. This adapter along with the Hopkins 5-Way Flat Trailer Connector w/ LED Test Lights...
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  • Process to Convert Trailer from Air-Over-Hydraulic Brakes to Electric-Over-Hydraulic Brakes
  • If the brakes assemblies and hubs/drums on the subject trailers are actually 16-inches in diameter we have no compatible brakes. The largest electric and hydraulic drum brakes we have are 12-1/4 x 5, such as the left/right electric brake set # AKEBRK-12 which is rated for a 12K axle and the left/right hydraulic set # 23-408-409 also rated for 12K axles. We do have electric-over-hydraulic (EOH) actuators like the HydraStar Drum Brake Actuator # HBA-10 and the others shown on the linked...
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  • Can Trailer Back Up With Demco Hydraulic Trailer Brake Actuator # 8605001 Installed
  • The Demco Hydraulic Trailer Brake Actuator # 8605001 that you purchased doesn't have an electric or manual lockout integrated so to back your trailer with the actuator as-is would mean you need free-backing brakes on your trailer. You still have the option to add an electric solenoid though with part # DM5837. This installs by threading it into your master cylinder and then allows you to back your trailer up when you connect the wiring to the reverse light circuit on your tow vehicle/trailer....
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  • Recommended Electric Lockout or Free Backing Brake Assemblies for Surge Brake Actuator
  • The Titan Zinc-Plated Brake Actuator - Drum - 2-5/16" Ball - Bolt On - 8,000 lbs # T4079200 does not have a manual lock-out. Because of this, it is recommended to use an electric lockout like # T4748800 or free backing brakes so that you can back your trailer without activating the trailer brakes. You can use the Hydraulic Brake Kit - Uni-Servo - Free Backing # AKFBBRK-35-D for 10 inch assemblies or # AKFBBRK-7 for 12 inch assemblies.
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  • Could Trailer with Electric Over Hydraulic Brakes Have Trailer with Electric Brakes Connected
  • So your electric over hydraulic brake actuator is receiving a standard brake controller output signal to tell it how to operate your EOH trailer brakes. So it would be possible that you could take this circuit (most likely blue wire) and extend it from where it connects to the actuator to the back of the first trailer so that you could then connect it to the electric brakes of your second trailer. You'd need 10 gauge wire like part # 10-1-1 (sold by foot) to get the circuit to the trailer...
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  • How to Bleed Brakes on Trailer Equipped with Titan Model 10 Hydraulic Brake Actuating Coupler
  • Begin by removing the master cylinder cap and fill the reservoir to three quarters full with DOT-3 brake fluid. DO NOT allow brake fluid to contact painted surfaces since it will damage the finish. Wipe up any spills immediately and wash the area with water. If you choose to manually bleed the system, an assistant makes the job easier. Manually pull the actuator out to fully extended position. Loosen the four bolts on the breakaway lever. Remove the back two bolts, rotate the two breakaway...
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  • Can Titan 7,500 lb Surge Actuator Replace Aero 6000 Kit on Trailer
  • The Titan actuator part # T4500600 that you referenced would work well as a direct replacement for your Aero 6000 surge actuator. Since you have replaced the assemblies already you wouldn't need to replace anything else when installing this actuator since the lines themselves are fine. Most likely your current actuator has a bad master cylinder and shock so replacing the whole thing is a great way to make sure the problem is taken care of.
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  • Replacement Parts for EZ Loader Trailer with DICO Model 10 Actuator & Reliable Sure Lube Hubs
  • For your EZ Loader Trailer with DICO model 10 actuator and Reliable Sure Lube Hubs, I absolutely have recommendations for you. The Titan Zinc-Plated Brake Actuator # T2477600 is the Titan model 10 actuator that is nearly identical to the DICO model 10 you are replacing. If you want the electric lockout, you can use # T4748800 and Shield # T4836100183. For your brake assemblies, I recommend the Titan Hydraulic Brake Kit - Free Backing - Galphorite # T4423500-400 and mounting bolts...
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  • Bleeding Instructions for the Demco Hydraulic Disc Brake Actuator w/ Electric Lockout
  • Attached is a portion of the instructions for the Demco Hydraulic Brake Actuator # DM8759422 that gives the details on how to bleed the brakes of your trailer. You will need to use a brake bleeder like part # ALL648591 to perform this. The "primed" part of the title means that it has a primed finish so there won't be any fluid in the reservoir.
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  • Troubleshooting Factory Brake Controller on 2012 Ford F-150
  • You might try inspecting the 7-Way connector on both your truck and the trailer first for any debris or corrosion built-up inside the pins, cleaning out as needed. Sometimes corrosion inside the connectors can prevent a solid connection, which might be causing the OEM brake controller not to detect a trailer connection. Otherwise it does sound like you would benefit from upgrading to an aftermarket brake controller. The issues you are experiencing are not uncommon at all with a lot of the...
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  • Can the Titan Aero 6000 Surge Brake Actuator Be Repaired Or Should It Just Be Replaced
  • For a Four Winns Boat Trailer with Titan Aero 6000 Surge Brake Actuator, I recommend replacement using the Titan Zinc-Plated, Leverlock Brake Actuator part # T47154207K which is ready to go as is and will be a great fit. The reason I recommend replacement is because of the availability of spare parts. Although we do have the Replacement Damper part # T4502000 and Replacement Master Cylinder part # T4395100 (Confirmed for Aero 6000), there are still several other smaller parts that could...
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  • Troubleshooting BrakeRite Not Working with 2018 Chevy Silverado with OEM Brake Controller
  • It sounds like you are trying to use the factory brake controller in your 2018 Chevy Silverado with the BrakeRite electric-over-hydraulic actuator. If this is the case then what you need is an adapter that allows your OEM controller to communicate properly with the actuator. If you have the BrakeRite EHB # T4822500 for drum brakes or # T4813100 for disc brakes then you need the adapter # T4846000. If you have the BrakeRite II Severe-Duty # T4835700 then you would need the adapter #...
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  • Should Electric or Hydarulic Brakes be Used on a Boat Trailer
  • For any marine application I strongly advise switching to hydraulic brakes. You cannot seal out water completely and at some point they are going to short out if you keep using electric brakes. To avoid that headache you can switch to hydraulic brakes. There are a few parts you will need to make the switch: The correct brake assemblies Hub and Drum if yours are not hydraulic compatible Actuator Brake line kit Or you could add disc brakes: The correct rotor and hub assembly Actuator Brake...
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  • How Does BrakeRite EHB Wire to Trailer with a Single Battery
  • I attached a diagram that shows how the BrakeRite Actuator part # T4813100 gets wired to a trailer. If you have only one battery on your trailer you'd need to run all of the battery connections to the single battery and you'd be set.
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  • Surge Brake Actuator Recommendation for Replaced Atwood Drum to Convert to Disc
  • Demco surge couplers like the part # 8605001 you mentioned are really great overall. We've found that they are very reliable and do a great job applying the trailer brakes. Way better than the now discontinued Atwood actuator you have that was known for problems. This part number is for drum so for a disc version you'd want the # DM8605101 and you'd be set. This comes with an electric reverse lockout as well. Now I don't know your axle capacity or wheel bolt pattern so I am not able...
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  • 2014 Ford F-350 Factory Brake Controller Compatibility with Electric-Over Hydraulic Actuator
  • Yes, the HydraStar Electric-Hydraulic Actuator Kit # CAR-HBA16-2 is compatible with the Ford factory-installed trailer brake controller in your 2014 Ford F-350. You will just want to check that the unit's main menu is set for EOH operation rather than electric brake operation. In your truck no adapter is required for proper operation.
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  • Will the Demco Solenoid Kit # DM5837 Fit Demco Hydraulic Brake Actuator # DM8759812
  • Since the Demco Hydraulic Brake Actuator # DM8759812 is a DA91 actuator the Reverse Lockout Solenoid Kit # DM5837 will fit. I confirmed this with my contact at Demco.
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  • Replacement Surge Brake Actuator Recommendation for 1997 Eagle Spirit Boat Trailer
  • Thanks for the picture of your trailer. From that I can tell that the replacement actuator you need is the Titan Model 60 part # T43329007K which will be an exact replacement so it will be an easy install. Three inch diameter axles are typically 5,200 lb but the highest rated hub/drum we have with a 5 on 4-1/2 inch bolt pattern like you have is 3,500 like the part # 84546UC3-EZ. If your drum measures 10 inch in diameter then this is the correct replacement most likely but it would still...
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  • Hydraulic Line Fitting for Demco Hydraulic Trailer Brake Actuator Installation
  • The line coming out the brake actuator is 3/16 inches at the fitting but the line is typically 3/8 inch inner diameter like the Kodiak Hydraulic Brake Hose - 3/16" Male Fittings w/ Stainless Flares - 1/8" ID - 24' # BH-3MFS-24. The Demco Hydraulic Trailer Brake Actuator # 8605001 will fit this criteria.
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  • Surge Brake Actuator Recommendation for 2004 Trailmaster with Reverse Lock Out
  • The Demco Actuator part # DM8608601 that you referenced does not come with a reverse lockout but you can add one with the # DM11993. When this is wired up and activated it basically prevents the brakes of your trailer from activating so that you can backup without any issues.
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  • Best Replacement Reverse Lockout Solenoid for Demco Hydraulic Brake Actuator # DM8509612
  • We do have a replacement reverse lockout solenoid for the Demco Hydraulic Brake Actuator # DM8509612, but the Replacement Solenoid Valve # T4748800 that you referenced is not designed and has not been tested to fit the Demco actuators. Instead you will want part # DM11993 for just the solenoid or part # DM5837 for the kit that includes the solenoid cover. These are designed specifically for the Actuator # DM8509612. I have attached a link to an installation video of this solenoid...
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  • Bleeding Brake Lines During Installation of HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator HBA16
  • You can use a hand pump to bleed your trailer's brake lines or you can use 12V power input to the actuator from a charged 12V battery to power the actuator so you can clear the system of air. The HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator # HBA16 uses either DOT 3 or DOT 4 brake fluid; you will need at least a quart to fill the actuator. The written instructions for this item are linked for your reference along with both review and installation videos for the # HBA16.
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  • Troubleshooting Reverse Lockout Solenoid Not Working on Surge Brake Trailer
  • Test for voltage going into the reverse lock out solenoid when the tow vehicle is in reverse. If power is there then next check to make sure the ground of the solenoid is good. You can run a jumper wire from it to a known ground and you should hear it open. If the solenoid has power and ground but still not functioning then it's time for a new one. If you have a Titan setup the correct replacement lockout solenoid is the part # T4748800. If you are wanting a swing away actuator though...
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  • Will the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Work With the HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator
  • For a wireless brake controller that will work with an electric over hydraulic actuator like the HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Kit part # HBA16-252-82, I recommend the Curt Echo Mobile Trailer Brake Controller part # C51180 which operates via your smartphone so you don't need to learn a bunch of codes to use it. The Tekonsha Prodigy RF Wireless Trailer Brake Controller part # 90250 will unfortunately not work with an electric over hydraulic actuator. If you don't want to...
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  • How To Activate the Lockout On the Titan Brake Actuator T4500600
  • In order to engage the reverse lockout on the Titan Brake Actuator with Manual Lockout part # T4500600 you will need to insert the lockout tool which is included, into the channel directly behind the coupler. I have pointed this channel out for you as well as the tool that is needed. The Titan Brake Actuator will bolt onto a 3" wide tongue, fits a 2" hitch ball, and comes with a breakaway kit. It is designed for drum brakes and has a one year warranty. Please let me know if you have...
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  • Is an Adapter Necessary for Hooking Up 1/4-Inch Flare Line to Hydrastar Actuator?
  • In order to hook up your HydraStar Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator, # HBA16, to a 1/4-inch brake line, you will need to use an adapter. We have the part you need with the Brake Line Fitting for HydraStar Hydraulic Brake Actuators, # HS43-9035. I have added a link to a video review for you to take a look at.
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  • Comparison of Two Titan Hydraulic Trailer Brake Actuators
  • The two Titan brake actuators, parts # T2478100 and # T4750600, are the same actuator except the former is for drum brakes and the latter is for disc brakes. Part # T4750600 operates at a higher pressue (around 1,500 psi) which is what is required for disc brakes where part # T2478100 only operates about 1,000 psi. You want to select the appropriate actuator because the higher pressue is too much for drum brakes and the lower not enough for disc.
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  • How to Convert from Hydraulic Drum to Hydraulic Disc Brakes on a Boat Trailer
  • You should have no problems whatsoever installing a disc brake actuator with reverse lockout solenoid on your boat trailer. The reverse lockout solenoid will only add about 3" to the end of the actuator. I recommend the Titan Zinc-Plated Leverlock Brake Actuator w/ Electric Lockout part # T47154207K. This actuator is rated for use on disc brakes, has a 7,000 lb gross trailer weight (GTW) rating, and will work with both 1-7/8"/2" hitch balls. In order to make sure this actuator will...
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  • Can Actuator, Harness and Brake Lines be Purchased as a Kit?
  • The HydraStar Vented Marine Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator # HS381-8065 is available in a kit. The HydraStar Marine Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator with Breakaway and 7-Way RV Harness # HS381-9065 features the actuator, breakaway system and 7-way connector. The only other piece you'd need is the brake lines; for a single axle you would want the HydraStar Hydraulic Brake Line Kit # HS496-151 and for a double axle you would want # HS496-152. I've added links to video reviews of these...
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  • Troubleshooting Low Brake Output Voltage on Brake Controller Pin of 7-Way
  • I'd need to know what brake controller you have and what you mean by activating the two tabs inside the truck. Is that the override lever? What voltage are you seeing? Is the controller proportional meaning that it senses the amount of braking the tow vehicle is applying? These styles of controllers won't show full voltage with the brake pedal unless you are moving and slowing the tow vehicle down. Most brake controller issues end up being related to corrosion on the pins of the connector...
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  • Delay From HydraStar Marine Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator HBA16 When Braking
  • I did not see where you mentioned what electric over hydraulic actuator you are using but if it is the HydraStar Marine Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator part # HBA16 that you referenced then the first thing I recommend you check is that you are using the correct EOH setting on your brake controller. If this is confirmed I would then bleed the brakes which can be done using the attached photo. If you still have issues with delays after you have done the above then please just let me know...
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  • Will Dexter Electric Over Hydraulic Actuator Work with Factory Brake Controller in 2016 Ford F-350
  • Dexter does state that the electric over hydraulic actuator # K71-651 is compatible will all Ford factory brake controllers so that would include the one in your 2016 Ford F-350. I checked the owner's manual for your truck and it does state that the controller works with some electric over hydraulic systems but doesn't name any specific models.
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  • How To Bleed Brakes With Demco Hydraulic Brake Actuator
  • I have attached a video for you to help you bleed the surge brakes and also given an explanation below. You want to top off the master cylinder and pump the fluid from the master cylinder. You can do this by unbolting the plate that holds the lever in place on part # 8605001 and use the lever to actuate the master cylinder to force fluid through. Find the bleeder valve and open it, slide a rubber hose into the bleeder valve and run the other end into a clear container. Make sure...
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  • Will the Swing-Away Actuator T4839100 Work On a 2007 Sea Ray 230 Trailer
  • The Swing-Away Actuator part # T4839100 that you referenced works with 3" wide x 3" tall, 3" wide x 4" tall, and 3" wide x 5" tall trailer frames. Therefore, if you have one of these three frame sizes then the actuator will work for you. However, if you have either the 3" wide x 3" tall or 3" wide x 4" tall then you will also need the Titan Adapter Kit part # T4842100 (Qty. 2 for 3" wide x 3" tall and Qty. 1 for 3" wide x 4" tall). I think you meant to say that you have an electric lockout,...
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