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  • How to Bleed Hydraulic Surge Trailer Brakes
  • There are a couple of ways you can bleed a trailer brake system. Titan offers the following instructions, which I have also linked for you, on bleeding the brakes: Remove 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....
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  • Trailer Coupler is Stuck on Hitch Ball and Will Not Release
  • First, release the mechanism that holds the coupler onto the ball. It may be a lever or a knob that has to be turned. Some require a dual action move where you would push back or forward on the lever while lifting up on it. If you have done this and it seems to be stuck then it is most likely a binding issue. You can try moving the tow vehicle and trailer forward or backward to release the tension between the ball and coupler. Binding can occur if the trailer and tow vehicle are not...
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  • Parts Needed To Convert Electric Drum Brakes To Hydraulic Disc Brakes On 5th Wheel Trailer
  • We do have a hydraulic disc brake kit that will fit 8 bolt hub, 8 on 6-1/2 Inch bolt pattern, 1/2 inch bolts. In addition to a hydraulic disk brake kit, you will also need a brake line kit, and a electric over hydraulic actuator, and a brake controller that is compatible with electric over hydraulic brakes. For a disc brake kit to replace your drum brake assembly, you will need the Kodiak Disc Brake Kit, part # K2HR712, which is designed for 7,000 lb axles, 16 Inch or larger wheels....
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  • Brake Kit Options for a Tow Master 80 HD Tow Dolly Without Brakes
  • The most common type of brakes found on tow dollys are electric drum brakes. This is because electric brakes are typically the more cost effective option over hydraulic brakes and electric brake systems typically require less maintenance than hydraulic braking systems. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Electric brakes are usually cheaper to install than hydraulic brakes, but you must have an electronic brake controller, like the Prodigy P2 Brake Controller # 90885, installed...
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  • Converting Hydraulic Drum Trailer Brakes to Disc Brakes on a Boat Trailer
  • You could put disc brakes on just the one axle, but I recommend going ahead and installing them on both since the trailer is set up for it already. This will reduce wear and tear on both the trailer and the vehicle and a little extra expense now will end up saving you money down the road. We do have a 2 axle kit, # T4843200, that is just a little more cost than the T4843300 kit you have referenced. The main difference between these two kits is that the 2 axle kit I recommended does not...
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  • Recommendation for Rebuilding a Trailer Braking System on a Boat Trailer
  • First, lets start with master cylinder replacement. The recommendation you got for replacing the complete actuator, is most likely a good idea because there is a reason for the crud and such that you are finding in the master cylinder and replacing the master cylinder itself is a pretty involved undertaking. We have a video showing a master cylinder replacement that should be helpful, if you decide to go this route. Other reasons for replacing the whole actuator would be that you will have...
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  • Are Brakes Necessary on Both Axles of Tandem Axle Loadmaster Trailer
  • You can certainly replace the brakes on the front axle only, without having to do both axles. The kit you mentioned, part # T4843500 would be ideal if: Your trailer has a 3500 lb axle 14-15 inch wheels with 5 on 4-1/2 bolt pattern 4 bolt brake flange L68149 inner bearings L44649 outer bearings The coupler is compatible with: 2 inch trailer ball Trailer weighing no more than 7500 lbs 3 inch channel tongue We also offer # T4843100, which features an electric lockout coupler...
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  • Recommended Kit for Converting EZ Loader Boat Trailer Drum Brakes to Titan Disc Brakes
  • The item you selected, Titan Disc Brake Kit and Leverlock Actuator w/ Electric Lockout, part # T4843200, is zinc coated to prevent corrosion. To prevent warping, I would recommend allowing the brakes to cool after driving a long distance before backing your boat into the water. I would recommend The Titan Disc Brake Kit, part # T4843200, for a boat trailer rather than the Galphorite Coated Assemblies. With any brake assembly, heat can remain around the bearings and can be sucked in...
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  • Quality Product Comparison of Brakerite Versus Dexter Electric Over Hydraulic Actuators
  • I sure can compare the quality difference of the Brakerite # T4813100 and the Dexter # K71-651 for you. The Dexter actuator is more durable because of its metal housing versus the plastic housing on the Brakerite actuator. The Brakerite has a 1 year warranty while the Dexter has a 2 year limited warranty. The Dexter doesn't have an adapter for OEM brake controllers, and will not be compatible with most OEM integrated brake controllers, but will be fine with the EOH aftermarket...
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  • Installing a Surge Brake Actuator on a Truck Bed Trailer Axle with Factory Drum Brakes
  • Yes, you can use a hydraulic surge brake actuator on a 3/4 ton pickup bed with factory hydraulic drum brakes. I produced a short video showing the actuator I recommend and explaining the application. You would want to use a drum brake actuator for OEM drum brakes. You will also need an electric lockout solenoid to lockout the brakes when backing because automotive brakes will apply in reverse. I recommend the Titan Zinc-Plated Brake Actuator, # T4339720, for drum brakes which includes...
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  • Troubleshooting Ford Factory Trailer Brake Controller that Fails to Operate EOH Trailer Brakes
  • The factory integrated brake controller in your 2013 Ford F-150 does have a second operation setting for EOH trailer brakes, unlike the 2012 and earlier model year controllers. So, it SHOULD work with your Titan BrakeRite EHB Electric-Hydraulic Actuator # T4813100 WITHOUT the adapter # T4846000. If you have access to a trailer with electric brakes you can test the controller (using its electric trailer brake setting, of course) to see if it functions correctly in that mode. If not it...
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  • What Position Should the Brake Calipers be Mounted when Installing Disc Brakes on a Boat Trailer
  • When installing the Titan Disc Brake Kit, # T4843400, you will want to install the caliper mounting brackets so that the brake calipers will be on the trailing side of the axle. I posted a photo showing the proper orientation of the calipers for you. We also have a disc brake installation video that you may find very helpful when installing this kit on your trailer, see link. The parts used in the video are different, but the installation procedure will be very much the same.
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  • Backing Up Trailer When Using Titan Model 60 Hydraulic Surge Disc Brake Actuator # T4819900
  • The Titan Model 60 Hydraulic Surge Disc Brake Actuator, part # T4819900, does not include a lockout function for backing up the trailer. Couplers are available with either electric or manual lockout, or no lockout. This particular Titan coupler does not offer this function. If you wish you can install additional components to provide this function in your coupler. You will need Titan Solenoid Valve, part # T4748800, and Titan Solenoid Shield, part # T4835800183. The fitting that...
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  • How To Re-Assemble the Titan Trailer Coupler # T4845000
  • I pulled the Titan Trailer Coupler #T4845000 and the Titan Repair Kit # T4358400 from our warehouse. I produced a short video for you showing how to reassemble the Titan # T4845000. Also linked is an FAQ on trailer couplers.
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  • Selecting a Disc Brake Conversion Kit for Tandem Axle Boat Trailer for Use in Salt Water
  • The Titan Disc Brake Kit you referenced, part # T4843200, is a complete kit that includes all components from the actuator with electric lockout to the brake lines, calipers, hubs/rotors, mounting flanges, bearings, seals and hardware required for installation. This kit works with 3500-lb axles, has a 5-on-4-1/2 bolt pattern, uses a 4-bolt brake flange and fits your 13-inch wheels. The actuator fits a 3-inch wide channel tongue and has 600-lb tongue weight and 6000-lb gross trailer weight...
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  • Can a Fold-Away Trailer Tongue Hinge Kit Work with Hydraulic Surge Brakes
  • You can use a fold-away hinge kit with a surge coupler but you will need to replace the hard brake line with a flexible hose like # T0777300 that you have referenced. For fold-away drum brake applications use # T4839000. For a 3 x 4 inch tongue use 2 adapters # T4842100. For disc brakes use # T4839100 and 1 of the adapters. You would still need flexible brake line with either of these couplers.
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  • Normally Open Reverse Lockout Solenoid for Disc Trailer Brakes
  • The normally open style like # T4748800, will only prevent fluid from going back to trailer brakes when you put the vehicle in reverse. Once the vehicle is in reverse, the normally open solenoid will close and allow you to back up without the brakes engaging. On a normally open system, you will need to be careful when backing up because if you hit a curb or another object it could add even more pressure to the master cylinder and could possibly damage it. A normally closed system...
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  • Will the Titan Disc Brake Kit # T4843200 Work on a Trailer With Dual Axles at 3700 lbs Each
  • The Titan Disc Brake Kit and Leverlock Actuator, # T4843200, can be used on a trailer with dual axles rated at 3,700 lbs each, however, if the trailer is loaded beyond the capacity of the brakes, then they will not be as effective as they would be within capacity. Keep in mind that this kit is designed for 14 or 15 inch wheels with a 5 on 4-1/2 inch bolt pattern. I would also recommend checking your wheel bearing and seal part numbers and make sure they match the bearings and seals...
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  • Hydraulic Trailer Coupler is Locking Trailer Brakes When Trailer is in Reverse
  • Without any background information, it will be hard to say what you have going on. Have you recently replaced the coupler or master cylinder? Did the brakes previously function correctly, but are recently locking up when the vehicle is placed in reverse? Given the information available, my best guess is that either your reverse lock-out solenoid is faulty, one of its wires has become disconnected, or the signal from the reverse light circuit on the vehicle is not reaching the solenoid...
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  • Trailer Coupler Gets Stuck on the Trailer Hitch Ball
  • When a coupler gets stuck on the ball it can be because of several factors. First, if there is tension between the truck and trailer then it can cause the coupler to bind and get stuck on the ball. You can try moving slightly forward or backward to relieve the tension. If that does not release the tension enough you can also use the trailer jack to lift both the truck and trailer a little to relieve the tension which will make it easier to unlatch from around the ball. You may also...
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  • What is the Mounting Length and Bolt Hole Spacing of Titan Straight-Tongue Coupler # T4853100
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled a Titan Zinc-Plated Straight-Tongue Coupler, # T4853100, and measured it. The length of the mounting portion behind the coupling part is 8 inches. I also measured the distance between the mounting holes. There are actually two different sizes. There are 3 hole at 1/2 inch diameter and 2 larger holes at 5/8 inch diameter. The distance between the first and second small hole is 3 inches. The distance between the second and third small hole is...
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  • Recommendation for Activation of Electric Over Hydraulic Trailer Brake with GM OEM Brake Controller
  • I checked out your Tow Brake HD 3000 unit online and found that it is a very good braking system, but that the system is not recommended for use with your GM integrated brake controller, as you have found. I then spoke with Tow Brake and he said that they have used the inline magnet that you are using, but that he feels that your best option is to go with a brake controller that is compatible with an electric over hydraulic system like you have. The Tekonsha P3, # 90195, would be an excellent...
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  • How to Wire a Reverse Lockout Solenoid on a Titan Disc Brake Kit # T4843100
  • On the trailer side of your 5-Way flat plug, you should wire the red wire you mention to the electric reverse lockout function of the actuator on the Titan Trailer Brakes, part # T4843100, that you just installed. You will basically run the red wire from the connector to either of the yellow wires that are coming out of the back of the # T4843100, and then ground the other wire anywhere on the frame of your trailer. Check out the 9 minute mark of the video I attached below to see how...
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  • Comparing Uni-Servo and Free Backing Hydraulic Drum Trailer Brakes
  • If you replace the current brakes on your trailer with the same uni-servo drum brakes and no lockout actuator (like # T2351000), the brakes will deliver 20 percent braking when traveling in reverse. However, the more pressure you apply going backwards against the coupler, the more the brakes will engage so backing up the driveway will prove difficult. The Titan Free-Backing Hydraulic Trailer Brake Assembly, # T4489600, will allow you to brake in reverse using a coupler with no lockout...
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  • Titan Disc Brake Kit # T4843200 for EZ Loader Boat Trailer
  • The Titan Disc Brake Kit, part # T4843200 will be compatible with your trailer as long as your existing hubs use # L68149 inner and # L44649 outer bearings and a 10-19 grease seal. You will also want to confirm that the bolt pattern of your existing wheels is compatible with the 5 lug on 4-1/2 inch bolt circle discs included with the kit. The surge or hydraulic coupler included with the kit does include an electric lock out that will connect to the reverse light circuit of the tow vehicle....
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  • Differences between Titan Disc Brake Kit # T4843100 and # T4843500
  • The primary difference between the two disc brake systems is the hydraulic actuator. The actuator on the T4843100 features electric reverse lock-out and is rated at 6000 lbs towing, 600 lbs tongue weight. The coupler is designed for 1-7/8, 2 inch or 50 mm trailer balls. The kit is compatible with 14 and 15 inch wheels. The T4843500 uses a manual reverse lock-out lever, and is rated at 7500 lbs, 750 lbs tongue weight. The coupler is designed for 2 inch trailer balls only. The kit is compatible...
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  • How to Reset the Breakaway Lever on a Titan Model 6 Trailer Brake Actuator
  • I will be happy to explain resetting the breakaway lever on the Titan Model 6 actuator, # T4747200. The manual states: Resetting the Break-away Lever: (Refer to the parts diagram in the instructions linked to the right). When the break-away lever (item 7) is engaged, it is in the vertical position. It must be reset before the trailer is moved. First, carefully loosen the pressure line fitting to the master cylinder to relieve hydraulic pressure (Figure 3). Then remove the four bolts...
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  • Parts Needed to Backup Without Putting on the Surge Brakes When Parking or Launching a Boat Trailer
  • Yes, there is a way to back up your boat trailer and keep the surge brake actuator, # T4332900, from applying pressure to the trailer brakes. You will need an electric lockout solenoid, # T4748800, which will close when you shift the vehicle into reverse, allowing the trailer to be backed. Along with the solenoid, you will need a solenoid cover, # T4835800183, if your actuator is the model 60 actuator that you referenced. The cover will keep the solenoid from getting stepped on and damaged...
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  • Recommended Surge Brake Actuator With Electric Lockout For Drum Brakes
  • We do have a surge actuator that has an electric lockout for drum brakes. I recommend the Titan Zinc-Plated Brake Actuator, part # T4339720. This actuator is adjustable to fit 1-7/8, 2, and 50-mm hitch balls and is a bolt-on for 3 inch wide trailer tongues. The breakaway kit is included with this actuator. If you have a 7-way connector on the back of your Expedition, you will need to change the trailer connector to match. I assume you have a 4-way connector. I recommend a 7-way connector...
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  • How To Use an Electric Brake Controller With Hydraulic Brakes On Tandem Axle Boat Trailer
  • Your boat trailer has hydraulic surge brakes that uses a surge coupler to activate the trailer brakes. An electric brake controller will activate the brakes by using an electric current, so you will have to either replace the hydraulic brakes on your trailer with electric brakes or use an electric over hydraulic brake actuator like the Dexter Electric Over Hydraulic Brake Actuator, part # K71-650. To use the Dexter actuator you will need to make sure your brake controller can be...
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