What is Needed to Add Electric Brakes to Utility Trailer?

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I have a 2015 Sure-Trac 5x8 top tube utility trailer. It has no brakes, as it wasnt required. Id like to add them myself. Can you provide me with a list of parts required? This trailer came without brakes, but I was told that they dealers can install them. I wanted to do it myself. The wiring would need to be changed to accommodate the brake power to what I assume is the round rv type over the flat that is now being used. Type wanted: electric brakes Axle 3500 lb capacity Tires: 205/75 15"

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In order to add electric brakes to your trailer you are going to need to switch to a hub and drum assembly. For 3,500 lb axles with 15 inch wheels you may be able to use # AKHD-545-35-K but you are going to need to make sure you have a brake mounting flange. I've added a link to our page with flanges so you can find the correct one. The hub and drum assembly I've mentioned uses inner bearing L68149 and outer bearing L44649 and is compatible with # 84 spindles. Your current hub will need to match those in order to use this assembly.

You are also going to need a breakaway kit such as # 20400, the correct wiring for your vehicle in order to add a 7-way to use the brakes, a brake controller, and finally the electric brake assemblies themselves. I have added a link to our page with our electric drum brake assemblies as well as a help article for you which goes into detail about the things needed to add electric brakes, and if you let me know what hub and drum kit you'll be getting as well as if your vehicle is wired for a brake controller I'll be happy to help you find everything you need.

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I finally had a chance to look at the bearing number. L44649 I'm finally ready to order: My truck already has a 7 way and 4 way plug connected to a factory in-dash brake controller. The only item I think I need that wasn't mention, is the following upgrade kit to change out the current trailer's flat plug to a 7 way for bring brake feed and battery power to the trailer. #ET7WK Trailer Wiring 7-way upgrade kit this is the remainder of the list that you created for me: #AKHD-545-35-K Hub & Drum Assyembly #AKEBRK-35-SA 10" Electric trailer Brake Kit #BRKH10B Mounting Hardware #20400 Hopkins Brake Away Kit Thanks for all your help.

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If you already have wiring for your vehicle but need to upgrade to a 7-way for your trailer then yes the # e99011 would be the correct part.

That, along with hub and drum assembly # AKHD-545-35-K, Electric Trailer Brake Kit # AKEBRK-35-SA, mounting hardware # BRKH10B and breakaway kit # 20400 should complete your set up assuming you have a brake controller such as the Prodigy P3 # 90195.

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