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Trailer Brakes and Wiring Installation

Today we are going to show you how to install brakes on a trailer that does not have existing brakes. It is actually pretty easy to do. It is just very time consuming. There are a couple of things you want to look out for before you start. You want to step behind your trailer, and look behind the existing hub you have. Make sure you have a flange like this on the axle. It is this 4-bolt flange on here; if you have that on your axle you are pretty much home free. This size flange has four bolts. You will see it on 3,500- pound axles like we have here. You also see it on 2,000- pound axles. On a 3,500 -pound one you would probably use a 10- inch drum and on a lighter axle, 2,000 pounds, you probably would use a 7- inch size. Also you notice we have the hub missing. We have to take that off because the hub and drum assembly is all in one piece. It is not like the automotive application. You have to take off the old hub, discard it, and start off fresh.


This Old Trailer: Electric Trailer Brake Installation Part 1

Alright, today on This Old Trailer, what we are going to do is install electric brakes. Right now this trailer does not have any brakes on it whatsoever, so it has two drag axles. So the first thing that we need to do is go ahead and take off the rear wheels. And then we will go ahead and take off the hubs. At this point we will take off the dust cap on our axle. And basically what you want to do is on this particular unit we have an E-Z Lube cap, so it fits kind of tight. It is a good idea to go ahead and rotate the hub and lightly strike it and then I will just back it off with a screw driver behind the flange. And then pry it off. Alright, let us wipe off the excess grease on the end of the spindle here and we will get to our tang washer. And we will release it so we can back off the castle nut. Alright, we have it cleaned up a little bit. Now right here, this is the tab I was talking about. That is our tang washer. Take this. Push it down flat to the flat spot on our spindle and then you can take the castle nut off. 1:07


This Old Trailer: Changing Hydraulic Trailer Brake to Electric

Today on This Old Trailer we are going to replace hydraulic brakes with electric brakes. Basically it is going to be a matter of taking off the tires, removing the hubs, go ahead and removing the backing plates and drain the hydraulic lines of fluid, and then going ahead and bolting on the new brakes. We will start off, obviously, by taking the wheels off. OK, go ahead and remove the dust cover here. It is an E-Z Lube spindle so this has a tang washer that we need to bush back down so we can unlock the castle nut right here. Just push it back down. Now we should be able to take the hub right off. The next task is to go ahead and disconnect the hydraulic lines. We have that disconnected. Now we need to pull the clip out so we can release this part here. And that is just a little piece of metal right here that you can just pry out. Alright, now we can unbolt this at the back of the hydraulic backing plate. Alright, now we can unbolt the backing plate from the flange on the axle. Now we are down to our bare axle. We will clean it up a little bit and then reinstall the brakes. 1:24


Bleeding Brakes Demonstration

All right today we are going to show you how to bleed hydraulic brakes on a trailer. First off you want to top off your master cylinder, with appropriate fluid. To pump the fluid from the master cylinder out, there is a couple of different ways of doing it. Sometimes it will have the emergency lever the and the safety chain will pull. Okay what you can do is unbolt the plate that holds the lever in place and then use that lever to actuate the master cylinder and force the fluid through. Some of them, you are going to have to go where the ball goes and manually activate it. Pull it in and out. Or like on this model here there might be a little lever underneath here that you could use.


Changing Brakes Demonstration

All right today we are going to show you a typical brake inspection. Basically what we are going to do is take off the brake hub here and we are going to inspect the brakes, the linings, the springs, and the display cylinder inside. First off we will go ahead and take off the dust cap. In this case it is a bearing buddy. Next, is taking out the locking pin. There is either a cotter pin that goes in the center here but once you get that lock washer off you have to go ahead and just take off the nut and pull your whole hub off. First thing you want to check for is grease on the linings, and sure enough we have got grease all over these linings here. Also on this side here and probably smeared around over to the other side as you can tell.




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Titan Trailer Brakes T4843300 Review

Speaker 1: Today we're going to take a look at the Titan single axle disc brake kit, and swing away actuator with electric lock out, for 3,500 pound axle. Now this all includes the kit, has everything you need to switch your trailer over to disc brakes. And disc brakes'll deliver better performance. Gives you consistent stopping, even at highway speeds, and shorter stopping distances than most drum brakes.Now this part is two disc brake kits. It includes the dacromet plated hub and rotor assemblies, the dacromet calipers with the mounting brackets, and the hardware to install. It does attach, you can see, to a four bolt brake flange.



Kodiak Disc Brake Kit Review

Speaker 1: Today, you're gonna be taking a look at the Kodiak disk brake kit with 13 inch hub and rotors with eight on six and a half inch bolt patterns. That's gonna be for 7,000 pound axles. Part number K2HR712D.A lot of people are upgrading their drum brakes to disk brakes on their trailer for good reason. They're gonna ride better, they're gonna give us more breaking power, including on the highway where most drum brakes tend to fade and have less power and there's less moving parts, which means there's gonna be less to maintain, less to replace, which that means the maintenance cost is gonna go down. And overall, a disk brake is gonna give you a lot better braking performance over any kind of drum brake.Here's what our Kodiak disk brake looks like once it's installed. Now, since it is a kit, it's gonna be a lot easier to upgrade from drum brakes to disk brakes, giving us a lot better braking power and a lot more even braking even when we're on the highway.



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Trailer Brakes Questions and Answers

  • 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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  • Comparing The etrailer.com Self-Adjusting To The Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Brake Assemblies
  • The only difference between the Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting - 10" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 3,500 lbs # AKEBRK-35-SA and the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit - 10" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 3.5K # 23-468-469 other than brand name are that the etrailer.com brake assemblies have brake shoe material that is cut during production versus scored and snapped off. This actually makes it a better brake shoes because the brake material lasts longer...
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  • How to Remove Rusted Lug Nuts on Calkins Boat Trailer Hubs in Order to Replace Tires
  • I can suggest two methods for helping to loosen the rusted-on lug nuts on your Calkins boat trailer. The first method, which takes longer, is to apply and re-apply (as many times as necessary) a penetrating oil and allow it time to work through the rust on the threads. Depending on how severe the rust damage is this may take anywhere from hours to days. Such products are offered under a number of different brand names. They work slowly but also have less chance of causing damage. The...
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  • Disc Brake Kit Recommendation for 7,000 lb Dexter Axles
  • For Dexter 7k axles we have the Kodiak XL Disc Brake Kit part # K2HR79E which is a confirmed fit and would work well. You will need to provide the bearings though which are part numbers # 25580 and # 02475. For a grease seal you would need part # RG06-070.
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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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  • 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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  • Parts Needed to Convert Econoline 14k Tandem Axle Trailer to Disc Brakes
  • Since you have 7k axles with 8 on 6-1/2 inch bolt patterns we have kits that would fit the axle but the rotors are so big they require a 16 inch or larger wheel diameter. So for the kit for each axle you would want the part # K2HR712D. For a wheel and tire that would fit this you'd want the part # AC16R8SM. Then for a electric over hydraulic kit we have the part # CAR-HBA16-2 that comes with our best performing and most reliable actuator plus brake lines and a breakaway kit. I attached...
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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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  • Comparing Atwood, etrailer, and Demco Trailer Brakes for Boat Trailer
  • Essentially yes, all of them will work for your trailer assuming you have 3,500 pound axles and a 4 bolt mounting flange. However, there are some differences between the brake assemblies you mentioned. The Atwood # AT85735 a free-backing brakes, meaning they will not engage when reversing with your trailer. If your trailer has a reverse lockout on it then this feature is not necessary. They're coated with an e-coat used for corrosion resistance. The Demco brakes # 40716-15 are...
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  • Disc Brake Kit Recommendation for Boat Trailer with 6k Axles
  • Based on what you listed as having on your trailer axle the Kodiak Disc brake kit part # K2HR526D that you listed would be the correct kit. Since you said saltwater you might be more interested in the kit that has stainless steel rotors, calipers, and mounting brackets # K2HR526DS. You'll need to swap to a disc braker compatible surge brake actuator as well though since they require higher psi ratings than drum. For that the surge brake actuator part # T4750720 would work great as it...
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  • Recommended Disc Brakes For 2016 Grand Design GD Momentum With Lippert 7000 lb Triple Axle
  • For your Lippert 7,000 lb axles on your 2016 Grand Design GD Momentum triple axle trailer, I recommend the Kodiak Disc Brake Kit - 13" Hub/Rotor - 8 on 6-1/2 - E-Coat - 7,000 lbs # K2HR79E. These fit the industry standard number 42 spindles. For this you will need the inner bearing # 25580 and outer bearing # 02475 along with oil seal # 10-63. I recommend you check the bearing diameters to make sure they match your spindles. I've attached a photo and article to assist. For your disc...
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  • Recommended Self-Adjusting Brake Assemblies for 7,000 lb Axles
  • For your 7,000 lb axles with 8 bolt hubs, the Electric Trailer Brake Kit - Self-Adjusting - 12" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 5.2K to 7K # AKEBRK-7-SA or the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit - 12" - Left and Right Hand Assemblies - 7K # 23-464-465 will be a great fit. The 5-bolt they are referring to is the mounting flange on your axle for the brake assemblies. All 7,000 lb axles will have either a 4 bolt (AL-KO Axle) or 5 bolt assembly (all other brands) with 5 being...
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  • Best Disc Trailer Brake Kit for Salt Water Use on 3500 Pound Axle
  • The Kodiak disc brake kit # K2R35DS is made up of Dacromet and stainless steel components. Dacromet has a 400 to 600 hour salt spray rating while stainless steel is about as corrosion resistant as you can get. Still when using these items in a salt water environment be sure to hose them off after use with fresh water. For the absolute best in corrosion resistance go with an all stainless kit like # K2R35S. I have linked installation details for you. I have also included a link to our...
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  • How to Convert Drum Brakes to Disc Brakes on a 2005 Boat Trailer
  • The Kodiak Dacromet Disc Brake Conversion Kit, item # K2HR35D, would be a good choice for conversion to disc brakes on your boat trailer. We have not had the opportunity to do a video installation for the disc brake conversion yet, but I will go through the installation with you. Before starting you will need to make some determinations to be sure you get the correct conversion kit and that you have the correct components on your trailer to work with the kit. You will need to be sure...
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  • Converting from Electric Drum Trailer Brakes to Kodiak Hydraulic Disc Trailer Brakes
  • To upgrade your car hauler to Disc Brakes will require several items. Since you are already setup with a brake controller for controlling electric brakes, the easiest way to upgrade would be to add an electric over hydraulic brake actuator to the trailer, like the Titan BrakeRite, # T4813100, for disc brakes. The pump in this actuator will be activated by the brake output circuit coming from your brake controller. If your brake controller is proportional, you will need to make sure it...
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  • Disc Brake Kit Recommendation for Lippert 7k Axles
  • The disc brake kit # K2HR712SCS that you referenced should work well for you. You would need a quantity of 2 of these for each of your axles. These have the same bolt pattern as your current setup and are rated a 7k. You can verify that these will fit your spindle by removing a current hub and checking the numbers on the bearings. If they are 25580 for the inner and 14125A for the outer this kit would fit the spindle and work well. This kit will fit a spindle that has a diameter of...
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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 Determine If Your Trailer Has Free-Backing Brake Assemblies When Replacing a Surge Coupler
  • To find out if you have free backing brakes, there are really only two ways I can think of to test. First, if your coupler works, you can push your surge coupler to move your trailer in reverse. If the brakes apply, then you know you do not have free backing brakes. If you can move it easily, then your brakes are free backing. If your coupler is broken and thus the reason you are replacing then you will need to go to the second testing option. You will need to pull one of your hubs...
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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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