During the winter months I made a post about brake upgrades that I am planning for our Loadmaster aluminum boat trailer that our Mach 1 rides on. Maybe I'm lucky but I have not had a lot of banging with Tie Down model 66 actuator and drum brake system. One reason my surge brake coupler rattles and bangs as badly as it does is the fact that everything is worn out. One more night to work at the Indian hospital then I am off for a week !Redneck Trailer Supply called Friday. 4-Way Connectors4-Way connectors are available allowing the basic hookup of the three lighting functions (running, turn, and brake lights) plus one pin is provided for a ground wire. Kit includes everything you need to switch your trailer over to disc brakes for improved performance and greater stopping power.
I was able to bleed the brakes by myself on an inclined driveway and a clear hose into a clear container.
If the intended market for this kit is a trailer-maintenance professional, the kit is OK. 141885CommentsThank you for your follow-up message just another example of the excellent customer service provided by e-Trailer.
Trailer parts superstore offers a wide selection of dexter trailer axles at discount pricing. Copyright © 2012 Autos Weblog, All trademarks are the property of the respective trademark owners. Well, it did not get done during the winter months, and now that it is summer and several long distance trips are coming up soon, I am finally beginning the project. I can feel the tug of the coupler at times, but the draw bar and how well it fits, is a big source of noise in trailers.
The brakes are worn enough that the plunger must travel a fair distance before enough pressure is applied to dampen the travel, hence the rattle and bang.For salt water use, I would probably just rebuild the surge brakes, and add brakes to the second axle in the process. One good thing about salt water is that it does not rot transoms like fresh water because the bacteria that rots wood does not live in salt water. The axles and other assorted parts are at their facility in Lincolnton NC, and will ship my way by Monday.
My original coupler used 2 bolts that go all the way through the coupler and the new coupler (same as yours) matches up with those holes so I figured I would go that route.Any particular reason you are going with 4 bolts?
Most standard light duty trailers will use a 4-pole flat connector.5-Way Connectors5-Way connectors are available allowing the basic hookup of the three lighting functions (running, turn, and brake) and besides the ground, one pin is available to provide support for another function. Leverlock adjustable-ball actuator features easy-to-use latch and electric reverse lockout. Disc brake calipers have only one moving part, as opposed to the many moving parts you find with drum brakes. This is the Titan disc brake kit and lever lock actuator with the electric lockout for a single 3,500 pound axle. If you notice, it comes with the four bolt brake flange configuration and the hardware to install those. This built-in shield will protect that solenoid valve from the elements.Now the lever lock coupler, this will actually, the mechanism on it will ensure easy, secure connecting.
Not enough can be said about thattopic.The trailer brakes worked excellent - no issues at all. The trailer is a 1997 Loadmaster salt water trailer that is rated for a 22 to 26 foot boat.
It will require new holes to be drilled in the trailer tongue, but otherwise looks like it will be a perfect fit.
They transfer the load from the trailer to the coupler and also transfer the coupler movement to the brake actuator through two dampers. I use a cushioned drawbar pin and I shimmed the draw bar using duct tape around it to dampen the noise and it's pretty minimal.
Truly asking in case I should order more bolts since I am ordering from McMastercarr today. There is a fourth set of holes, however they are too close together to install a fourth set of bolts wihtout over lapping each other.
The coupler is designed to replace a surge brake coupler for this type of conversion.The trailer tongue with the surge brake coupler removed.
This means that with disc brakes there are fewer parts to maintain, fewer parts to get damaged and fewer parts to repair or replace, thus reducing the cost of maintenance.Performance increases as well.
Now this kit will include everything you need to switch your trailer over to disc brakes for improved performance and greater stopping power. Now this hydraulic actuator will synchronize your trailer brakes with your tow vehicle brakes.


Not enough to legally require brakes in my state but heavy enough that I drove out of my way to avoid a particularly steep hill on the way to the river boat ramp. Installation was easy and fun, even for a guy with minimal hand tools and NO prior experience working on trailers. I am going to the local hardware store in the morning to pick up some new grade 8 bolts for the install. Here in the salt pond we could never use electric trailer brakes, it's enough trouble to keep the trailer lights working (pack the terminals with marine grease). For us electric brakes make perfect sense.The electric brakes on my bass boat trailer have been in operation for over 15 years, and look virtually perfect inside. I decided to drill out the tongue so that three bolts will secure the coupler to the tongue instead of just the two.
Disc brakes deliver consistent braking even at highway speeds, unlike drum brakes, which often show a substantial drop in braking torque at higher speeds. Now the bearing race is already pre-installed on the hub and rotors, and it also comes with the bearing protectors.Now it does include this line kit right here which includes the steel lines and the hydraulic brake lines, and all the fittings for a single axle. Alright, today on This Old Trailer, what we are going to do .Electric trailer brakes, brake shoes, brake magnets, and backing plate assemblies and components. Most state regulations require brakes to be fitted on boat trailers .The traditional braking system for Utility and RV trailers has been the standard electric drum brake. The trailer has been adjusted so that the boat fits onto it well.The trailer came equiped with surge brakes. This coupler is designed for 21K tow weight, but it is difficult to see how a 3 inch square tube tongue, or a 3 inch channel tongue could possibably be rated at 21K ?
Everything shown here on the table is included.The two disc brake kits include these two hub and rotor assemblies. The coupler is installed further back in the trailer than it was before, so it's even stronger in the vertical plane. Designed for single-axle trailers, this kit includes not only the disc brake assemblies themselves - along with all the necessary lines, fittings and mounting hardware - it also contains the Model 60 Leverlock actuator.
It also includes the two calipers with the ceramic brake pads, and the mounting hardware is all included. This hydraulic brake actuator has a higher psi rating for disc brake applications and includes an electric reverse lockout so that you can back up without activating your trailer's brakes. Every two years Dad would off load the boat, break the trailer down, sand all the rust off and repaint with zinc oxide primer then paint. Speedway Illustrated Magazine September 2003 Trailer brakes are a necessary evil .Disc VS Drum Brakes. They still provide some stopping power, however the braking provided is minimal at best.I have decided to install electric drum brakes on all four wheels. My only concern is to maintian the current weight specs on the trailer, and this will do it. I also grease up the adjuster star wheel threads and pivot points for the brake shoes and this keeps them working well. For boat trailer application, hydraulic surge brakes are the most commonly used trailer braking system. Electic drum brakes will work better on the mountain highways that we travel, providing complete control of the braking at all times.
The truck is a six speed manual, so yes I use low gears to decend a hill, to preserve the brakes. The coupler is designed to replace a surge brake coupler for a conversion to electric, or electric over hydralic brakes. I usually decend a hill in low gear, then use the brakes to stop at the bottom on the hill. I can mount the coupler in the exact same location as the OEM coupler, however since my trailer is made for a 22 to 26 foot boat, and my boat is a 22 footer, the trailer is longer then it needs to be.
My tow vehicles are all equiped with electric brake contollers, so there will be no additional costs to equip tow vehicles for this conversion. It will be a nice feeling to know that there will working brakes at the bottom of the hill.
I am going to move the coupler further back onto the 3 inch square tube tongue and mount it there.
It is often found on newer trucks and suvs that come equipped from the factory with a trailer hitch.Mounting Your Trailer Wiring HarnessOften the 4-pole trailer connector will remain in the trunk or cargo area of a car or SUV when not in use. For salt water use, I would not recommend electric brakes, as corrosion and rust would become a maintenance nightmare.
It will shorten the trailer by roughly 8 inches which will be just fine for this application.


This helps to extend the life of the connector by protecting it from the elements and accidental damage.
For the record Dexter Axle company makes a galvanized electric brake system that is suitable for boating use, and they claim that the units will hold up in salt water use.
When it is needed for towing, simply pull the connector out and shut the trunk or rear door. That should do it for a review on part number T4843100, the Titan disc brake kit and lever lock actuator with the electric lockout for single 3,500 pound axles.
I have been using the standard Dexter system designed for travel trailers and cargo trailers on my bass boat trailer for over 15 years now in fresh water use only. We did the truck at 32K miles, because we had been dragging a 36 foot Holiday Rambler 5th wheel up and down the Blueridge Parkway, and the OEM brakes were worn out.
When my boat is in the garage the outdrive has to be pushed back between two wall studs to have enough room to shut the garage door with 3 inches of clearance from the coupler to the door. Now when we go out on in salt water we go with a charter service, usually Miss Judy's in Savannah GA.
I tow a 24 foot enclosed race car trailer to haul my show car, as well as a 12.5K hydraulic dump trailer. Decreasing the length of the trailer by 8 inches will make a better fit in the garage, and will increase the strength of the tongue slightly by decreasing the span between the ball and the axles.
Since none of us are experienced captains it is probably safer that way, and we still have a lot of fun.
If the trailer connector needs to be mounted under the vehicle, we offer many different mounting brackets that will help to protect the connector and keep it from dangling beneath the vehicle.Trailer Wiring AdaptersThe T-One connectors and hardwire kits all use a 4-pole trailer connector.
The F-350 is clean as new with 42 K miles, on it, however it has seen some heavy duty towing in its life. One thing that I will have to make sure of is that the tail gate on the F-350 can still be lowered with the trailer connected to the truck. This connector is most common among the smaller utility trailers and can easily be adapted to match the larger 5-pole, 6-pole and 7-pole styles.
Right now there is good clearance, however if I shorten the trailer enough so that the tail gate hits the jack or winch stand, one of my grandchildren will manage to drop the tailgate and put a nice big dent in it just for me.
The bass boat axle were some of the first axles designed with Ezlube spindles, and those still work as designed. By the time I returned home, it was time to catch a nap before starting four 12 hour night shifts at the hospitals. Adapters will plug into the flat 4-pole connector and have wire leads to provide additional functions such as powering trailer brakes, power lead for utility lights, reverse, or auxiliary power for a winch or tools. Since this boat will never see salt water use while we own it, there is no reason to avoid using the standard electric braking system. The upgrade for the aluminum trailer will include to new custom made Dexter 3500 lb straight axles with EZlube, and the new Never Adjust Brakes.
They either drag down the hill, and get hot, than they will fade, or they don't engage requiring the tow vehicle to do the job by itself. It will be so nice not to have that surge brake coupler banging and jaring at every start or stop . I removed two of the wheels from the trailer, and it turned out that the Dexter parts will fit my existing axles, although those axles are not the Dexter brand. After pricing out all parts individually I discovered that is actually costs less to purchase two complete axle assemblies. There is also an advantage to installing two new factory assembled complete units under the trailer. Since my tow vehicles have the charging circuit in place, I will be installing a 7 pin Bargman style plug and cord on the boat trailer to provide the charging circuit.
I will also be taking advantage of that feature and wiring up a couple of driving lights on the rear of the boat trailer for nightime use.The coupler will be exchanged for a unit made by Tie-down. The 2 inch solid couplers available are rated up to 5K, however my boat trailer is rated for 7200 lbs. I felt that it will be better to add components that excede the strength of the trailer that to add components that are of less capicity then those items currently on the trailer.The coupler was ordered from E-trailer. I will follow up with photos and other information as others may want to do this conversion or some other type of similiar conversion to their rigs.More to follow.



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