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post #1 of 7 Old 10-31-2008, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Will these brakes work?

I am looking at a trailer to tow behind my 07 1/2 ton chevy to haul my 00 TJ. I know nothing about trailer brakes so I have a quick question about the brakes on the trailer that I am getting.

Basically I am transfering from Bakersfield to South Dakota and my company is picking up the bill. I got a quote to have my TJ shipped to SD and it was just over a $1k. I can buy a trailer from a friend for the same price so my company will basically buy the trailer for me.

The question I have is what kind of brakes the trailer has? It is a tandem axle trailer with a hydraulic cylinder on the tongue. Does this brake work as some kind of surge brake? Is this sufficient for a simple towing on the highway?

Any info you guys could give me would be really appreciated.


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post #2 of 7 Old 10-31-2008, 08:08 PM
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You have surge brakes. I don't really like surge brakes. Most of the cheapo boat trailers I've towed were surge brakes. I wouldn't buy another trailer with surge brakes.

Having said that, your Chevy 1/2 ton would probably do fine without any brakes, so I'm sure you will be OK.

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Yep there surge brakes, they work ok but I would tow it around empty for a few miles to get used to them. They have a tendency of breaking when going down hill sometimes but will do the job. I know some people really like them but most switch to electric later. I've got a 1 ton Chevy and dont need breaks(but I always have them on just turned down) on my trailer if all im hauling is the jeep but if I have a full load on the truck there nice to have going down passes(turned on max).

Its state law in Wa to have some sort of breaks on any tandem axle trailer.

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Will my truck be able to pull this trailer? I am getting confused by all the different numbers and ratings that I see.

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I can't imagine the trailer would be too heavy for your truck. Just make sure the weight of the trailer and jeep don't exceed your truck's max towing capacity and you should be good to go.

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The rating on my truck says 7,500 lbs. It is a crew cab 4x4 with a 5.3 Would this be enough to pull the trailer (weight unknown) and my 2000 TJ (weight-4,500 lbs). I want to be safe and not put other people or myself at risk.

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post #7 of 7 Old 11-04-2008, 03:05 PM
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Yes it will tow the trailer and Jeep on it.

Keep it out if overdrive when going up hill though.(its not good on the tranny)

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