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dauntlass 18 posted 04-20-2002 07:42 AM ET (US)   Profile for dauntlass 18   Send Email to dauntlass 18  
Does any one have any input on disc brakes on trailers vs drum brakes.Has anyone converted to disc brakes?
lhg posted 04-21-2002 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I think there is a lot of previous discussion on the subject, but the consensus is "do it". I have 4 wheel SS disc brakes on mine, by Tie Down Engineering. Totally trouble free after 2 years now.

I know that "Kingfish" has just made this conversion under his 22 Outrage, and then proceeded to take a 2000 mile trip, so he may hopefully have a report for you soon.

dauntlass 18 posted 04-21-2002 04:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
lhg thank you for your reply on disc brakes.I just installed them on my trailer but have not towed boat yet.Will let you know how they work.I have some concerne with angle of connection to ball hitch, tounge angles down I hope it does not cause brake drag I may have to adj.height of connection.
lhg posted 04-21-2002 06:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I think the trailer tongue should be as close to parallel to the ground as possible.
kingfish posted 04-23-2002 01:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
I am back!

Actually wound up being about 3000 miles when all was done and said, and the new disc brakes operated perfectly. I have a tandem axle trailer with discs on both axles and I travel with a weight distributing hitch, that acts to "buffer" the action of the surge mechanism a little, so the brakes don't necessarily come on unless I brake moderately hard; then I can take my foot off the brake pedal and the trailer brakes will still bring the whole rig to a stop. Not a problem big enough to cancel out the use of the weight distributing system though.

Anyway, you'll like the disc brakes, and Larry is correct in that the tongue should be parallel with the ground.

kingfish

ffk posted 04-23-2002 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for ffk  Send Email to ffk     
Just came up from Florida with my 21 Outrage on a tandem axle trailer with Kodiac SS disc brakes on both axles. They have 10" SS vented rotors and composite pistons in the calipers. The actuation is controlled by a Carlilse electric hydraulic actuator allowing total control and adjustment from the cab controller. Can't say enough good things about the system and would highly reccomend similar to anyone.

Frank

dauntlass 18 posted 05-30-2002 10:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
When it comes to stopping disc brakes have it all over drum brakes.I have made one round trip of 80 miles and one round trip of 150 miles no trouble with disc brake conversion. I really was suprized at the stopping power. It no longer feels like the boat wants to pass truck when stopping.I used Tie Down disc brake kits on both axels.

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