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ffk posted 03-28-2002 11:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for ffk   Send Email to ffk  
Does anyone have strong thoughts regarding installing brakes an both axles of a tandem
axle trailer? Just additional maintenance or is the redundancy worth the effort for long hauls?
Thanks, Frank
RNelson posted 07-08-2008 12:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for RNelson  Send Email to RNelson     
I am a firm believer if you have tandem axle have tandem brakes. You are going to get a lot more stopping power and you are going to save your vehicle brakes. I would suggest stainless steel disc brakes. I just added a new set to mine. I used Kodiak brand, suppossed to be the top braking setup in the trailer world, or so I have been told. Not sure where you are located, but I would shop for [Kodiak brand brakes]. I know I was looking at over $1,000 locally. I found mine at a trailer parts store online. They will work with you on price if you call them, even if the brakes are on sale on their site.

They also sell lawn mower part, but they have a huge selection of trailer parts. I think they have anything you would ever need for a trailer. I know it is in the tens of thousands of parts. I have bought all my parts from them. Tell them Rick from St. Charles sent you, and tell them I said to take care of you--hehehe. Good people at that place.

But good luck with it. I would recommend it. It also helps save you money in the long run. You don't put so much strain in one set of brakes and your vehicle. I would recommend getting a brake assist as well. That way you can adjust the stoping power to your trailer, and they are very simple to hook up.

Good Luck,

Lars Simonsen posted 07-09-2008 07:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Lars Simonsen  Send Email to Lars Simonsen     
I haul my 18' Dauntless on a dual axle trailer. I have brakes on one axle, and that's plenty. The trailer came with drum brakes, but they were nothing but trouble, and eventually I gutted them and hauled the boat around without brakes. Recently, I ordered Kodiak S-Cad disk brakes (the stainless steel didn't fit my 13" diameter wheels).

I'm very satisfied, so far. They seem to be of very high quality, and pretty easy to install. I got them from Eastern Marine (Trailer Parts Superstore), and found that they were also very helpful in answering questions about what parts I needed, and answers to installation questions.

tmann45 posted 07-09-2008 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for tmann45  Send Email to tmann45     
Some technical articles and one in particular discussing your question at
jimh posted 07-09-2008 08:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I have a tandem axle trailer. I have brakes on both axles. I use Tiedown Engineering galvanized drum brakes which are actuated by a DICO Model 6 surge coupler. We often tow long distances. Already this year we have towed about 2,100 miles. I estimate I will tow at least 1,500 miles more this year.

It is often postulated that on boat trailers which have brakes, about 50-percent of them are in a state of disrepair and do not work effectively. When the brakes on a trailer are working properly, the braking effort required from the towing vehicle is generally reduced significantly, often so much so that no more braking effort is required to stop the combined rig than would be needed to stop the tow vehicle alone, so great is the contribution of the trailer's brakes.

This spring I had a problem with the trailer and had to temporarily disable the brakes on the trailer for a portion of my trip. The behavior of the rig when the trailer brakes were not working was distinctly different, and I felt very uncomfortable driving without trailer brakes.

jimh posted 07-09-2008 09:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The question of the necessity of brakes on all axles of a multi-axle trailer is often answered by the laws of the states on whose highways the trailer will be operated. When towing long distances one often operates in many states, so it is reasonable to configure the trailer so that it is legal in most any state. This favors using brakes on all axles.
Bulldog posted 07-15-2008 05:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bulldog  Send Email to Bulldog     
Did Frank really start this thread over six years ago?....Jack

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