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Old 04-10-2009, 01:55 PM   #15
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I use a Ready Brake system. I wouldn't call it exactly surge braking but it works a lot like it. It's fool proof, inexpensive and very effective. No boxes on the floor, no falsing, no problem.

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Old 04-13-2009, 12:04 PM   #16
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I have surge brakes on my boat trailer, and of course I have to lock the brake off while backing up, but i am really starting to hate having to lock them out going down long steep mountain roads too. My loaded trailer only weighs in at 7500 but that is heavy enough to engage the surge brakes going down mountains.
I need to switch to elec/hydraulic brakes. Regardless of the cost of the switch it just doesn't make sense to me to have brakes that I have to override so much.

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Old 05-13-2009, 10:33 AM   #17
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Another advantage to surge brakes is that the tow vehicle does not need a controller. I tow my enclosed trailer with two different vehicles, no controllers in either.

Backing up in gravel can be difficult unless you release the pin.

Unlocking the pin going down a steep mountain road sounds high risk to me. I put up with the surging.
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I have surge breaks on my tow dolly and have had no problems but then i can't back up the dolly anyway
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Old 07-03-2009, 09:02 AM   #19
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Many have used surge brakes.. In fact on those occasions where I"ve rented a larger U-Haul (IE An Auto Trailer) I've used surge brakes.. They work quite well,

IF you have ever towed with electric brakes then you know what they are like.. If you'd like to "Test drive" surge brakes. U-Haul's larger trailers (Including the auto trailers, (I dont' tknow about dollies)) should have surge brakes.

Simplicity plus in that there is NOTHIGN to hook up and they are "Self adjusting" power wise

However That said, I like the level of control I have with my electric brakes on my towed car

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