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Old 07-24-2006, 07:40 AM   #15
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by mrschwarz:
Most U-Haul trailers and tow dollies don't. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Most U-Haul trailers and tow dollies utilize a surge brake mounted on the trailer or dolly tongue.
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I'm with the original poster. It's confusing w/contradictory claims. After awhile I called DMV. They read me the pertaining law and dollies and some trailers DO NOT require brakes. Only Workhorse, in my case require them. Just to verify, I called U-Haul corp and was told their dollies do not have brakes. Before the verifaction, I spoke to a brake supplier engineer who agreed it is better to use the rear brakes of the vehicle on the dolly rather than dolly brakes given the choice. However time and cost are big consideration for me.
Abarkl, where did you get your dolly brake parts?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">
Abarkl, where did you get your dolly brake parts? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I picked up all my brake parts and breakaway switch (which I forgot to mention) from RVPartsOutlet.com. However, even though there was nothing wrong with the parts and price, I'm currently looking for a new online RV parts vendor for other reasons.
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So you did the battery,breakaway&actuator. Pls let me know if you find a better supplier by private e-mail if you like tho others would probably appreciate knowing. Thanks
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Yes I can feel the toad brakes come on when I use the brake buddy with the toak on the dolly. I usually keep the sensitivity low so that it will only apply the brakes in a real hard braking situation.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Tom N:
Most U-Haul trailers and tow dollies utilize a surge brake mounted on the trailer or dolly tongue. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Actually most U-Hauls don't have any brakes at all. Only the larger ones do. I rented U-Haul tow dolly several years ago and it did not have surge brakes. Only the multiple axles U-hauls do.
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So you did the battery,breakaway&actuator. Pls let me know if you find a better supplier by private e-mail if you like tho others would probably appreciate knowing. Thanks </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The best price I found on the controller was from Dyersonline.com. Although I don't buy from them since I'd have to pay tax, I would recommend them for all the parts we've discussed. You can also find everything on eBay and save even a few dollars more.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Does anypone have any experience with Readybrake? It looks like I could get a towbar with integrated surge brakes for about the cost of a tow bar. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes, we have the ReadyBrute towbar with integrated ReadyBrake. It is a very beefy towbar. The brakes work flawlessly. We are VERY pleased with it.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by eandy:
Handy, I was about to post a similar question. I too have a dolly w/o brakes. I looked into putting brakes on but found that I would have to abandon the hubs and stub axles and install a drop axle to get brakes and putting the towed vehicle very high off ground. I always thought the rear brakes on the toad is the most effective to use. So if mrschwarz doesn't mind(we may both get the best solution) I'll ask abarkl if he had a solid axle or stub axles on his. Second, not being sold on Brake Buddy, (who needs a cumbersome box on the floor to mess with) I've read of a simpler setup that uses the power steering vacuum on the toad to apply toad brakes. BTW I didn't know the vacuum could be used w/o engine running but I must have been wrong. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Actually it is the Power BRAKES (not power steering) and the way it is done is that a aux vacuum pump is installed in the towed vehicle - along with a check valve and a T in the vacuum line, to the power brake booster. So when the brake system - such as the SMI unit(s) or the US Gear unit gets the signal to apply the brakes the vacuum pump keeps the power brake booster filled (emptied of air).

However, by far the best, simplest and least costly answer would to install electric dolly brakes. Likely $1000 cheaper


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I went ahead and bought the Roadmaster Evenbrake unit. There is not a lot of romm in a Mini Cooper under the hood. They had to move the battery to the back of the car.

I didn't want to invest in brakes for the dolly. The only reason I got it was because Mini told me I couldn't tow 4 down. They have since been proved wrong by a number of posts in this forum.

My goal is to eventually replace the tow dolly with a towbar. With the brake-in-a-box solution, I will still have aux brakes.
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