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Old 06-09-2016, 05:41 PM   #1
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Brake System for a Tow Dolly w/o brakes?

I thought I would ask. Pretty sure I know the answer - do they make a brake system for use with a Tow Dolly without brakes? I have access to one I could borrow but it doesn't have brakes. I wouldn't use it without.

Not sure what you can do with the dolly either to outfit it with brakes, so I suppose that it is an option too.

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Old 06-09-2016, 06:25 PM   #2
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Hi, I don't know of any dollies that have a braking system without installing brakes on the dolly.

Depending on whose dolly you have you can add electric brakes to any dolly by taking off the existing backing plate and installing one with electric brakes. You would then have to run a wire to attach it to the motorhome and if there isn't five wires on the motorhome plug then you would have to run a blue wire to the front of motorhome and install a brake controller in motorhome by driver.

Now there will be people say that you can have surge brakes on a dolly thereby eliminating the controller but I don't recommend it as you don't have any control over it. With a controller you can adjust the amount of braking you need.

I have a Roadmaster tow dolly and I installed the electric brakes myself including the brake controller which was no biggy if you take your time and follow the directions.

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Have had two dollies with surge brakes. Both worked as advertised EXCEPT we did burn the shoes up coming out of Jackson Hole. That was a dolly built by a local trailer outfit.
The present KK-460 that we're not using right now came without a spring loaded plunger and had too much braking when using the exhaust brake. Called Demco about it and they asked me to look for the spring/plunger. Nope, not there, so they sent me one at no charge.
The really great thing about the surge brakes is that no controller is needed so I cna loan it to people and they still have a braking system so it's legal.
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I have a Roadmaster tow dolly and I installed the electric brakes myself including the brake controller which was no biggy if you take your time and follow the directions.

Good Luck!
What kind of monies? Skill level required?
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Old 06-09-2016, 07:09 PM   #5
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Surge brakes work like your foot on the brake. When you push on the pedal, the dolly pushs on the actuator. You let some pressure up on the pedal and it pushs less on the actuator.

U Haul uses surge brakes on all of their trailers. ( But not the dolly ? )

My dollys surge, disk brakes will work, even if I forget to plug it in. It is also designed to put the brakes on, if it falls off the hitch.

If you can find the manufacture of the dolly, look on their website.

I know that Stehl Tow sell both electric and surge brakes kits.
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If you go to Etrailer.com they have both types of brakes you can add to your dolly.
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What does your axle currently look like? Some axles have the mounting plate even though no brakes are installed. If that is the case then installation is easier. Surge brakes will require removing the trailer tongue and more work to install vice electric since the tongue is a two piece arrangement. Might be better off looking for a used dolly and avoid all the work, especially if you have to have someone else do the installation. Might be cheaper and easier in the long run.
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You can put electric brakes on a dolly for about $300-350. You need the backing plates with brakes, the hubs and the wiring. Try e-trailer.com for parts or your local Magnum or Big Tex trailer dealer.

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