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Old 04-18-2015, 12:12 PM   #1
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Smile Dolly's and brakes

I would like to hear from people who have had brakes installed on there dolly.
Such as type,cost and time it took. Also would you do it again?
Sorry but I am not interested in opinions just want here from those who have done it.
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I not only put brakes on my swivel table dolly but also widened it to accommodate a full size vehicle.
Would I do it again, yes but only for the breaking advantage.
I would have bought a dolly that was wide enough but the braking is a have to as pulling 4500 lbs. causes a lot of force of motion when you have to break hard.
I got a garage to install the surge brakes. The cost to install was about $500.
finally, would I do it again, NO as I now own a dolly that weighs over 800 lbs. and cost near unto $6000. It is cheaper to buy a good dolly with disc brakes and forget all the hassel with retrofitting brake assemblies.
Hope this what you are looking for and Good Luck on your choice.

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Old 04-18-2015, 08:24 PM   #3
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I not only put brakes on my swivel table dolly but also widened it to accommodate a full size vehicle.
Would I do it again, yes but only for the breaking advantage.
I would have bought a dolly that was wide enough but the braking is a have to as pulling 4500 lbs. causes a lot of force of motion when you have to break hard.
I got a garage to install the surge brakes. The cost to install was about $500.
finally, would I do it again, NO as I now own a dolly that weighs over 800 lbs. and cost near unto $6000. It is cheaper to buy a good dolly with disc brakes and forget all the hassel with retrofitting brake assemblies.
Hope this what you are looking for and Good Luck on your choice.

Thanks for your reply. I can see your costs would be a deterrent. I think I am going to go ahead with an electric mod as I will do it myself as I am a mechanic and a welder. I don't think I will have to do any welding as their is a plate to mount the backing plate and shoe assemblies.
My only concern at this point is I would like to have surge brakes rather than electric.
I will be comparing price next week.
Surge brakes I believe would be easier to set up than electric. I am not sure I would get a good brake handling feeling with electric. Seems to me that the weight of the coach would be be a factor setting up electric on the controller.
Have run electric on tt but not pulling something with a heavy class a.
How do you test surge brakes? I have some ideas but have never used them.
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I have an older dolly that I added surge brakes to their great just hook up and go. I bought the kit from trailer parts depot. It took about five hours to install them myself total cost about 450.00 so far they work fine the kit included rotors, calipers, bearings, bearing buddies, actuator and hitch and of course instructions.

There's not much to test but you can link the safety chains and using a piece of 2x4 force the actuator to pump fluid witch is how you bleed surge brakes.
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try eTrailer.com as they seem to have the best prices and stand behind their product.

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Thanks fellows. I am sold on the surge brakes and will look at E trailer.
I am also going to checkout Edmonton Spring and Brake.
Appreciate your input.
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