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Old 06-29-2012, 11:25 AM   #1
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I now tow 4 down and have my DP set up to tow 4 down with Brakemaster. I am considering going to a different Toad and include a golf cart. One way to accomplish this would be to put both of them in an enclosed trailer. I cannot recall ever seeing a trailer with brakes other than electric or surge brakes. How does one accomplish getting brakes to a trailer using air brakes?
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MaxBrake, in addition to their hydraulic-over-electric brake controller, shows to have an air-over-electric controller.

Etrailer.com lists a Warner air-over-electric controller in their catalog as well.

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Thanks!
Learn something every day and in a couple of days I'll need to create more space!
Looks as though the same controller is used for both apps.
Anybody here ever use one?
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I now tow 4 down and have my DP set up to tow 4 down with Brakemaster. I am considering going to a different Toad and include a golf cart. One way to accomplish this would be to put both of them in an enclosed trailer. I cannot recall ever seeing a trailer with brakes other than electric or surge brakes. How does one accomplish getting brakes to a trailer using air brakes?

Why do you feel the need to have air brakes on the trailer? In all likelyhood your chassis is prewired for electric brakes. In most cases there is a plug under the dash for the controller and the trailer hitch socket at the back already contains the wires needed.

Since the manufacturers prewire for electric brakes they must feel it's more than adequte to do the job. Most controllers are setup to handle up to 4 axles. That means they're rated for nearly 30,000 lbs.

I would check with Freightliner before making any modifications to add air powered brakes on a trailer. I know they don't like the 4 down braking systems that tap into the air manifold just to power a single cylinder. It may be a case that the air pump isn't powerful enough to take on the added load.
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I believe the OP's original question was to the effect of, "How do I CONTROL electric trailer brakes when the coach is equipped with air brakes?" I see no indication that he wants to convert the trailer(s) to air brakes.

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Last year I started pulling an enclosed 22 foot trailer with electric brakes. Use the Teckohsa RF or wireless brake controller such that I can relocate it in the towed vehicle when required to spot or move the trailer some distance. System seems to work flawlessly with lots of options in the controller. These options relate to the trailer loading and how aggressive the brakes are applied.
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