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Old 10-18-2020, 07:31 PM   #1
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Surge and Electric Brake Question

I have a 2019 Winnebago Minnie Winnie with a GVWR of 11,500# and a GVCW of 18,500#..My owners manual says to not use surge brakes on a tow dolly as it may damage the hitch? I was leaning toward surge brakes if I use a dolly but am reluctant to go against the owners manual. Make sense? Bob
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https://www.irv2.com/forums/f85/surg...ly-316124.html

An earlier discussion that may help with the question.
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Not sure how surge brakes could damage a hitch?
In theory, when you apply the brakes, the dolly momentum will push against the braking mechanism of the dolly, thus apply brakes to the dolly as you apply brakes to the towing vehicle. The harder you apply the brakes, the harder the brakes are applied by dolly to the dolly brakes. If everything is working proper on the dolly, and the tow vehicle, you should barely notice a dolly (or any type trailer w/surge brakes) whenever you apply the brakes in the towing vehicle.
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