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Old 12-23-2009, 03:57 PM   #15
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Surge - because the government on the other side of the pond requires it.

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Old 01-02-2010, 08:36 PM   #16
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I Agree with Electric brakes.
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Old 01-02-2010, 10:39 PM   #17
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Most surge brake couplers today, are made so that you can put a pin in them, which prevents the brakes from working, so that you can back up.

The HUGE problem, is don't forget to remove the pin, afterwards.

All to many shops, are clueless about surge brakes, and how they "really" work.

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Surge brakes are quite common w/ heavy rental trailers as they don't require additional components in the towing vehicle. I've used electric brake trailers and ones w/ surge brakes; they both work well when properly adjusted and maintained. A lockout mechanism is indeed required when reversing up a hill w/ surge brakes.

I do find surge brakes to be less subject to intermittent faults and easier to diagnose, probably because it's easier to find leaking brake fluid than shorts or open circuits in hidden wiring.

On the other hand, the level of control afforded by correctly working electric brakes is very nice. I hope to get the electric brakes on our 71' Tradewind working soon, although a 7000 lb tow vehicle made doing w/o acceptable for getting our new acquisition home for repairs...

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All to many shops, are clueless about surge brakes, and how they "really" work.

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The above is very likely true for an RV shop. For a trailer shop especially a U-Haul franchise or a regular automotive shop, that type of shop would know exactly what to do.

In addition a surge brake system is easier (as in less components) to work on. Most of the system is exactly like the brake system on the TV.

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Hello

Dare I raise this thread from the depths of time??


Surge Brakes, also known as Overrun Brakes, have for quite a few years been fitted with an automatic reverse function. I guess that most trailers up to 20years old have this function.

There is a carrier in the drum capable of detecting direction of rotation. It is pretty simple and saves blocks of wood or forgotten pins.

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I have shamlessly pinched this link from another forum. It shows a little detail but no great explanation. For the explanation see this link from whence the first link came.

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