Originally Posted by ROBERTSUNRUS
Hi, I don't think you need either the Hensley Arrow or the disk brakes with the 25'er. But if you have an insecure feeling towing without the Hensley as some people do, you better stick to it. And you already have one. As for disk brakes, until they make them work as well as the ones on your tow vehicle, I wouldn't have them. I would rather have less braking all of the time with drum brakes, than to have better braking most of the time with disk brakes. Too many failures, lock-ups, and no activation problems with the trailer disk brakes. Too many problems posted on this forum about non-working and failed systems with trailer disk brakes to list here. Do a search. [my opinion]
Hitches of the HAHA type and disc brakes both fall into the "top of the line" or "cutting edge technology" categories for us, yet both have been around for a while for use on trailers.
Good sway control is a very important consideration when towing. Having it will protect you from situations that otherwise might lead to loss of control of your vehicle. You have no way of knowing when, nor how often, these situations will occurr. Keep your Hensley.
Neither drum brakes nor hydraulic disc brakes are completely trouble free.
AS did a poor design job, and unfortunately, choose a problematic hydraulic actuator for many of their hydraulic disc brake installations. This should not keep you from considering hydraulic disc brakes. There is good, reliable, equipment on the market for installing hydraulic disc brakes on an AS. Hydraulic disc brakes, as a general braking system, are well proven to be superior to drum brakes in terms of stopping ability and maintenance required.
Electric drum brakes are not without problems. Do a search on this, or other, forums. There are mechanical and electrical issues to deal with when using drum brakes that can cause problems just as severe as those encountered with hydraulic systems.
A thought to keep in mind with essentially all forums is that we tend to get feedback from those of us that have had a problem, and not hear from the, often much larger, section of the population that had no problem.