Originally Posted by richinny
a friend has a dual axle utility trailer that has surge brakes on only one axle. he'd like to add brakes to the second axle because he'd like brakes while backing downhill. it seems that is has been done in the past.
while doing some searching on the topic i came across a 1969 article in popular science with an Airstream in it!
does anyone have any experience with this?
It's not a problem to add, "IF" there is a backing plate (brake assembly) mounting bracket on the non-brake axle.
There are 2 types. A square bracket that has 4 mounting hole, is for 10 inch brakes.
A round bracket with 5 holes, is for 12 inch brakes.
Next item to identify, is the number of the inner and outer bearings.
Lastly, how many mounting holes do the wheels have.
With all of the above information, the brakes and hub and drums can be properly obtained.
If the axle "does not" have that bracket, then your friend is sort of out of luck, since that bracket is welded into place with extreme precision, and is not likely to be properly located by hand.