Originally Posted by batman
Someone correct me, I think some countries in Europe require travel trailer to have a mechanical (parking) brake.
However, I see no real need for a parking brake. I do not (and would not) park on steep slopes or grades. Chocks work great for me!
I have hydraulic disc brakes on my Safari which uses an electric/hydraulic actuator. I have never tried to use them for parking brakes. I wonder???
I used to have a small English trailer that had a surge brake with a hand brake for parking it. In fact, I think if you take the factory tour at JC, you will see that the trailers made for the European market have the surge brake with a hand brake for parking.
My experience with the hand brake was not good. I had parked and was told to move my g*&# d^*&# trailer "forthwith". So I hitched up and took off forgetting to release the hand brake. This caused the return spring on one wheel to overheat and break. Finding a replacement was impossible, so I took the spring off the other wheel and had it duplicated. Unfortunately, they duplicated it exactly as per the one I gave them, whereas it should have been wound the other way. It kludged it and it worked for the next 5 or 6 years that we had that trailer.