Boat trailer brakes requirements question.

Gday Im looking at buying a boat and trailer that weigh a combined weight of 2.2 tonne. Trailer has the cable breaks on it and im pretty sure if over 2 tonne it must have electric brakes on either one or both axles - is that right?. Can someone confirm what would have to be done to the trailer and also does it need the brake controller unit installed in the cab so driver can manually activate brakes and does it need the "break away brakes" for if trailer becomes detached from car thanks in advance for any help!


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 Yes needs the breakaway

Tue, 2020-06-16 13:43

 Yes needs the breakaway unit.

Maybe pm bloke on here holth, he is full bottle on this stuff

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Follow this

Tue, 2020-06-16 14:40

 

http://fishwrecked.com/forum/trailer-brakes-5

 

Has alot of the questions you asked. But yes over 2T is breakaway brakes to all axles, controlled from cab.

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trailer brakes

Tue, 2020-06-16 16:13

 I just went thru this process, had the same dilema as you .

I had to put new axles, complete with disc brakes, new hubs & bearings. Then i installed a ALKO IQ7 brake actuator, new brake lines & installed a REDARC tow pro elite & then had the trailer re-registered.

Great fun, NOT.

 

But i did all the work myself & feel quite chuffed with the finished result :)

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 Yeah what Wez said. Not a

Tue, 2020-06-16 16:49

 Yeah what Wez said. Not a cheap exercise especially if your paying someone to do the work. Factor the cost in when making the deal. Sometimes the cost isnt worth it on older trailers. You can buy a 3t plus compliant trailer for 12k these days. Spending 5k plus on a old trailer sometimes isnt worth it.

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brakes

Wed, 2020-06-17 19:59

 

If your still not sure you can always go to DOT site on trailer requirments and that should answer all your questions.

It's important o remember that if your taking your boat on a trip do noy over load it wih gear. Not hat long ago a bloke did that and by over loading the trailer he sheered it from the draw bar at a weld point. Trailers are designed to take the weight of the boat plus a safety margin not a ton of gear in the boat as well

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brakes

Wed, 2020-06-17 19:59

 

If your still not sure you can always go to DOT site on trailer requirments and that should answer all your questions.

It's important o remember that if your taking your boat on a trip do noy over load it wih gear. Not hat long ago a bloke did that and by over loading the trailer he sheered it from the draw bar at a weld point. Trailers are designed to take the weight of the boat plus a safety margin not a ton of gear in the boat as well

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