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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    S.W. Ohio
    Boat
    Silverton
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    330 Sport Bridge
    Engine(s)
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
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    5,041

    Electric trailer brakes or elec/hyd actuator ?

    Well when this snow melts my first order of business is to get my trailer brakes squared away. I moved up to a 290da and will be trailering it. The current set-up is surge brakes. I want good brakes and braking ability while backing down the ramp. I am considering adding a elec/hydraulic unit (Brakerite) and bypassing the surge brake actuator. I have also been checking out electric brakes. I see Fulton has electric brake assemblies for boat trailers. They say they are completely waterproof and saltwater tested ( I am in freshwater )This is appealing to just replace the entire assembly on four wheels and have new pads etc. for what a elec/hyd actuator is gonna cost me. Anybody have electric brakes on their trailers ? I will be trailering about every week April - Sept. Thanks for any info.
    Silverton 330 Sport Bridge, Kohler 7.3KW gennie, 8'6" Zodiac 3.5merc
    Previous:
    1992 Sea Ray 290DA
    1990 Sea Ray 220DA
    1989 Sea Ray 200 Bow Rider
    http://thecanvasmedic.com/#



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    S.W. Ohio
    Boat
    Silverton
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    330 Sport Bridge
    Engine(s)
    5.7 MPI 350 Merc Bluewaters
    Posts
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    Re: Electric trailer brakes or elec/hyd actuator ?

    Well I'm leaning towards straight electrics. Some big name trailer manufacturers are now offering them on boat trailers and I already have a brake controller in my truck. I'll let everyone know how the install goes.
    Silverton 330 Sport Bridge, Kohler 7.3KW gennie, 8'6" Zodiac 3.5merc
    Previous:
    1992 Sea Ray 290DA
    1990 Sea Ray 220DA
    1989 Sea Ray 200 Bow Rider
    http://thecanvasmedic.com/#



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio River
    Boat
    Sea Ray.... Duh
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    2003 320 Sundancer & 2012 185 Sport
    Engine(s)
    Twin 6.2L Close Cooled V-Drives & 3.0L Alpha 1
    Posts
    2,356

    Re: Electric trailer brakes or elec/hyd actuator ?

    I know that on new trailers surge brakes are not even legal. There's probablly a reason for that?.. Also if you go with electric you can put a WD hitch which will help a bunch with handling. Just faxed my order to Loadmaster for mine an hour ago.
    Current boat 2003 320 DA Jimi Thing III
    6.2L Close Cooled w/ V-Drives and 2012 185 Sport WEE RAY
    Previous boats
    2001 280 DA (sold), 1995 250 DA (sold), 1993 230 DA (sold)
    Lt. Dan

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Washington Park Marina, Michigan City
    Boat
    Sea Ray
    Details
    '07 340 DA, E80, Vessel View, Soft Top '12 Boston Whaler 15 Montauk
    Engine(s)
    8.1 Mercruiser V-Drives, Mercury 60 HP Bigfoot
    Posts
    11,183

    Re: Electric trailer brakes or elec/hyd actuator ?

    Personally, I would go with electric brakes with hydraulic actuators. I had two loadmaster trailers with straight electric brakes and had problems with shorts in the individual brakes themselves. When it occurred, it left me without brakes and no warning prior to losing them. (almost caused an accident both times) On the second occasion, the short actually started a small fire, which was easily extinguished, but could have been much worse.

    I have several friends with electric/hydraulic and they are very pleased with their performance.

    Scott
    Scott of the most excellent Sea Ray "Destiny".
    "I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not so sure........"




    Quando omni flunkus moritati

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    S.W. Ohio
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    Silverton
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    330 Sport Bridge
    Engine(s)
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    Re: Electric trailer brakes or elec/hyd actuator ?

    Lt. Dan what brand electrics does loadmaster use ?
    Silverton 330 Sport Bridge, Kohler 7.3KW gennie, 8'6" Zodiac 3.5merc
    Previous:
    1992 Sea Ray 290DA
    1990 Sea Ray 220DA
    1989 Sea Ray 200 Bow Rider
    http://thecanvasmedic.com/#



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Wisconsin - Winnebago Pool chain of lakes
    Boat
    Sea Ray
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    280 Sundancer, Westerbeke MPV generator
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    twin 5.0's w/BIII drives
    Posts
    4,504

    Re: Electric trailer brakes or elec/hyd actuator ?

    Sway bars are for sissies.

    Having such a big two rig and powerful breaks takes all the fun out of it.

    What’s the worst that could possibly happen?

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=fc8_1204756827&p=1
    2003 280 Sundancer twin 5.0 BIII
    Westerbeke MPV Gen added Feb '08
    Presentation

    Where we're going we don't need roads-Emmit Brown a.k.a Doc

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio River
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    Sea Ray.... Duh
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    2003 320 Sundancer & 2012 185 Sport
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    Posts
    2,356

    Re: Electric trailer brakes or elec/hyd actuator ?

    Quint, I hate to be such an uneducated consumer, but to answer your question.................. 6 (one for each wheel) wow, sounds like I just asked my wife about our outdrive
    Current boat 2003 320 DA Jimi Thing III
    6.2L Close Cooled w/ V-Drives and 2012 185 Sport WEE RAY
    Previous boats
    2001 280 DA (sold), 1995 250 DA (sold), 1993 230 DA (sold)
    Lt. Dan

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
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    Silverton
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    330 Sport Bridge
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    Re: Electric trailer brakes or elec/hyd actuator ?

    Oh hell who cares...lets go boating !
    Silverton 330 Sport Bridge, Kohler 7.3KW gennie, 8'6" Zodiac 3.5merc
    Previous:
    1992 Sea Ray 290DA
    1990 Sea Ray 220DA
    1989 Sea Ray 200 Bow Rider
    http://thecanvasmedic.com/#



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio/Ohio River
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    Sea Ray.... Duh
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    2003 320 Sundancer & 2012 185 Sport
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    Twin 6.2L Close Cooled V-Drives & 3.0L Alpha 1
    Posts
    2,356

    Re: Electric trailer brakes or elec/hyd actuator ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Quint4 View Post
    Oh hell who cares...lets go boating !
    Well I'm caring about the massive amounts or water in the cockpit.... I've posted my plan and nada, nine, niette, zilch,,,,,, well you get the picture.... picture? Picture?? PICTURES???? that might just be it... I'll get the digital and get busy. I'm on duty for 48hrs but I'll be back after it on Thursday, pix in hand.............................................. .................................................. ........


    Man that was a potential hijack.... sorry brother
    Current boat 2003 320 DA Jimi Thing III
    6.2L Close Cooled w/ V-Drives and 2012 185 Sport WEE RAY
    Previous boats
    2001 280 DA (sold), 1995 250 DA (sold), 1993 230 DA (sold)
    Lt. Dan

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Simpsonville, South Carolina
    Boat
    Back Cove
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    34 Downeaster
    Engine(s)
    Cummins 5.9 480hp
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    841

    Re: Electric trailer brakes or elec/hyd actuator ?

    Brakerite is the accuator I am going to get along with a prodigy controller. The heavy haulers use this combination.
    Paul

    Back Cove 34 5.9 Cummins

    2004 240BR 350Mag BravoIII

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