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Postby Cruzomatic » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:36 am

I can't decide whether I want or need to add brakes to my second (front) axle on my tandem axle trailer.

Your thoughts please?

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Postby Larry R » Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:20 am

Hey Cuz!

What I have is drum brakes on one axle now.

What I want: is disc on both axles.

What I end up with is prolly what I already have!!

Late last summer I tore into mine to check the shoe wear etc. I found one of the adjusters was frozen and took me for ever to break it free then coated both of them with anti-seize compound. Re-adjusted and seemed to work fine. Haven't pulled it over the winter (unless you count the dozen or so times I rolled it out of the garage and ran it on the garden hose and pushed back into the garage) so not sure how it's going to size up this summer.

Be safe my friend!

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Postby youmansjason01 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:57 pm

I have a 237LS with a tandem axle Roadrunner trailer, and it has disc brakes on just 1 axle.

I would think that whether or not you need brakes on the 2nd axle depends upon several factors: weight of boat/trailer, type of tow vehicle you are using, and if you have disc or drum on existing axle.

If your 1 axle brakes today are drum, you could certainly upgrade them to disc brakes and I think you would see a significant improvement in braking performance.

Another advice for you would be to call some trailer manufacturers and ask them what they do and why.
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Postby Cruzomatic » Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:30 pm

I'm towing with a 2007 F150 4x4 5.4V8 auto 3.73 rears. I currently have disks on the rear axle. Can't decide if going with disks on the front as well would be the way to go.

Larry!!!! Hope you and yours are well buddy...it's been a while. Take care.
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Postby Muncie6spd » Fri Apr 20, 2012 8:18 pm

Cruzomatic wrote:I'm towing with a 2007 F150 4x4 5.4V8 auto 3.73 rears. I currently have disks on the rear axle. Can't decide if going with disks on the front as well would be the way to go.


Before adding a second axle set of brakes I would suggest checking to see if the Master cylinder can support two axles. I am going to install a set of disc brakes on mine this year; the drum brakes are too much trouble after 7 years. I found these on the Internet, looks like a good price.

http://www.easternmarine.com/TIEDOWN-DI ... isc-Parts/

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Postby Cruzomatic » Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:40 pm

Hey Mike, yeah my acutator will support a dual set of disk brakes. I saw those you listed as well, only thing is the shipping fees are very expensive.

Good luck with what you decide.
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Postby Muncie6spd » Sat Apr 21, 2012 5:38 am

Thanks, I had not checked into the shipping fees from Eastern Marine yet. I will compare that with ordering from my local dealer.

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Postby Cruzomatic » Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:49 am

Not sure where you're at, but Northern Tool has their's on sale right now for $139.00, plus there are $20 off when you spend $100 coupons in their add. Makes for a great deal.

Good luck with what you decide.
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Postby dancaravelle267 » Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:29 am

My boat and trailer loaded are around 7500 lbs loaded. I have disc brakes on one axle and tow with my tundra. I never feel like need the brakes on the second axle.
Cruzomatic, isn't the braking adjustable so that you can get the trailer to brake more? I have never messed with it but I thought someone told me that once.
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Postby jakester » Sat Apr 21, 2012 11:40 am

The Tennesse trailer under our 232 has brakes on 1 axle. I dreamed of adding them to the other axle. Then I realized the axle without brakes doesn't even have a mounting flange for the backing plate. It does seem to stop great with brakes on 1 axle. Would like to upgrade to discs.
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Postby Cruzomatic » Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:34 pm

I just checked on shipping from easternmarine for the brakes shipped to me....$43.00
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Postby Muncie6spd » Sun Apr 22, 2012 4:35 pm

Cruzomatic wrote:I just checked on shipping from easternmarine for the brakes shipped to me....$43.00


That's not too bad considering the weight involved; thanks for looking it up.

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Postby Cruzomatic » Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:31 pm

Well that price is shipped to me. Not sure where you're located.
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Postby Muncie6spd » Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:03 am

I'm in Indiana and it looks like their warehouse is in Delaware. I would think shipping might be a little less to me since I am closer to them than you are in Texas.

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Postby Jax » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:40 am

I have a RoadRunner trailer, with disc brakes on back axle. It stops fine and we tow with both a 1/2 ton chevy crew and Explorer. Towing with the Explorer is limited but the brakes aren't an issue with it.

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