Electric brakes vs surge brakes...?

The friendliest place on the web for anyone with an RV or an interest in RVing!
If you have answers, please help by responding to the unanswered posts.

byoungquist

Member
Joined
Mar 25, 2006
Posts
7
Electric brakes seem to be more complicated to use with wiring, controller, towing with different vehicles, etc. Does the downside to surge brakes, down hill slopes, etc. still make electric brakes preferable? Is the weight of the trailer and load a factor in choice?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Bob

San Diego
 

John From Detroit

Well-known member
Joined
Apr 12, 2005
Posts
25,261
Location
Davison Michigan
The weight of the trailer is clearly a factor as surge brakes are not recommended after a specific weight.

Just what that weight is, I don't know

Personally I like the idea of trailer brakes I can control FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT, surge brakes do not fall in that category... Though they are less expensive, that's for sure
 

Carl L

Moderator Emeritus
Joined
Mar 14, 2005
Posts
7,239
Location
west Los Angeles
I have done surge brakes on a 2 ton, 20-foot ocean going boat's trailer.  I am doing electric brakes on my 2-1/2 ton, 23 foot travel trailer.  It will be a cold day in hell before I use surge brakes again.

Next question.  ;D
 

Forum statistics

Threads
120,663
Posts
1,212,725
Members
125,753
Latest member
Renee Henderson
Top Bottom