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Old 04-29-2010, 01:16 AM   #1
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My new to me Boler has the electric brake option and am wondering if they are worth the effort? Not sure of their status and my tow vehicle is a 1965 Chevy C10 1/2 ton pickup.
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:04 AM   #2
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This thread should be interesting.

My Boler weighs 1440 lbs dry...a concern when galavanting thru Kicking Horse Pass or sections of the Crowsnest Highway. My impression of BC's 'trailer cops' is that they'd like us Albertans NOT to bring heavy-ish Bolers with no brakes. BC's brake-less limit is 2000 lbs, like AB's, but I've already had that feeling of wonder as my brakes heat up holding back the dead weight behind.

I'm reserving the option after this summer's travel activities.
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Old 04-29-2010, 02:14 AM   #3
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My new to me Boler has the electric brake option and <span style="font-size:10pt;line-height:100%">am [b]wondering if they are worth the effort?</span> Not sure of their status and my tow vehicle is a 1965 Chevy C10 1/2 ton pickup.

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Old 04-29-2010, 04:50 AM   #4
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I'll vote for hooking up the electric brakes and keeping them in good working order. Dry weight doesn't matter. What matters is what the trailer weighs when loaded and ready to go camping. Think about how silly you would look after crashing into the rig in front of you, or after rocketing through a curve because you couldn't stop.
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:30 AM   #5
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I'd like to see pictures of the truck.
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:48 AM   #6
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The main advantage of trailer brakes [no mater what the weight] is to keep the trailer behind you in sudden stops If the trailer isn't directly behind you in a hard stop it will tend to jackknife to the side of least resistance and cause all kinds of strange things to happen
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:32 AM   #7
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We've owned and towed our Boler since 1994 using a GMC Saffari van and with a Dodge Dakota. The trailer does not have brakes and there is no provision on the axle for them. We've never had a problem braking using these tow vehicles although if I had the option without doing a re-axle then I would add them on. If you don't put them on then always have your tow vehicle brakes checked before any major trip. And some things to remember.
-First, reduce your speed.This also helps your mileage.
-Try to leave a larger space cushion between you and the one in front and start slowing down well before your stop
-Finally use your lower gears to help reducing your speed when comming to a stop.
Again, if you have the option already on your trailer then by all means add them on.
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Old 04-29-2010, 06:44 AM   #8
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Had the brakes on the PP and it does help with stopping and handling. Overkill? Maybe, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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Old 04-29-2010, 07:15 AM   #9
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Some good points and I will add that to my to do list. The drum brakes on all 4 corners of the 65 take a little getting used to and I have locked them up on more then one ocassion.
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Here you go...nothing special.
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:26 AM   #11
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I'm glad my trailer has brakes for the reason of economy. Stopping a half a ton, a full ton or more behind a tug causes excess wear on the tug brakes. The brakes on any motor vehicle were designed for THAT motor vehicle, not that tug and more by hundreds of pounds. Think about everytime you apply the brakes in your tug, going downhill, around corners, etc. Trailer brakes are MUCH cheaper to replace than the brakes on my truck.
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In the state of Virginia, USA, If your trailer has electric brakes it must be Inspected each year.

So: You might want to make sure they Work if you have the same law where U live.

Electric brakes: Better to be safe than sorry. Really come in handy in panic stops.
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Here you go...nothing special.
Sepfer the fact that it is a really nice looking plain-jane!
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Old 04-29-2010, 10:03 AM   #14
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In addition, the brakes can be applied separately to help control the trailer.

I once did an evasive manouver to avoid hitting someone that cut into the lane I was moving into. The trailer started swaying which had a major effect on my Ranger. For a few macro moments (which felt like hours), I thought I was going to lose control and roll. Someone else here has described the phenomena as "the tail wagging the dog". Had I known that by merely manually applying the trailer brakes, I could have greatly diminshed the effect.

The piece of mind knowing you will have more control when needed is worth the cost of a good controller.
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