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Old 05-24-2013, 04:13 PM   #1
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Brakes on 13'

Getting new tires on the 82 Scamp and find out there are drum brakes on it that aren't hooked up. What's THAT about?!?!
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:20 PM   #2
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My guess: one previous owner realized that it should have brakes and had them installed; a later previous owner (or even the same one) decided they didn't want to maintain them and stopped using them. If it has only a 4-pin electrical connector to the tug, someone may have started towing with a vehicle without brake wiring and rather than equipping the tug, abandoned the trailer brakes.
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:28 PM   #3
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Connector from Scamp is a 4, but wires look to have been hacked somewhere along the way.
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:32 PM   #4
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Also...
They're drum brakes, but are they electric or hydraulic? Someone could abandon electric brakes because their tug is not set up with a controller and wiring (see above post); they could abandon hydraulic surge brakes if the coupler/actuator failed and they didn't bother to fix it.
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:36 PM   #5
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I would recommend to you that you get the brakes fixed. If they are all rusty and messed up you can install new ones very cheaply (just 4 bolts to remove). You'd need to add a controller to your tow vehicle.

Brakes make towing a lot nicer - stops are faster and smoother and you can stop trailer sway with the manual switch on the controller.
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Old 05-24-2013, 04:42 PM   #6
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Courtney did the PO replace the axle by chance? If so it may be the trailer didnt have an axle that allowed for brakes and they replaced they decided to have an axle and brake drums added but never got around to having the brake wiring added or the pads added... just another possibility.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:25 PM   #7
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Unfortunately, I never met the true PO. The person I bought it from got it at an estate sale and flipped it :-/
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There are one or two Youtube videos that tell you how to test your brakes to see if they are functional. Essentially hooking a battery up the magnets and see if they activate the pads. Others can provide more data. I replaced both of mine with brand new all the way around rather cheaply but you can replace individual components if you so desire.
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As Carol mentioned, brake drums don't necessarily mean you have brake shoes (magnet and springs either). Have you looked?
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