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Old 04-17-2014, 02:31 AM   #15
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I've had both, surge on a boat trailer, electric on TT's. Spend the extra for the electric brakes on the TT. Different braking apps for different towing uses.
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Old 04-17-2014, 03:13 AM   #16
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X14 on electric brakes. The first time you have to back up a hill with surge brakes, it'll be worth the cost for electric.
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Old 04-17-2014, 08:05 AM   #17
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The cost difference of the brakes is more than likely the extra cost of wiring. Seven pin pigtail, breakaway switch and running wires from the battery to the brake system.
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:26 AM   #18
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I have had trailers with both and would be willing to pay extra for electric brakes to get greater control.
I agree.

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Old 04-17-2014, 12:57 PM   #19
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The extra $100 to get electric brakes sounds like a good deal to me as well, you will not be sorry you did it. I have pulled boat trailers with surge brakes and the electric brakes with a good controller are a way better option - hands down!
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:43 PM   #20
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We got our Lil Snoozy last fall and used it for several trips. The surge brakes have worked fine. I worried about this a lot before buying and read a lot about it on several threads on this forum. We finally decided to go with the surge ones. At that time there were lots of opinions on both sides of the issue. Perhaps a search of previous threads would show some of the information offered by others. My husband drives conservatively and carefully and always assumes the trailer is going to try to kill us! That is, of course, if one of the other crazy drivers out there don't do so first!
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We got our Lil Snoozy last fall and used it for several trips. The surge brakes have worked fine. I worried about this a lot before buying and read a lot about it on several threads on this forum. We finally decided to go with the surge ones. At that time there were lots of opinions on both sides of the issue. Perhaps a search of previous threads would show some of the information offered by others. My husband drives conservatively and carefully and always assumes the trailer is going to try to kill us! That is, of course, if one of the other crazy drivers out there don't do so first!
The ONLY way to tow our eggs is conservatively! I worry the same way, but truthfully, it's the idiots and morons on the highways you have to watch for, particularly as we're hauling trailers other people may find fascinating and lean in towards us. We must always be vigilant.

Hydraulic brakes are designed for boat trailers. Lil Snoozy uses them because they buy boat trailers for their chassis. They still work fine, and relieve the tow vehicle from having to have a 7 pin connector. Electric brakes are better for travel trailers, but given the weight of our eggs, I don't think it is really not a big deal. We almost went the Lil Snoozy way, and I trust the company to know what's best. I was VERY impressed with their response to our inquiries.

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We got our Lil Snoozy last fall and used it for several trips. The surge brakes have worked fine. I worried about this a lot before buying and read a lot about it on several threads on this forum. We finally decided to go with the surge ones. At that time there were lots of opinions on both sides of the issue. Perhaps a search of previous threads would show some of the information offered by others. My husband drives conservatively and carefully and always assumes the trailer is going to try to kill us! That is, of course, if one of the other crazy drivers out there don't do so first!

Have you towed one with electric brakes?
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:29 PM   #23
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I would imagine surge brakes could invite disaster on icy roads in the mountains I travel............

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Thanks to all who posted. We sent our deposit today. We opted for the electric brakes. Now I have a few weeks to get the controller wired up. I am looking at a Tekonsha Prodigy P-2. Any opinions on it?
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Old 04-18-2014, 03:26 AM   #26
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Good move on the brakes and the P2 is great.
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