We are thinking about getting a Uhaul
soon, but are concerned about the lack of trailer brakes
. So I wrote the only place in Northern California that I could find and asked about their prices. I put in all the things I have read about on this forum, and the price came back appallingly high. Here's what I wrote:
We are buying a U-haul
fiberglass trailer, but it does not come with trailer brakes
and they apparently cannot be installed on the existing axle
, which I believe is welded on. We would like to have the axle
replaced with a bolted on Dexter axle
(Torsion Axle plus shock absorbers), with trailer brakes
and a sway bar/equalizer hitch. Then I guess we would have to get new tires
as well. Could you please give me a ballpark estimate as to how much that would cost?
And this is what they wrote back:
The following prices are estimates pending when we see the Trailer and Vehicle you plan to tow with. There is little to no technical data available on the 1984 U-Haul
CT13. Assuming 14" Tires
and 1100 Gross trailer weight
here are the quotes you requested.
1) Remove and replace existing axle with a Dexter Torsion axle, Shock Absorbers and Elect Trailer Brakes. The Material cost = $803.60 Labor Cost = $380 Tax = $62.28 for a total cost = $1245.88.
2) A Weight
Distribution Hitch with Anti-sway bar will cost $454.58 including tax.
3) A Brake Controller in your vehicle to make the Trailer brakes activate, if you do not have already, will cost $352.23 installed including tax.
The grand total for the upgrades requested is $2052.69. I hope this helps.
So, that is way higher than people seem to write about on this forum. We can't do the work ourselves, don't know anything about replacing axles. Does anyone know of a place in Northern California that I could ask for another estimate? Or did I ask for things that are not necessary?
I'd really appreciate any help you could offer.