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Old 07-09-2014, 01:15 PM   #1
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Need advise on whether to add electric brakes

We have just bought a 2007 Trillium and would like advise on Electric Brakes. The trailer didn't come with them and we are wondering if we should get them installed. We are towing this with a 2003 Xterra. Any advise would be appreciated.
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:47 PM   #2
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Two questions:

First, what does your Xterra's owner's manual say? Many vehicles specify brakes for anything over 1000 lbs., which would include your Trillium. State/provincial laws also address the issue, but are generally less stringent than the manufacturer.

Second, does your trailer's axle have the square mounting plate needed to add brakes (see the square plate with holes on each corner behind the spindle in the lower left of the photo below)? If it does, you should be able to see it easily if you look behind the wheel of your trailer. If it has the plate, brakes are a relatively easy add. If not, an axle replacement is usually called for, a major project.

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Old 07-09-2014, 01:54 PM   #3
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First thing I would do is remove the wheel and see if there is a brake flange welded on the axle. If there is then adding brakes is relatively easy. I am a big fan of trailer brakes and can save your backside if the trailer starts waggling out of control. I can't see driving down mountain roads without them. Allot of states require brakes at 1500 lbs of trailer weight so you pretty much have to install them if you put anything inside your trailer. Check state regulations where you live and where you plan to take your trailer. Far cheaper to add brakes before you get into an accident that you could have avoided should you have had brakes. If your due to replace an axle then when you do get one with brake flanges already welded on.
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:55 PM   #4
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I type too slow.
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Old 07-09-2014, 02:09 PM   #5
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Having towed both without and with. I prefer having a trailer with brakes. Even if the tow vehicle specs and local laws don't require them. Having them is easier on the tow vehicles brakes and give one more control over the trailer.

I had some brake work done on my Ranger last month. Found out that Ford no longer carries the drums, nor does Mazda. It took my mechanic through 6 aftermarket suppliers to find some.
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Old 07-09-2014, 03:16 PM   #6
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I type too slow.
At least we agree!

Oh, and welcome to the forum, Rosemarie! An '07 Trillium sounds like a pretty nice unit. Do you have the 1500 or the 4500? We love pictures here!
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Old 07-09-2014, 04:53 PM   #7
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Thank You

Thanks for the advise. The Trillium is build here in Calgary and the fellow that does them says it is an easy install on our trailer. Will post pictures when we get a chance...
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:03 PM   #8
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Welcome to the site Rosemarie.

The fact that your trailer is built in Alberta means it is a 13', (1300). The Trillium brand is kinda confusing. I refer to the manufacturer of your trailer as Trillium / Outback. Until recently there was a US based manufacture that was called Trillium. Not to be confused with the original company, in Ontario, that shut down around 1981.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:21 PM   #9
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Hello we recently bought a 1979 trillium 4500 and are restoring we need to replace door handle and lock assembly does anyone no if you can get these new from Calgary manufacturer
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Hello we recently bought a 1979 trillium 4500 and are restoring we need to replace door handle and lock assembly does anyone no if you can get these new from Calgary manufacturer
If your trailer has a Bargman L400, they are no longer made. I am afraid that you are in for a big surprise:
BargMan L-400
Bargman L400 Entry Door Lock L 400 Vintage Trailer Handle Latch Chrome or Grey | eBay

Some have converted to another latch:
Replacing Bargman L-400 with Trimark
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:51 PM   #11
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Thank you for your information greatly appreciated 😊


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Old 07-10-2014, 10:59 PM   #12
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I don't want to tow without trailer brakes. One example happened to me, we just leaving the Las Vegas, around a corner on the freeway traffic was at a dead stop. I had to through out the anchor, on a corner. I glanced in the mirror that on outside of the corner side of the truck and saw the starting to come around. I had no choice but to apply the brakes as hard as possible. When I stopped I looked back the trailer was right behind like a good little trailer. Sure glad I had them trailer brakes.
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Old 07-11-2014, 03:58 AM   #13
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Howdy, I have never had brakes on any of the utility trailers I've had as they are only used for short distance hauling. I agree with Roy and Byron on brakes on a TT. I wouldn't even concider not having brakes on a TT. I kind of chalk it up to penny wise and pound foolish. Just as an example, when I bought my SD 17 I didn't have the controler in the truck yet and towed it 80 miles home from sea level to 4100' and back down to 500'. After 20+ years driving commercial heavy trucks I knew what to expect without brakes and had no problems. Bottom line....get brakes, world of difference unless you want to have your trailer pushing you.
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I pulled the Little Joe without brakes for a few years and had no problems, but my mind was always way out in front of the vehicle. With the new Outback as TV, I added brakes, per Subaru. I feel much better with the brakes than without. Mind mind is still way up front though.

All the info states that you will get better brake life on both the TV and TT if you use a proportional brake controller. There are still time delay units out there, but the savings are small, and installation is really the same.
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