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Old 02-24-2016, 10:26 AM   #1
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Retrofit electric brakes for 76 Trillium

I've thought we might retrofit our 1976 Trillium with electric brakes. Granted, it's been rolling around for 40 years without them but they would provide that extra little sense of security. The place where I have the axles greased however seems to think it might cost around 600 dollars including the car/trailer wiring - that's if I do the research and find a source for the brakes! Does that seem reasonable in Canada?

Some of you have done this, in some cases doing the work yourselves I think. How difficult did you find the job? I have a technology background and might consider doing it. Does anyone know of a good source for the brakes and the controller?
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Old 02-24-2016, 10:41 AM   #2
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I think brakes on a trailer are almost essential. I drive a Savana van that should have no problem towing my 4500, but I sure notice when the brakes are connected. The trailer helps stop the van, as opposed to having the trailer push you through an intersection.

Princess Auto sells brakes that can be installed, assuming that you have the square plates on the axles that the brakes would mount to.

3,500 lb Electric Brake Drum | Princess Auto
3,500 lb Electric Brake Assembly | Princess Auto

At $200 per side, you might want to consider a new axle, with brakes supplied. This cost me about $1000 in Calgary, but there are places that can do it for less. The axle is one of the big maintenance items on an old trailer. They do need to be replaced, eventually.
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Old 02-24-2016, 10:43 AM   #3
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You might check with:
Paul Neumeister
345 Huron Road, Sebringville, Ontario, NOK 1X0
Phone: 519-393-6410 (shop) 393-6776 (home)
If he can't do it, I bet he knows who can.

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Old 02-25-2016, 07:41 PM   #4
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Another REAL PLUS for Paul Neumeistrer in Sebringville, and right here in Ontario too. He does great work and is very helpful. He replaced my axle with a new one, and included brakes, at a better price than you're quoting. PM me if you need more details.
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