Can surge brakes be converted to electric on trailer? If so, anyone do it?

04FV270riverrat04FV270riverrat Lexington, KYMember Posts: 260 ✭✭✭
Has anyone converted their trailer from surge to regular electric brakes? My 270 has surge brakes on the trailer. They seem to work fine, just every time I stop and take off I can feel the plunger going in and out and then kinda jerks as it catches once I take off. My truck has the built in brake controller so I figured I might as well use it. 

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  • Dude_HimselfDude_Himself Charleston, SCMember Posts: 566 ✭✭✭
    I'm going to. I have a 280EC on a trailer, and I've been dragged backwards down a ramp before. It's not fun. I also hate the jerk as you start pulling forward - there's a few ways to minimize that, but they're all cheap fixes.

    I'm looking at the etrailer EoH kit, specifically: https://www.etrailer.com/Brake-Actuator/Hydrastar/HBA16-252-82.html

    You'll need a third axle kit if you have a triple (I do): https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Redline/9579-01.html

    You'll also need an electronic brake controller that's compatible. My tow vehicle came with a Prodigy P2 wired in (but I just discovered my reverse isn't wired into the hitch - WTH?).

    You'll also need a solid coupler, or to drill/bolt your current coupler. I'm thinking my nice coupler, in like new condition, is worth at lease the price of a solid coupler on the used market, so I'll buy a new solid coupler and sell mine when I'm done.

    Labor is fairly straight forward - if you know how to bleed brakes you should be able to set up and calibrate your new system. Otherwise find a local trailer shop, it should be under $1500 for parts and labor.
  • AlswaggAlswagg Member Posts: 2,797 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I will second the idea Electric via Hydraulic Brakes.  Best of both.  
  • zaverin1zaverin1 Harrison TWP ,MIMember Posts: 1,672 ✭✭✭
    I am going to say this.
    properly adjusted and working surge brakes work good.
    hydraulic or electric means nothing if you don’t have the weight and brakes to stop the load.
    i see mid size suvs pulling large boats and trust me under emergency conditions that truck will be pushed like a toy even with electric brakes and anchor out the side.
  • 04FV270riverrat04FV270riverrat Lexington, KYMember Posts: 260 ✭✭✭
    Alswagg said:
    I will second the idea Electric via Hydraulic Brakes.  Best of both.  
    electric over hydraulic is what I want.

    zaverin1 said:
    I am going to say this.
    properly adjusted and working surge brakes work good.
    hydraulic or electric means nothing if you don’t have the weight and brakes to stop the load.
    i see mid size suvs pulling large boats and trust me under emergency conditions that truck will be pushed like a toy even with electric brakes and anchor out the side.
    I got a 2500HD rated for 12k, tows my 270 just fine right now. I just hate the jerk every stop and takeoff from the surge brake cylinder going in and out in the hitch.
  • AlswaggAlswagg Member Posts: 2,797 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Electric over hydraulic is the premium braking. Surge, and the worst is Electric drum.   The ability to control the braking is optimum especially going through hilly terrain.   I use a Reece brake controller good for up to 3 axles.  I have this in both the Suburban 2500 and the F350 
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