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Old 03-04-2015, 06:22 PM   #1
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5th pulling boat waning to install elec. brakes

2011 duramax diesal pulling 5th wheel installed class IV hitch on back of 5th and wiring. Now want to install electric brakes on boat trailer. Can brake control handle this? Will brakes on boat trailer be to strong and skid? Ideas & options? Yes this is a B train and have pulled it for 2 years.
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:37 PM   #2
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Why not surge brakes on the boat?
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What size boat and trailer are you pulling? I pull a Pinnacle with a polaris RZR behind that and the stopping power is plenty with the truck and fiver. Not sure if you need it? Michigan law says the weight of the second trailer cannot exceed the dry weight of the truck or the fiver . All states are different Mich just went to 75ft total length .
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Good idea Grumpy !
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The factory coupler is welded on
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Boat is 16'6". Boat and trailer is under 2000lbs.
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Old 03-04-2015, 10:21 PM   #7
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Electric brakes and boat trailers are a bad idea, they just don't last.
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I don't see a any reason you would need or want electric brakes for the boat. They use surge brakes. Also, I'm not sure how you would wire that through the fifth wheel and into another controller? I don't think you could use the same controller because you made need different brake settings.

I pull a 3000 lb 18 ft boat behind my 35' fiver and it's no issue at all.
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x2or3 on surge brakes. electric brakes and water dont do so well together.
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Except for the first of four boats, we have had surge brakes on our boats that we pull behind our FW and have never had a braking problem. I think it would be very hard to rig up electric brakes on the boat trailer rather than surge brakes. Even backing up, with the boat attached, as long as you have the trailer plugged in as the surge brakes are "de-activated" when in reverse if the trailer lights are plugged in, I think. Unless there are no back-up lights on the FW, then that could be a problem. However, as I have never backed up the FW and boat at the same time, I might be all wet.
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