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Old 03-17-2016, 10:56 PM   #1
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Brakes - Would you do it?

For several years we used a 1992 Cardinal SD to go Colorado for camping trips of up to two full weeks. For several reasons we just stopped going in 1998 and the trailer has just sat unused. A couple of years ago my grandmother passed away and I am still thinking I want to keep the trailer and try to get it back into shape. It still has the original 1992 tires that really need to be replaced and I fully intend on doing that. Another matter is the condition of the surge brakes. The brake fluid reservoir is nasty and rusty and I have concluded that the whole system needs to be reworked. New master cylinder, reservoir, cylinders on the wheels, etc. I have a 30 x 50 metal building at my place where I would like to work on everything inside and not have to worry about weather. The problem is I live about 20 miles from where the trailer currently sits. I will buy new tires before moving it, but what about the short drive with no brakes? Totally unloaded, no water, no supplies or any kind, just the trailer.
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Old 03-17-2016, 11:38 PM   #2
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I'd probably do it.

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Old 03-17-2016, 11:43 PM   #3
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I would consider replacing the surge brakes with electric brakes I think you will find the cost to be about the same.
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Old 03-18-2016, 12:01 AM   #4
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I would consider replacing the surge brakes with electric brakes I think you will find the cost to be about the same.
I am weighing that option. It does cost a bit more in my case I think. If I repair all the surge stuff I was going to buy all new brake assemblies for each wheel but if I do the electric conversion I also have to add new drums. 2 axles. I am thinking about it though.

The question still remains though. Do I move it with no brakes to a place where I can work inside and all my tools are available or do the brake work before I move it and have to work outside and hope I dont need a tool I left at home.
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Old 03-18-2016, 12:08 AM   #5
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I think if you don't drive it like you stole it you should be fine. I know I would do it.
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I would tow it home The axels should be fine just replace the hydraulic hub assemblies with electric hub assemblies and run the wiring for the brakes.
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Do a search on google and youtube for information on changing from surge to electric brakes. You should not have to change axel/s but you will need to have backing plates to install the elect brake assembly's if they aren't already in place. My opinion is you will have much better brake control with electric brakes. In addition you will need a brake controller and a breakaway switch.


Should be no problem towing the camper 20 miles without the brakes working.
Just keep your distance and drive within the limits.
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Take it easy, and you should be fine...
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Take it easy, and you should be fine...
X2 I agree. Just take it easy, keep your speed down and your truck will stop the unloaded unit just fine. Not going that far.
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I might also try to force some grease into the wheels. They could be frozen after sitting for so long.
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