Having the right brakes on your boat trailer are important. If you need to add brakes to your trailer, the team at Tom-N-Jerry’s Boat Center can help you find the right brakes. There are two different types of brake systems that you can choose from, surge brakes and electric brakes. The surge brakes are self-contained within the trailer and don’t need to be connected to the car via electrical or hydraulic connections. They are a passive system that only begin to work when the car starts to slow. The electric systems are controlled by the car. These require an electric brake controller, which is located in the car. Federal law requires every boat trailer to have a system that automatically applies the brakes in the event the trail detaches from the tow vehicle.
When looking at the various trailer brake options, you need to think about whether you want disc brakes or drum brakes. Disc brakes will require a higher static brake line pressure than drum brakes. If your trailer has drum brakes, you can easily replace these with disc brakes and have the following advantages:
- They are self-adjusting.
- They are less likely to fade when you are descending a mountain pass.
- They have greater stopping power.
- They have fewer parts, requiring less maintenance.
- They are easy to inspect without having to remove components.
The staff at Tom-N-Jerrys Boats have more nearly four decades of experience in the marine industry. They can help you decide which brakes will work best for your situation and help you install them if necessary.