Which Off Road Trailer Brakes?

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 03, 2003 at 19:49
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Hi all,
I'm looking to add brakes to my Cub Trailer.
At the moment i'm looking at having Electric brakes fitted but I am unsure whether to go for the discs or drum?
Any advise would be greatley appreciated including what I should expect to pay and which brake unit is best suited.

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Reply By: Graham - Thursday, Apr 03, 2003 at 20:25

Thursday, Apr 03, 2003 at 20:25
Think you'll find the electric drum way cheaper than the disc braks, if you use these use the Alco "off road" brake magnets....... costs I cant give...... more info on this subjext on the yahoo campertailer forum...

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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Thursday, Apr 03, 2003 at 21:53

Thursday, Apr 03, 2003 at 21:53
Chris, after much discussion with trailer manufactures, I settled on hydraulics. They all said hydraulics were more robust and servicable.Be good, or be quick.

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Follow Up By: Martin Brown - Sunday, Apr 06, 2003 at 04:16

Sunday, Apr 06, 2003 at 04:16
Electric brakes are far more robust and give nowhwere near the problems of hydraulic brakes.
I have not seen hydraulic brakes fitted to any current production trailer poptop offroad camper full size caravan for years. Just been to a caravan and camping show and all electric brakes fitted. You have been given a real bad steer by somebody.
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Reply By: apalsson - Friday, Apr 04, 2003 at 04:22

Friday, Apr 04, 2003 at 04:22
Hi Chris,

The Alko trailer brakes are pretty good for lightweight trailers and seem to have become pretty much the "norm" for most offroad campertrailers.

There are recent discussion on this subject on the Campertrailers group on Yahoo. There is a lot of info on the subject there.


Ari Palsson
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Reply By: Member - Graham - Saturday, Apr 05, 2003 at 20:35

Saturday, Apr 05, 2003 at 20:35
Cobes, I have just fitted electric brakes to my off road camper.

Bought "Alko" elec' drum set up and paid an extra $100 for off road magnets(worth the extra money) fitting them was a breeze and they work fantastic Total all up cost was around $ 480

If you are close by you are welcome to have a look at them.

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Reply By: Cobes - Sunday, Apr 06, 2003 at 00:57

Sunday, Apr 06, 2003 at 00:57
Hi All,

Thanks for all of the input and information.
I have decided to go for the Electric Drum brakes with the larger magnets.

Thanks to all those that responded to my question.

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