The braking system is a highly important feature on your utility trailer that can keep you and others safe on the road, so it is paramount to keep this system in good working condition. Not all utility trailers are fitted with braking systems, so be sure to do your research before purchasing your new trailer. You will also want to check your local laws and regulations as some states have laws requiring certain types of brake systems. 

Brakes that are working poorly can be a hazard to yourself and others. The most obvious way to avoid potential danger is to keep up with routine trailer repairs and maintenance.To understand the best way to care for your brakes, you need to become familiar with how they function. 

Handling a trailer can be a difficult task, but becoming familiar with your trailer brakes can make it easier. Understanding your trailer brakes helps with your understanding of how to move your trailer safely. Though there are many types of brakes, there are two main types: electric and surge. 

Electric brakes:

Electric brakes are powered by an electric current and are activated by a brake controller in the towing vehicle. They can be adjusted for different loads but they are most commonly found on larger trailers.

Surge brakes:

Surge brakes are activated by the movement of the trailer. A hydraulic system is used to apply the brakes and they are activated when the towing vehicle slows down or stops. They are typically found on boat trailers and rental or leisure trailers. 

Aside from electric brakes and surge brakes, there are other types of brake systems that can be used on trailers, including:

  • Mechanical brakes: Mechanical brakes use a mechanical linkage to apply the brakes and are activated by the movement of the towing vehicle. 
  • Air brakes: These brakes use compressed air to activate the brake shoes. 
  • Electric over hydraulic brakes: This brake system is a combination of electric and hydraulic brake systems. In this system, an electric brake controller activates the brakes which activates a hydraulic pump that applies the brakes. 

Braking systems, whether required by law or not, are a great addition to your utility trailer that can provide many benefits. 

Trailer Brakes Reduce Sway

It is common knowledge that trailers are prone to wind, weather, and road conditions that may cause sway as you are driving. Trailer sway is a major problem that can easily cause collisions. Trailer brakes help control your trailer with better precision to lessen the probability of your potentially swaying.

Brakes Can Help Reduce Your Stress

Driving your trailer without the right systems in place can be the source of a lot of anxiety. In general, It should not be a stressful situation to drive your trailer. Having the proper braking system can help ease your mind some. You can haul your trailer knowing that your brake system is helping you to navigate the road as safely as possible. 

Brake Systems Can Save You Time and Money

Investing in a good brake system can save you money in the long run. Being safer on the road reduces your chances of having an accident that will cost you more than anything. In addition, a proper system can help keep you safe and reduce damages in the event of an unavoidable accident. 

Our Trailers Come Fit With Reliable Braking Systems to Make Your Life Easier

By shopping with us, you don’t have to worry about equipping your trailer to include a braking system. Our trailers come with an already installed braking system making them an already safer option. Our trailers are typically equipped with electric brakes for an easy ride.

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