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Old 02-01-2017, 02:12 PM
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In Wisconsin, at what weight are boat trailer bakes required. Also are serge or electric better than the other when dealing with water. Would I have to be concerned about freezing brakes in freezing weather after pulling out of boat landings. Thanks.
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From the WI DOT site:

(3) Trailers, semitrailers and towed vehicles.
(a) Except as provided in par. (am), no person shall operate on a highway any trailer, semitrailer or other towed vehicle having a gross weight of 3,000 pounds or more and manufactured after January 1, 1942 without brakes.
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Old 02-01-2017, 05:44 PM
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Yeah that's pretty much what I thought. Thanks
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Old 02-02-2017, 12:29 PM
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Same in MN.
Trailers over 3,000 lbs need brakes.
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Do both axles have to have brakes or just one axle
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Old 02-02-2017, 03:19 PM
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You would want surge brakes for boat trailers. Dunking electric brakes into water is not a good idea. I think on big boats they have electric hydrolic brakes. Electric controls the hydrolic that goes to the wheels. Over 3000 lbs you are also required yearly trailer registration with trailer licence plate in Wisconsin. I think that maybe went in around 2012.
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Old 02-02-2017, 10:09 PM
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Best possible brakes on a boat trailer are electric over hydraulic with disks.
They are the most expensive, but they minimize trapped water, rust, and are available in stainless.

Surge drum brakes, are a close second, but they do trap a bit of water, and are susceptible to rust.


If your trailer has more then one axel, then each axel needs to have brakes.
If only one axel was braking in a multi set up, those tires would lock because they don't have enough contact pressure to stop, that size of trailer properly.
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Old 02-07-2017, 10:49 PM
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I have surge disc brakes on my shorelander. They brake some what better then drums. You do need power connected to your reverse lights on the truck. That connects to a lockout valve so you can back up without the brakes locking. Drum brakes do not grab in reverse very much so you can get away without the lockout valve and five wire plug.
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In Pennsylvania both axles must have brakes.
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Old 02-27-2017, 07:59 PM
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Check your tow vehicle info too.

As an example, Chevy says brakes are required above 2,000-lb on the Silverado, Tahoe and Suburban and above 1,000-lb on all other vehicles (think that's 2015 models). Ford points out that many states require brakes over 1,500 pounds and they recommend separate functional brake system on any towed vehicle. Dodge says if a trailer ways over 1,000 pounds it should have it's own brake system.

https://www.chevrolet.com/content/da...ring-Guide.pdf
https://www.ford.com/resources/ford/...0_r2_oct23.pdf
http://www.dodge.com/towing/D/basics/index.html
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