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#11674314 - 06/17/16 09:54 PM Cost to add trailer brakes
Kapnbill Offline
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Registered: 06/30/02
Posts: 308
Loc: Austin
I was just told by an inspection station that all trailers over 4500 pound gvwr need brakes to pass inspection. My trailer is for a bay boat at the coast. Because of the rust issues many/most of the trailers down there for 21-24' boats do not have brakes.

Does anyone have an idea what it costs to add brakes? I'm guessing it will be ridiculously expensive.

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#11674356 - 06/17/16 10:21 PM Re: Cost to add trailer brakes [Re: Kapnbill]
smooth move Offline
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Registered: 10/14/12
Posts: 934
Loc: bayou vista,tx
take the trailer/boat to a weigh station and weigh it. if you are under 4500 lb, you can reregister your trailer to a lower weight and not have to get it inspected. mine is a 2200 pathfinder and weighs 3600 lb trailer and all. i reregistered to trailer weight of 1000 and capacity of 3000 for a total of 4000. 500 lb below the inspection/brake limit. this is not a new law, but they just started enforcing it. good luck at the scales.


Edited by smooth move (06/17/16 10:25 PM)
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#11674361 - 06/17/16 10:24 PM Re: Cost to add trailer brakes [Re: Kapnbill]
bronco71 Offline
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Registered: 02/05/06
Posts: 1057
Loc: Farmers Branch/Sulphur Bluff
Check with Southwest Wheel in Dallas, they are the least expensive I have found for the parts, but I don't believe they install.

If you were in Dallas area I would say Mcgills trailer shop in Lewisville for the complete job.

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#11679743 - 06/21/16 08:15 AM Re: Cost to add trailer brakes [Re: Kapnbill]
Tx Tree Grower Offline
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Registered: 09/17/08
Posts: 778
Loc: Palestine, TX
Probably cheaper to just put a new brake axle under it. Rebuilding electric brakes often costs way more in time and labor than just replacing it. We can usually buy 3500 lb axle for around $200-$250.

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#11680730 - 06/21/16 04:47 PM Re: Cost to add trailer brakes [Re: Kapnbill]
Rick Collis Offline
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