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Grit dog

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Posted: 10/22/21 10:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Although, generally when I hear $600 per (anything) to have someone do something for me, my first thought is how long would it take and how much would it cost to do it myself.


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Posted: 10/22/21 05:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

they still alow them down there? surge brkes on a trailer with a weight capacity over 6160lbs are ileagle up here as they dont meet the requirment of being able to be aplied independently of the two vehicle brakes.


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Posted: 10/22/21 08:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Surge brakes aren't allowed for commercial trailers down here per dot regs....
"Any trailer with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 12,000
pounds or less, when its GVWR does not exceed 1.75 times the GVWR of the
towing vehicle;"

However lots of non commercial trailers with surge brakes on the road. I watched a guy on a really steep boat ramp get drug backwards. The rig didn't stop till the heavy boat was mostly floating.

Many shops simply don't have the space to work on tall large vehicles.
Big rig trailer repair shops around here handle trailers of all types and sizes for that type of work...or even commercial vehicle yearly inspections.


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Posted: 10/23/21 12:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JIMNLIN wrote:



However lots of non commercial trailers with surge brakes on the road. I watched a guy on a really steep boat ramp get drug backwards. The rig didn't stop till the heavy boat was mostly floating..


When electric brakes might stop it at the situation, I doubt electric coils would like to be submerged on long run.
I have seen electric over hydraulic brake system on boat trailer, but that was aftermarket conversion. For some reasons manufacturers don't do it.
I just bought new tow dolly with surge brakes and even before I was able to use it, I've got "recall" notice.
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Having very small space, the design is very packed, so I don't blame shops don't want to work of them for liability reasons.





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Posted: 10/25/21 07:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The whole "It's illegal" discussion is irrelevant here, because this is for a car dolly, not a commercial trailer, and not in BC.

If the OP is dragged down a boat dock by his car, something is very very wrong.


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mkirsch wrote:



If the OP is dragged down a boat dock by his car, something is very very wrong.


But don't ignore human ingenuity. Just las week on youtbe I run into video of a boat, who I would estimate at least 15,000 lb, with about 12' width towed by F150.
The best point was going via 11' wide tool gates.

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At that price get rid of it and buy a new dolly WITHOUT brakes. I have used this set up for 20+ years and have yet to have the first problem.

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Posted: 10/26/21 12:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have read on RV forums one cannot backup a tow dolly in a straight line. True or not true and that Uhaul trailers with surge brakes cannot be backed up an incline or hill?????

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Any smart design of surge brake will have locking pin, or pad for backing up.

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Backing up a dolly with a car on it is next to impossible.

Only used a trailer with surge brakes and if it had a way to lock the brakes out I never new it. I do know I could not back it up the driveway because the brakes were engaged.

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