Originally Posted by MuddyPaws
Depends on what axle? It would have to be a damn old, and odd axle to not be able to put brakes on it any way. I converted a set of mobile home axles that didn't have brakes with TSC stuff. If it has a standard style spindle, the most you will have to do is weld on the flange.
I have yet to see a normal 3500 pound axle not be able to take a set of brakes.
in that case, all you are using is the axle tube. There are some axles that don't even use a standard spindle (the old split-rim and mobile home axles come to mind)
But you are right, you can take ANY axle and
1- buy 2 new spindles
2- buy 4 new bearings
3- buy 2 new hubs/drums
4- buy 2 new backing plates and brake pads
5- buy 2 new rims, because the old rims won't fit the new hubs
6- buy 2 new tires, because the old tires are dry rotten, and won't fit the new rims
and then do it again since it is a dual axle trailer
and voila... you just spent more than a good used properly equiped trailer would have costed you in the first place.
And I'm guessing the sweet trailer youjust bought without brakes also uses a 2" trailer ball.... you'll need to buy a new 2 5-16" coupler now too.