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Old May 19th, 2008, 01:27 AM   #1
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Howdy guys,
I picked up a trailer and didnt realize it had air brakes.

does anyone know if its possible to convert air brakes over to electric brakes ?

I need help guys, thanks for any info guys.

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Old May 19th, 2008, 07:25 AM   #2
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If the hubs/axles are the same as another model with electric, it should be a bolt on. Trailer stuff is fairly universal (with exceptions) Otherwise you will probably be fabricating something or switching the axles.
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Thanks Man,
I'll Have To Look For The Same Model With Electric Brakes. Its A Tandem Dual Axle Set Up So Swapping Them Out Would Be Expensive.

Is Is Possible To Run Air Brakes From My F-350 Superduty ?
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well No you can not use a stck f350 to wirk air brakes. There is no air compresor and they have made a hydrulic to air system.
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You would have to replace the complete brake system on the trailer.

As for making them work with your F-350. Well you would need the valve system, air compressor, air tank, primary line, secondary line, vent line, Glad hand.

You would have to wire up the compressor to kick on and off with the pressure in the tank. The valve system aka tradle valve which is the brake pedal. You would have to figure a way to make this work on the F-350.

Oh and you would need the CDL for Air Brakes as well.

Over all it would cost more and take to much time. By the time you got done you could have sold the trailer and bought one that has electric brakes on it. Or convert the trailer to electric brakes.

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Oh and you would need the CDL for Air Brakes as well.
Actually no you don't. In Michigan if you're pulling it non-commercially, you don't need an air brake endorsement. In fact you don't even need a CDL to drive a Class 8 truck as long as it's registered as a recreational vehicle and transporting your personal belongings.
Michigan is surprisingly lenient when it comes to recreational vehicles and driver licensing.
If you do decide to pull the air brake stuff off, let me know I could have a use for that hardware.
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Actually no you don't. In Michigan if you're pulling it non-commercially, you don't need an air brake endorsement. In fact you don't even need a CDL to drive a Class 8 truck as long as it's registered as a recreational vehicle and transporting your personal belongings.
Michigan is surprisingly lenient when it comes to recreational vehicles and driver licensing.
If you do decide to pull the air brake stuff off, let me know I could have a use for that hardware.
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I have only dealt with commercial uses. I didn't know that Michigan was so lenient with this stuff. But I have also never dealt with it privately either.
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Thanks Guys,
Thats What I Was Asking: If I Could Do Something To Run The Air Brakes With My F-350. (i Didnt Think I Could Just Hook It Up Without Doing Anything)
But, Anyways It Sounds Like To Much Work.

They Run About $500 Bucks But I Think I'm Gonna Just Get The Air To Hydraulic Unit.

Thanks Guys For Taking The Time To Help Me Out With This.
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Thanks Guys,
Thats What I Was Asking: If I Could Do Something To Run The Air Brakes With My F-350. (i Didnt Think I Could Just Hook It Up Without Doing Anything)
But, Anyways It Sounds Like To Much Work.

They Run About $500 Bucks But I Think I'm Gonna Just Get The Air To Hydraulic Unit.

Thanks Guys For Taking The Time To Help Me Out With This.
If you need help with the conversion let me know.
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