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Parts for brakes on old UHaul car trailer?

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by dirty old man, May 20, 2012.

  1. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,912

    dirty old man
    Member Emeritus

    Hope this isn't too OT, but Hell, everybody needs a car hauler trailer at times. So I don't think that it's all that OT!
    Found a fair buy on an old ex-Uhaul car trailer, only problem is that the thing has sat outside in the weather for years and rain has gotten thru the vent on the master cylinder for the surge brakes and the master cylinder is full of water. I'm thinking new master cylinder and wheel cylinders at a minimum.
    Anybody got any ideas on where to look for parts for one of these old trailers???????
  2. basicbob
    Joined: Nov 2, 2003
    Posts: 781


    Deve, look for "Redneck Trailer Supply". They are around the country so their website will give you the closest to you. If you have trouble call "Springfield Brake" in Springfield Missouri.

    Good luck, Bob
  3. Johnny-B-Bad
    Joined: Jun 19, 2005
    Posts: 1,019


    You're better off ripping all that stuff out and just go full electric brakes. When i did my trailer, it was around $250 an axle. Thats for drums, backing plates, and bearings.
  4. Big_John
    Joined: Mar 28, 2006
    Posts: 333

    from Upstate NY

    x 2
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  5. bulltown_boy
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 31


    I would keep the surge brakes. U-haul used them for a reason. They work well and the tow vehicle does not need any special equipment.
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  6. U Haul has an ebay store ...

    They have been selling new ' old stock ' parts for their trucks and trailers
    to clear out inventory for a while now

  7. Big Bad Dad
    Joined: Mar 27, 2009
    Posts: 317

    Big Bad Dad

    My Dad has an old car trailer with surge brakes. The master cylinder is the same as an early sixties Ford single cylinder.
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  8. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,613

    Rusty O'Toole

    I'm with Johnny B. Electric brakes are better and safer. The only reason they used surge brakes was because it simplified the rentals, the renters did not have brake controllers.

    New axles with brakes and bearings are also a better buy and easier than fixing the old shit.

    You should be able to find them cheaper than $250 an axle too.
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  9. 45_70Sharps
    Joined: May 19, 2010
    Posts: 331


    Change it to electric!
    U-haul doesn't use surge brakes because they are a better choice, they use them because they work on any rig.

    Try backing down a steep gravel drive with those surge brakes. You don't have the "surge" going in the right direction to activate the brakes and the trailer will drag you.
    Joined: Jul 25, 2009
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    Bad situation also, with the surge brakes, trying to BACK one up a hill. DD
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  11. 04boostnv
    Joined: Aug 8, 2020
    Posts: 1


    I know this is old. Although I also have a u haul trailer. Where can I find electric brakes that fit with out being modified?? Thank you
  12. 54vicky
    Joined: Dec 13, 2011
    Posts: 1,599


    no need to modify simply change the backing plates they usually come with magnets shoes etc. then run wires.they come in 10 or 12 inch
  13. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,613

    Rusty O'Toole

    If it was mine I would look into buying new axles complete with springs, brakes, and all. You can specify any width, spring length, number of leaves you need. Last time I looked complete axle assembly was about $250, brakes only about $100. Both are common trailer supply items.
  14. chopnchaneled
    Joined: Oct 21, 2004
    Posts: 1,424

    from Buford Ga.

    Dave,,, which ever way you go if you are still looking: atlanta brake and clutch
    in doraville, just off I-85 north.
  15. I was under the impression that U-Haul did not sell their trailers, only their trucks. I was told many years ago that they actually cut the trailers up for scrap to avoid liability issues. You learn something new every day!
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  16. Yeah, that was their policy the last time I looked it up...

    They sell complete backing plates kits. Surge is fine as long as you don’t let it sit for long periods, just like a car. Really think how your going to use it, you might be better off with electric.
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  18. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,388


    Another vote for electric brakes. Just make sure you get a good brake controller. I had good luck with Tekonsha controllers. Easy install and straight forward adjustments. That is unless you have a newer truck with a built in controller from the factory. JMO.
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  19. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 30,832


    You guys must get trailer brakes and axles a lot cheaper than I can find them.

    My boat trailer has surge brakes and I wouldn't have it any other way. That rig with the 25 ft cruiser on it stops great and there is a pin to put in to keep the brakes from grabbing when you back up.

    There are a lot of surge brake parts on the net if you hunt a bit.

    I want to swap the home made (use Dodge spindles and brakes) axles that came with my trailer for 3500 lb axles with electric brakes and I am looking at just short of 800 bucks to do it.
    I think the trailer was probably a high school ag shop project here in the valley back in the 90's as I remember seeing the jig to set up axles in one of the High school AG shops I visited at one time.
    Trailer tows great and tows straight but no working brakes and I am afraid of the usable weight limit on it.
  20. jaracer
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  21. TrailerTrashToo
    Joined: Jun 20, 2018
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  22. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 4,473

    from Ok

    Bought a “used” Uhaul trailer years ago. You could see the faint logo under the fresher paint. First time a Uhaul “detective” saw it they repossessed it. Said that they never sell trailers. When I went back to the sellers they said it was their son’s but gave me my money back thank goodness.
  23. TrailerTrashToo
    Joined: Jun 20, 2018
    Posts: 1,143


    The last picture on the link in Post # 21 above.

    NOT u-haul property.jpg NOT u-haul property. with what appears to be a document or property number,
  24. The reason they use surge brakes is not everyone has an electric brake controller. That is the only reason according to a U-Haul executive that I know.
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  25. If they do not sell them why would they even put that tag on? That says that it was but no longer because it has been legally sold.
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  26. TrailerTrashToo
    Joined: Jun 20, 2018
    Posts: 1,143


    Did you read post #21? They scrap the smaller trailers. In you follow the link provided, the larger auto transport trailer is for sale. A picture of the "NOT u-haul property" tag appears in this link.

    That is a real U-haul dealer in Grand Junction, CO - I actually returned a U-haul rental truck to that location in June, 2019.
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  27. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 12,306

    from Quincy, IL

    “Reading is fundamental“......and......”The Devil is in the details”......:D
  28. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 5,473

    from Berry, AL

    $1300 for that worn out piece of junk? Damn, for about $700 more you can get a brand new, 18' with dove tail with two 3500 lb axles with electric brakes!
  29. spanners
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,475


    I must admit to being a fan of surge brakes, preferably hydraulic not cable. It doesn't matter which tow vehicle I use I know they'll work and how many times have you seen some numb-nut wizzing down the highway with the electrical plug and wiring dragging along the pavement. Electric brakes won't help you then.
  30. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,388


    If you have electric brakes your sorry ass BIL won't be able to borrow it because he doesn't have a controller. Just a thought.
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