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Can Boat Trailers Use Electric Drum Brakes  

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want to switch surge brake system over to electric brake system on my tandem axle boat trailer, will the electric brakes be all right backing into the water????

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We used to say that you shouldn't use electric brakes on a boat trailer since electricity doesn't mix well with water, but we are seeing more and more boat trailer companies putting electric brakes on their trailers so it will be fine. We still recommend disconnecting the trailer wiring from the vehicle before backing into the water. Although we are well aware of people who leave them connected without any problems.

Basically you are just going to need to remove your hydraulic assemblies and lines and then go with electric assemblies and wire them up. I would recommend sealing all connections with heat shrink or use heat shrink butt connectors like # DW05745-10.

I attached a help article that will walk you through the process of adding brakes to your trailer.

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