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Solution for Surge Trailer Brakes that Activate When Backing Trailer Up

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I am assuming my issue is related to the electric system not disengaging the brakes while in reverse. My brakes work while driving. What I have been doing is restricting the slide before backing and brakes do not engage. How do a determine my issue before I begin replacing parts?

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Surge brakes will activate when backing the trailer up unless you do one of two things to address the problem.

You can install free-backing brake assemblies on the trailer (I attached a link to a page that has all of the ones we carry) or you can use a reverse lockout solenoid which will prevent hydraulic pressure from making it to the wheel cylinders when the reverse light circuit activates the solenoid.

If you have a Titan actuator you would need the part # T4748800 or if you have a Demco part # DM11993.

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