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Does My Trailer With Surge Coupler Have Brakes Or Need Wiring?

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I recently bought a new boat. My trailer for the boat has a Titan 60 surge drum brakes on the back tandems. After I bought it i inspect the electrical that hook up to my hitch noticing that have no blue wire going to my trailer. From what I understand is that surge brakes everything is mostly mechanical and that blue wire is for reverse. So do I have brakes going forward on my trailer? And reverse? I read somewhere on your site that Titan model 60 does not typically have the lockouts as long as you dont reverse at high speeds or inclines. Is there anything I can do as a non expert to see if I functioning breaks? Thanks again

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As you mentioned, the Titan 60 Surge Brake Actuating Coupler is mechanical. It has a lever inside that pushes up against the hitch ball to give you a fixed point that makes the lever move and compress. This compression in the master cylinder applies the hydraulic pressure you need much like a brake pedal.

The wiring you are referring to sounds like a traditional 5-way flat trailer connector where that 5th colored wire is blue and is used for either electric trailer brakes or reverse function. With most boat trailers, this is used for the reverse function. Without that reverse function signal and reverse lockout solenoid, there is a chance that your brakes will apply due to the hitch ball pressure when going in reverse (backing your boat up). To avoid this, you can use the Replacement Solenoid Valve for Titan Brake Actuators with Reverse Lockouts # T4748800 and 5-Flat Trailer End 48" Harness # 20017.

There are many brake assemblies like the Hydraulic Brake Kit - Uni-Servo - Free Backing - Dacromet - 10" - Left/Right Hand - 3,500 lbs # AKFBBRK-35-D that allow you to back up freely without issue. If you have these style brake assemblies you can back up without the lockout on your actuator needed.

If you are unsure if your brakes are working properly, I recommend adjusting the shoes and taking the trailer to a location where you can safely test the braking at various speeds without any vehicle interference.

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