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Which Axle if only one Should Have Trailer Brakes on Tandem Axle Trailer

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I have a 16foot dual axle utility trailer and I am adding electric brakes. Which axle do I put the brakes on, front or rear? Ill be using this trailer to haul Harley Davidson motorcycles. There seems to be several opinions on this topic out there.

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We recommend putting the brakes on the axle that will have more of the cargo's weight on it. For a utility trailer that's typically the front axle. Typically the only time you see the brake axle as the rear axle is if it's a boat trailer since the weight of the engine is behind the axles.

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