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Surge Brake Actuator Recommendation for 6,000 lb Trailer with Drum Brakes and Manual Lock Out

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I have a 6000# trailer with drum brakes and has a worn out Atwood hydraulic coupler weld mounted onto a 3 x 3 square tubing. This unit has the lever style backup device and also has a breakaway cable. Looking for an economic replacement either weld or bolt on with breakaway cable. I dont really want to wire my vehicles for an electric solenoid for backing up. Is there a manual hydraulic valve I could plumb in to the brake line instead? What are your recommendations?

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Expert Reply:

The best option we have would be the Titan Actuator part # T63FR. This is a drum brake surge actuator that fits 3 inch frame channels, has a 7,500 lb capacity, and has a manual lockout. This would be the best option we have.

I attached a review video for this actuator for you to check out as well.

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YTitan Actuator part # T63FR This was recommended and I have some questions: I dont see how or where the backup lever is or how it works- is it the pin on a small cable that is shown slipping in behind the ball socket? Or, is that the hitch lock safety pin? How do you tighten the hitch onto the ball? is there any adjustment?

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If you check out the 1:20 mark of the demo video I attached you'll see how the manual lock out works. Basically the actuator comes with a pin that you install into the hole on the side of the coupler just behind the inner portion that slides in and out and that prevents the actuator from being able to pump up the brake pressure.

There would be no need to adjust or tighten the actuator to your hitch ball either.

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