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Parts Needed to Backup Without Putting on the Surge Brakes When Parking or Launching a Boat Trailer

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Hello, I recenlty purhcased a Titan Model 60 actuator and I was wondering if there is a way to disengage the braking while reversing in for launching and parking? Thanks!

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Yes, there is a way to back up your boat trailer and keep the surge brake actuator, # T43397007K, from applying pressure to the trailer brakes.

You will need an electric lockout solenoid, # T4748800, which will close when you shift the vehicle into reverse, allowing the trailer to be backed. Along with the solenoid, you will need a solenoid cover, # T4835800183, if your actuator is the model 60 actuator that you referenced. The cover will keep the solenoid from getting stepped on and damaged when installed inline between the master cylinder and the existing brake line.

You will also need to add a 5-Way trailer end wiring connector, # HM47910, on the trailer and a 5-Way vehicle end wiring connector on the vehicle. When wiring the vehicle you will match the ground, taillight, and left and right stop turn wires and wire the additional blue wire into the reverse light circuit behind one of the vehicle taillight housings. You can buy these two connectors as a kit using part # HM47890, an once installed you can still use a 4-Way flat trailer connector with the 5-Way on the vehicle.

Another option for wiring the vehicle is to use a 5-Way adapter like part # 47515 which will allow you to leave the 4-Way wiring connector on your vehicle and add the reverse light circuit to the adapter when towing the boat.

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