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Review of Hydrastar Brake Actuator - Electric-Hydraulic Brake Actuator - HS481-8065

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Hydrastar Brake Actuator - Electric-Hydraulic Brake Actuator - HS481-8065 Review


Hello, everybody, this is Jeff at etrailer.com. Today we're gonna take a look at this HydraStar plug and play drum brake electric-over-hydraulic actuator system for factory brake controllers. Now this HydraStar plug and play system makes installing your hydraulic brake system a snap. The plug and play is designed for simple, easy installation with no hardwiring required. The system is designed to work with your factory brake controller. The system will include everything shown here on the table, starts with the HydraStar actuator.

Again, it's plug and play design, the breakaway battery kit and the breakaway cable, again, plug and play design, the plug and play seven-way harness, and right over here is the control adaptor module, which again is a plug and play design. The electric-over-hydraulic brake actuator will activate your trailer's hydraulic brakes when you apply the brakes in your tow vehicle. The factory brake controller will send a signal from your tow vehicle to your actuator when you apply the brakes in your tow vehicle. The improved functionality is, compared to surge brake couplers, this will give you a faster response time. The trailer brakes are triggered when you apply the brakes in the tow vehicle, as opposed to when the trailer pushes against the hitch ball, like in a surge coupler, and there's no need to manually lock out the brakes when you back up.

The trailer brakes can be intentionally activated when you reverse. Does have a manual override on the brake controller that can be activated so you can engage the trailer brakes without having to apply your vehicle brakes. On this actuator, at the very back here, you can see the vent down here. So there's this vented end plate, which will release pressure, moisture, and heat in order to protect the internal components. This allows this actuator to be mounted in places where most actuators would overheat.

So as a result, this actuator's great for gooseneck and fifth wheel trailers where finding space on the tongue can be almost impossible. Does use an electronic proportional pressure valve to ensure that the braking is smooth and effective. Right up at the top here has this built-in bleeder screw to let you easily flush air out of your brake lines. It is made of a durable extruded aluminum, provide superior corrosion resistant, does use marine-grade gaskets and stainless steel hardware, makes it ideal for marine use. Now this part right up here, this is the control adaptor module.

This is included for compatibility with your Ford, your Dodge or your GM factory brake controller. This module allows this actuator to work with your factory brake controller. And again, it's an easy plug and play install, no hardwiring is required. Now this kit is DOT, Department of Transportation, compliant. The unit will install on the trailer frame and connects to your trailer's wiring and the hydraulic brake lines. Few specs on this, the application. This is for single-, tandem-, or triple-axle trailers with drum brakes. Maximum output pressure is 1000 PSI. The power is 12 volts DC. And the last thing I wanna do is just give you a dimension on the actuator. So if you're wondering where to install it, they give an idea of the length on this, the overall length. And we're gonna measure including the mounting plates right at the bottom there, it right at 11 3/4 inches long. The width of it at the widest point is only gonna be right about three inches wide. And then the overall height is gonna be about 7 3/8 inches tall. But that should do it for the review on this HydraStar plug and play drum brake electric-over-hydraulic actuator system for your factory brake controllers..


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