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surge brakes for my old Ranger?
« on: September 14, 2017, 05:18:55 PM »

OK all you Ranger knowledgeable people. Is it possible to fit surge brakes to a Rangertrail trailer for my 1989 Ranger 360V?
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Re: surge brakes for my old Ranger?
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2017, 06:41:04 AM »

I'm no expert on Ranger trailers. Not much of one on any trailer. I bought some boat trailer parts from etrailer.com a couple of weeks ago and snooped around on their site for a while afterwards.They sell the complete conversion kits for hanging from drum to disk. It looked to me like it would be possible. The kit I looked at was around $450.

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Re: surge brakes for my old Ranger?
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2017, 07:05:14 AM »

well my new Ranger trailer has surge brakes

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Re: surge brakes for my old Ranger?
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2017, 07:09:07 AM »

I'm no expert on Ranger trailers. Not much of one on any trailer. I bought some boat trailer parts from etrailer.com a couple of weeks ago and snooped around on their site for a while afterwards.They sell the complete conversion kits for hanging from drum to disk. It looked to me like it would be possible. The kit I looked at was around $450.
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Re: surge brakes for my old Ranger?
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2017, 07:10:49 AM »

well my new Ranger trailer has surge brakes

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Re: surge brakes for my old Ranger?
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2017, 06:26:59 PM »

Thanks for the input Steve.
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Re: surge brakes for my old Ranger?
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2017, 08:18:06 PM »

I know this is out of the norm but I converted my surge brakes to electric. I just dont like surge brake systems.
If you contact most any trailer sales place they can set you up with the equipment to add, convert, delete, whatever, on trailer brake systems. Those parts are typically not Ranger, or any manufacture specific so it's a pretty simple swap.
When I converted to electric I got complete units from the backing plate forward for I think $120 bucks or so. Then I just ran wiring.
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Re: surge brakes for my old Ranger?
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2017, 06:54:56 AM »

Great idea there cojab!
Never thought about doing that but sure would make it easier and work better. I have an RV trailer that uses them and they do work well on that. Guess I need to look into that. They will probably use the same four bolt mounting for the backing plates. Thanks again.
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Re: surge brakes for my old Ranger?
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2017, 11:36:39 AM »

You bet. And yes, the mounting is the same.
Electric is usually more economical to work on or change out than surge. That is as long as you already have a trailer brake controller in your tow vehicle. If not you need to add $100-150.

If you use your boat in saltwater, I would probably rinse them after use.
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Re: surge brakes for my old Ranger?
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2017, 04:18:27 PM »

You bet. And yes, the mounting is the same.
Electric is usually more economical to work on or change out than surge. That is as long as you already have a trailer brake controller in your tow vehicle. If not you need to add $100-150.

If you use your boat in saltwater, I would probably rinse them after use.
My Suburban has a brake controller wired in and I can do my Jeep Liberty the same way. Both have 7 pin connectors so I don't need to change that out. I think I will start collecting all the necessary parts to do that.
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