Electric Trailer BrakesWhether you're hauling a trailer, caravan, boat, or other vehicle, if that vehicle weighs 750 kilograms or more, you legally must fit the vehicle with independent brakes. Even if you're not legally obliged to use independent brakes, these can make your towing experience that much more smooth and enjoyable. Trailers that weigh over 2,000 kilograms must have brakes fitted to all wheels, as well as a break away system, which automatically activates should the trailer detach from the towing vehicle, and the brakes must remain on for at least fifteen minutes. With eBay's great range of electric trailer brakes, you're sure to find the electric brake kit to suit your vehicle in a flash.
Electric trailer brakes are the most common form of independent brake. They use an electric current from a brake controller mounted in your car to activate a magnet, causing the brake shoe to spread inside the brake hub, applying the brakes. The brake controller is installed inside your vehicle, connecting to your battery and stop lights. An earth is also required.
What to consider when buying an electric brake kitThe voltage of the electric trailer brakes must match the voltage of your towing vehicle, either 12V or 24V. 12V is the most common. Consider whether proportional or non proportional brake controllers are better for your intended use. Controllers are also manufactured to match a maximum number of axles on the trailer or vehicle being towed. Always ensure you purchase a model that, at minimum, meets the number of axles on your trailer. Also ensure that the electric trailer brakes meet the relevant legislation in your local area, and that the individual model you choose suits your vehicle and towing purpose. Check with the manufacturer if you're unsure. Whatever the electric trailer brakes to suit your needs, you'll find a great range to compare and buy here on eBay.