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    Default Converting a trailer to a braked trailer

    Hi All,
    we are currently looking at an off-road trailer but unfortunately the axle is not braked.
    Does anyone have relevantly recent costs associated with converting trailer to a braked trailer?

    Thanks

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    PM me your email and I can send you a Birquip price list.

    Not a cheap excersise.
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    Thanks done so.

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    Agree that Burquip is an excellent option. I have dealt with them; they are helpful and offer excellent service.
    It will be an expensive exercise.

    Your closest branch is in the Kuilsriver / Blackheath area
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    Default Re: Converting a trailer to a braked trailer

    I've done it a few years go. The expensive parts are the braked axle and the coupler.

    New prices will be in the pricelist.
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    Default Re: Converting a trailer to a braked trailer

    Just looked on their website and took the following 2 option:

    Coupler - R3500

    http://burquip.co.za/shop/ball-coupler-cbk2000c/

    Axle - R5500

    http://burquip.co.za/shop/axle-afc45a-1510-04s/

    Plus add-ons and labour - guessing pricing will be in the R10k to R12k mark!

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    Default Re: Converting a trailer to a braked trailer

    One also needs to check the disselboom’s design whether it can accommodate the coupler. This could also add costs to the exercise

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    I did mine about 2 years ago, also made the mud guards bigger since I matched the Fortuner's wheels, going from 14" to 17". I had to rebuild the A frame, the existing one was not up to standard for brakes. Bought all my parts from Roadque (www.roadque.co.za), was cheaper than burquip. They sell Alko axles
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    Default Re: Converting a trailer to a braked trailer

    I once had an account with Burquip. The supplied leaf springs fell apart on Tanzanias corrugated roads, not their problem, it was under designed for the application although within claimed load range. (A mates leaf springs bought from them also fell apart on the tar road to Western Cape that same holiday)

    I managed to get hold of the MD at home after they have officially closed for December to ask if he could perhaps courier a set of springs for me to Arusha on my account. He was really upset with me desturbing his holiday time for such a request and told me in no uncertain terms he would not help.

    I now buy from Roadque 😀

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    Default Re: Converting a trailer to a braked trailer

    Unfortunately I have had similar experiences from Burquip.

    So I will def investigate the alternatives.
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    Default Re: Converting a trailer to a braked trailer

    Thanks for all the comments and feedback.

    I have also spoken to the original manufactures and await their feedback.

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    Default Re: Converting a trailer to a braked trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by Ingetrap View Post
    Thanks for all the comments and feedback.

    I have also spoken to the original manufactures and await their feedback.
    Are you considering to do it yourself or rather have it done?
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    Default Re: Converting a trailer to a braked trailer

    If you are buying, just go for the braked build right off the bat. We do these conversions often, as guys have mentioned, its not cheap. But furthermore, an unbraked chassis is built that way quite often, so not as heavy duty or robust as a braked set up. For obvious reasons as the GVM's differ dramatically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by konstanddp View Post
    Are you considering to do it yourself or rather have it done?
    Nope - will have it done professionally

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozosborne View Post
    If you are buying, just go for the braked build right off the bat. We do these conversions often, as guys have mentioned, its not cheap. But furthermore, an unbraked chassis is built that way quite often, so not as heavy duty or robust as a braked set up. For obvious reasons as the GVM's differ dramatically.
    Thanks for raising this - this is a point I had not considered!

    Plan is now to rather find a braked trailer that suits our needs....back to hunting one down!

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    Default Re: Converting a trailer to a braked trailer

    Quote Originally Posted by Ingetrap View Post
    Thanks for raising this - this is a point I had not considered!

    Plan is now to rather find a braked trailer that suits our needs....back to hunting one down!
    Makes way more sense that way. Just make sure all the braking components are in good working order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozosborne View Post
    ......Just make sure all the braking components are in good working order.
    Very valid.

    I have taken over another car carrier trailer and all has to be redone.
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