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homer12
01-10-2013, 02:45 PM
I was wondering if anyone has ever taken off their actuator trailer coupler, for a fixed coupler. I have an original double axle trailer under the 190 Tristar with drum brakes and surge actuator. The actuator and brakes haven't worked since I got it a year ago and I don't feel I really need them. The boat doesn't weigh much and pulls easy anyway. I'd rather eliminate actuator moving back and forth then mess with overhauling the brakes that haven't worked in who knows how long.

Also, if I disconnect the brake lines, has anyone capped them to prevent moister from getting in.

Also, here is what my c-channel trailer has to route wiring. It's like corder molding/trim and it's starting to come loose in other areas. Anyone know where I can get some more? I haven't found any.

Miss Rita
01-10-2013, 04:07 PM
What kind of actuator is it? The simplest solution would be to lock it so that it doesn't move.

The material used to hold the wiring in place is called pinch molding, my '89 uses the same stuff. You might be able to re-use it by tightening it up. If you decide to replace it upholstery shops would carry it.

The money you would spend to replace the actuator would be better spent to get the brakes fixed.

homer12
01-10-2013, 05:36 PM
Thanks, Miss Rita. How do you "tighten" the pinch molding?

Miss Rita
01-10-2013, 06:13 PM
to tighten it first pull it off, squeeze it with your fingers to the desired degree of tightness, then re-apply.

MikeyOrange88
01-10-2013, 11:31 PM
See if this is what your looking for.

http://www.sailrite.com/Snap-on-Windlace-Black

homer12
01-10-2013, 11:54 PM
Great, thank you. Also, what do you use to lock out this style of actuator?

Miss Rita
01-11-2013, 10:54 AM
Also, what do you use to lock out this style of actuator?

What style of actuator?

GoneBoatN
01-11-2013, 02:02 PM
I was wondering if anyone has ever taken off their actuator trailer coupler, for a fixed coupler. I have an original double axle trailer under the 190 Tristar with drum brakes and surge actuator. The actuator and brakes haven't worked since I got it a year ago and I don't feel I really need them. The boat doesn't weigh much and pulls easy anyway. I'd rather eliminate actuator moving back and forth then mess with overhauling the brakes that haven't worked in who knows how long.

Also, if I disconnect the brake lines, has anyone capped them to prevent moister from getting in.

Also, here is what my c-channel trailer has to route wiring. It's like corder molding/trim and it's starting to come loose in other areas. Anyone know where I can get some more? I haven't found any.

You might want to check the laws in your state before you just disable the brakes -
http://www.towingworld.com/articles/TowingLaws.htm. For me, I'd rather have the brakes. There is a reason why they are on the trailer but I'm not about to go down that path - maybe someone else will :rolleyes:.

Also for the wiring, google "boat trailer wiring clips". A little reading provides suggestions and alternatives. Google knows all! :D

homer12
01-12-2013, 12:04 AM
This is the new version of exactly what my actuator looks like:

http://www.pacifictrailers.com/Titan/Dico-Model-60-Multi-Fit-Drum-Brake-Actuator-4339700/

Good info on the towing laws. I never considered that. Honestly, I feel like the brakes on this trailer just need an entire overhaul because it sat mostly unused for a long time and they don't do anything since I've had it.

I guess I'll just keep the actuator on it and start by getting parts as I can afford them and do it all when I have time some day.

In order to see how bad they are, would you guys recommend just replacing the actuator shock (it's dead), fill the master cylinder, bleed and see what happens? I just dont want to be half way through a project and prevent me from being able to use the boat later.