Brakes for Harbor Freight Trailer

Ask questions about Harbor Freight trailers, or questions about building your own...

Postby Ken Fincher » Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:47 pm

You will have to post some pics :thumbsup:

The Sin City Teardropper.(s)
Ken F.
( )
Thanks to the Highways & Byways & our National & State Parks,What a beautiful Country we live in.

( )
User avatar
Ken Fincher
The 300 Club
Posts: 378
Images: 28
Joined: Sat Aug 18, 2007 1:07 am
Location: Las Vegas,Nevada

Trailers with brakes

Postby eamarquardt » Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:14 pm

Any trailer I build will have brakes, breaks, and more stopping power than the minimum than you think you might be able to get away with. I came down a mountain in a Ford Taurus towing a realatively light tent trailer one time. It scared the heck out of me and I'll never do that again.

There you have it: "the world according to Gus".


The opinions in this post are my own. My comments are directed to those that might like an alternative approach to those already espoused.There is the right way,the wrong way,the USMC way, your way, my way, and the highway.
"I'm impatient with stupidity. My people have learned to live without it." Klaatu-"The Day the Earth Stood Still"
"You can't handle the truth!"-Jack Nicholson "A Few Good Men"
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. The Marines don't have that problem"-Ronald Reagan
User avatar
Silver Donating Member
Posts: 3179
Images: 150
Joined: Sat Nov 11, 2006 11:00 pm
Location: Simi Valley, State of Euphoria (Ca)


Postby Ron Dickey » Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:54 am

bg wrote:
Alphacarina wrote:Pretty sure this kit will fit the HF 1740 - It uses 1 1/16th bearings for both the inner and outer. You will probably have to have brackets welded on to be able to bolt the brake backing plates to the axles though, so even with a complete kit, it's not a simple install . . . . unless you want to buy an entire new axle complete with brakes . . . . . ... _200338670

that will only work if the HF axle has a brake flange welded to the axle i.e.

no longer made
replaces with ... _200510828
both side walls are up...cabinet needs stain.......ongoing 2.5 yr bld build as i find time..... Cross Bow in Build Journals....viewtopic.php?f=50&t=54108
User avatar
Ron Dickey
Silver Donating Member
Posts: 3013
Images: 707
Joined: Tue Apr 20, 2004 5:56 pm
Location: Central Coast, CA

Re: Brakes for Harbor Freight Trailer

Postby larryl » Sun Jul 23, 2017 2:19 pm

Next trailer (have the current one 12 yrs) will have brakes. Agree buy new axle with brakes already installed.
User avatar
Teardrop Master
Posts: 187
Images: 22
Joined: Sun Jan 30, 2005 7:06 pm

Re: Brakes for Harbor Freight Trailer

Postby HMK » Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:24 pm

Better to have them and not need them than
To not have them and need them.
User avatar
Teardrop Master
Posts: 220
Joined: Sun Jun 10, 2007 4:30 pm

Re: Brakes for Harbor Freight Trailer

Postby Redneck Packrat » Sun Jul 23, 2017 5:22 pm

Even better, to not put yourself into a position of needing them in the first place :shock: :? :R

The way I drive, if I ever come across the need for brakes on a light trailer, I've got one HECK of a lot more pressing problems! :roll: :cry: :hammerhead: :cigar:
Texas Gulf coast, near Corpus

Working on this, started 5/2017:

Some days you're the bug, some days you're the windshield :?
User avatar
Redneck Packrat
Teardrop Master
Posts: 151
Images: 2
Joined: Mon May 22, 2017 4:33 pm
Location: Texas Gulf coast, north of Corpus

Re: Brakes for Harbor Freight Trailer

Postby nemoskull » Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:30 am

i ended up buying a 2000 lbs axle with brake mounting install for a 48 inch wide trailer.
like 129 shipped from r and p carriages on ebay. they also have the brakes for the axle there too.
Teardrop Builder
Posts: 40
Images: 2
Joined: Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:04 am


Return to Trailer and Chassis Secrets

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: sned and 4 guests