Originally Posted by thebrakeman
This is a major advantage of electric brakes compared to surge brakes. With surge brakes, there is no way to activate the trailer brakes independently (that I know of), nor can you fine-tune the relative braking from the cabin.
Yeah, but the major advantage of surge brakes is the trailer applies the brakes automatically when it is trying to outrun the TV; thus the sway is stopped before it starts. But, you can't adjust surge brakes easily for weather conditions (wet roads, icy roads, etc). Plus, they can be a bugger to maintain, at least compared to electric brakes.
Current TV:'14 F350 Lariat CrewCab, 4x4 Short Bed SRW Diesel w/ Pullrite 2700 (16K)
Current Fiver: '15 Puma 295BHSS Anniversary Edition
Past TV: '13 F150 HD Payload SCrew EB, '08 Tundra CrewMax 5.7L, '02 'Burb 5.3L, '97 Dakota 3.9L
Past Trailers: '09 Wildwood LE 27RB, '02 Palomino Yearling RL, '87 Jayco 1006dlx