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When it comes to towing a trailer, safety should always be your top priority. This is especially true when it comes to braking systems. In New Zealand, there are a few different types of braking systems available for light trailers, including electric brakes, hydraulic brakes, and mechanical override brakes. In this blog post, we'll focus on the benefits of mechanical override brakes and why they might be the right choice for your trailer.
Mechanical override brakes are a type of trailer braking system that uses a cable or rod to connect the trailer's brake pedal to the trailer's brake mechanism. When you apply the brakes in your tow vehicle, the force is transferred through the cable or rod to the trailer's brakes, which apply pressure to the trailer's wheels to slow down or stop the trailer.
One of the biggest benefits of mechanical override brakes is their simplicity. They don't require any electrical connections or hydraulic lines, which means there are fewer components to install and maintain. This makes them a great choice for trailers that are used infrequently or for trailers that are used in harsh environments where electrical or hydraulic systems may be more prone to failure.
Mechanical override brakes are also very reliable. They don't rely on electrical connections or hydraulic lines, which means they are less prone to failure. They also don't require any maintenance beyond occasional lubrication of the cable or rod that connects the brake pedal to the trailer's brakes. This makes them a great choice for trailers that are used in remote areas or for trailers that are used on rough roads.
Another benefit of mechanical override brakes is their cost. They are generally less expensive to install and maintain than electric or hydraulic braking systems. This can make them a great choice for budget-conscious trailer owners.
Finally, mechanical override brakes are compatible with a wide range of tow vehicles. They don't require any special wiring or brake controllers, which means they can be used with just about any tow vehicle that has a brake pedal.
If you're looking for a reliable, simple, and cost-effective braking system for your light trailer in New Zealand, mechanical override brakes are a great option to consider. They are easy to install and maintain, and they are compatible with a wide range of tow vehicles. While they may not offer the same level of braking performance as electric or hydraulic systems, they are still a safe and effective choice for many trailer owners. Be sure to consult with a qualified mechanic or trailer specialist to determine the best braking system for your specific trailer and towing needs.