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Methods and apparatuses for a trailer braking system for use with a fifth wheel hitch, a gooseneck hitch, or the like. A braking system for a trailer pulled by a tow vehicle includes an arm member extending downward from and pivotally connected to an upper portion of the trailer and a surge brake actuator connected to the upper portion of the trailer that is configured to control braking of wheels of the trailer. When the tow vehicle decelerates, inertial force caused by forward momentum of the trailer pivots the arm member such that force is exerted on the surge brake actuator to actuate the brakes of the trailer.