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Old 06-29-2016, 04:03 AM   #1
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So, it looks like one of the neighborhood kids dislodged my brake cable (roaming basketball, soccer ball???) Can anyone upload a picture as to where/what it's supposed to attach to under the trailer?

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Somehow mine was ripped while traveling. I replaced it with this one recommended by George. I snipped the ripped wire off, leaving the attached loop. Then I connected the key-ring side of the new cable to the loop.






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Thank you Michelle!
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I'm not sure if it's proper, but the cable from the break away switch was threaded thru the chain links by the dealer. The cable is much longer than the chain so seem like unless the chain brakes, the break away switch would never activate to apply the camper brakes.

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Mine was set up that way too. Good point!
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I'm not sure if it's proper, but the cable from the break away switch was threaded thru the chain links by the dealer. The cable is much longer than the chain so seem like unless the chain brakes, the break away switch would never activate to apply the camper brakes.

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That's correct. If the chain doesn't break or come disconnected from the tow vehicle you don't want the trailer brakes applied. You can do that with the brake pedal or the controller switch as the power cord would still be connected. It's when the trailer becomes separated from the tow vehicle that the trailer brakes should be applied.
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That's correct. If the chain doesn't break or come disconnected from the tow vehicle you don't want the trailer brakes applied. You can do that with the brake pedal or the controller switch as the power cord would still be connected. It's when the trailer becomes separated from the tow vehicle that the trailer brakes should be applied.

Of course that is correct. Apparently I was having a "senior moment"
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The chances of the safety chains breaking or (both) coming loose, I believe, are slim compared to the chances of a hitch failure. At least with only a 2000# trailer.
I set up my break-away cable to be slightly shorter than the safety chains. If the hitch comes away from the ball I would like for the brakes to apply on the trailer. I don't believe the chains would give way and a suddenly loose but still attached trailer would be a hand full.
Hopefully, in the event of such a emergency, the trailer brakes would apply whether the safety chains are still attached or not. I really believe it's the only chance of maintaining control.
Removing a hand from the wheel to apply the trailer brakes and/or stepping on the TV brakes would be shortening my odds of coming to a safe, controlled stop. In fact I would be more likely to step into the throttle since my TV far out weighs my trailer.
That's just my opinion.
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On my FF, the breakaway plugs into the switch which is mounted under the right side A-frame ( under where the propane tanks are )

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Good article here:
Survival School: Preventing Trailer Accidents

As noted in the section under break-awaybrakes:The other major failure associated with this vital safety component involves drivers who don't know how to string the break-away "rip cord." It should be run through an opening on the hitch such as a chain hole, then back to the trailer or to a portion of the chain - long enough to allow the combination to turn without pulling the cable from the actuator, but short enough to pull free from the actuator if the trailer uncouples and the chains pull taught.


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Safety chains, in combination with a proper break-away braking system, will generally keep your trailer in-line behind your tow vehicle and allow you to come to a controlled stop without your trailer flipping over or becoming a deadly missile let loose on the highway. That's not to say that that it won't be a bit unnerving when the trailer comes loose and jerks the chains taught, however if you come to a controlled stop (as opposed to jamming the brakes and getting rear-ended by the trailer) you can usually resolve this emergency with little or no damage to the trailer, your vehicle, and to anyone else on the highway.

My guess is I would need a restroom break.......
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