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Old 09-09-2012, 09:23 AM   #11
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Just an additional note I have also seen many people have their break-away switch cable attached to one of the safety chains. This makes the break-away system almost useless. The cable should be attached to a part of the TV that is not part of the detachable portion of the hitch system.
What do you connect that break away cable to? I haven't found anything I can really connect it to other then on a ring next to the chain, which I know is wrong. ( even though the dealer told me to put it there) I have a GMC Seirra, any ideas are welcome.
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:29 AM   #12
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What do you connect that break away cable to?
I attach it through the same bracket that the chain hooks to. NOT the chain itself, but the loop that is part of the frame receiver which is permanently attached to the TV.
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On many trailers, the chains are attached at the same point, so crossing them really offers little benefit other than keeping some over-zealous cop on a bad day from writing you a ticket.
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:08 PM   #14
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I used a heavy duty carabeaner and attatched it at a point above and to the right of the holes for the safety chains. Crossing your chains gives that hitch a place to "sit" if the hitch does fall.
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:41 PM   #15
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I like the idea of the carabiner. It probably doesn't need to be that heavy duty, since the break away switch isn't that hard to pull on to get it to come out. I have a couple laying around I'll have to find one that fits. Good idea, thanks.
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Old 09-09-2012, 04:49 PM   #16
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This is where I attach my break-away cable......;



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Attached is an image of the hitch assembly as it was fitted to my TV by the dealer the day I took delivery. Note that the chains were not crossed. I asked about this arrangement and the tech advised it is best to attach the chains as they were. When I had time to review the hookup I could see if the hitch failed, it would drop down into the chains and be supported by the spring arms.

The break away cable is threaded through the links of the outside chain, back through the hookup on the TV and attached to itself with a quick link.

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Old 09-09-2012, 06:43 PM   #18
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I have our chains crossed, always have and always will have them crossed. In California they are required to be crossed, CHP told me so but I already had them crossed when he was talking to me in the rest area so I was ok.
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In PA it is the law.
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From the Pennsylvania Vehicle Codes for your reading enjoyment and education, or... for those who were unaware or don't believe there ever was such a law (in Pennsylvania):


4905. Safety requirements for towed vehicles.

NOTE--- Items (a), (b), (c), (e) and (f) have been omitted.

(d) Safety chains.--Whenever two vehicles are connected by a ball-and-socket type hitch, or pintle hook without a locking device, they shall also be connected by two safety chains of equal length, each safety chain having an ultimate strength at least equal to the gross weight of the towed vehicles. The safety chains shall be crossed and connected to the towed and towing vehicle and to the tow bar so as to prevent the tow bar from dropping to the ground in the event the tow bar fails or becomes disconnected. The safety chains shall have no more slack than is necessary to permit proper turning.
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Its the law in California as well.
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