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Old 09-18-2014, 06:20 PM   #21
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I will post a pic in the morning. Pitch black out now. I put it through the coupler and before I clasp it I lay my break away cord and power cord on top and then clasp it closed. That way I know I have the coupler locked or my cables would be dragging on the ground which I would never let happen.
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:28 PM   #22
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Just out of curiousity for the worry-warts out there, do you do a walk through before you leave each day? I am a worrier too, this is why I go through the following checklist...

Every morning before we leave I turn the truck on to get fluids up to temp and turn the lights and hazard lights on. We walk around and physically check everything. We start at the hitch on drivers side;
coupler down and locked
wire harness attached and clipped in
brake cable clipped
equalizer bracket pins on the head ok
equalizer bracket pins on the a-frame ok
stab jacks up
all front lights on
all side lights on
water disconnected, electric disconnected, sewer valves closed and cap on
rear lights on, brake/turn flashers illuminating
awning up and clipped closed
door locked and steps locked in place
windows locked
passenger side equalizer pins clipped at head and a-frame.

Every morning, every trip. It takes 2 minutes to walk around and physically check everything. That has me satisfied that the engine oil is up to temp before towing and everything physically is checked. Tire pressure I try to check every day we drive... sometimes I get lazy. The new trailer will have TPMS.
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Old 09-19-2014, 07:11 AM   #23
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Just out of curiousity for the worry-warts out there, do you do a walk through before you leave each day? I am a worrier too, this is why I go through the following checklist...

Every morning before we leave I turn the truck on to get fluids up to temp and turn the lights and hazard lights on. We walk around and physically check everything. We start at the hitch on drivers side;
coupler down and locked
wire harness attached and clipped in
brake cable clipped
equalizer bracket pins on the head ok
equalizer bracket pins on the a-frame ok
stab jacks up
all front lights on
all side lights on
water disconnected, electric disconnected, sewer valves closed and cap on
rear lights on, brake/turn flashers illuminating
awning up and clipped closed
door locked and steps locked in place
windows locked
passenger side equalizer pins clipped at head and a-frame.

Every morning, every trip. It takes 2 minutes to walk around and physically check everything. That has me satisfied that the engine oil is up to temp before towing and everything physically is checked. Tire pressure I try to check every day we drive... sometimes I get lazy. The new trailer will have TPMS.

Not only do I do this before we leave in the morning, I do it at every stop during the trip too, especially if the TT has been out of sight. You never know what may have come loose during the trip (rear bumper caps are notorious) or if someone thought it would be "funny" to mess with your rig while you weren't looking.
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Old 09-19-2014, 08:49 AM   #24
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This is what I do when hooking up. That way I know for certain the coupler is secure because if it wasn't my break away and umbilical cord wouldn't be either. Too many things to miss

plus it keeps them safe and secure.

edit: I have noticed from a few pics on here and many I have seen in person that some people thread their break away cable through their safety chains.

I hope these people are still using a thread link to attach the cable to the tv directly. I would imagine some people are attaching the break away to one of the links of the safety chain which is horribly wrong.

even still I don't like the threaded way of doing it in case it gets caught and doesn't pull out the pin to engage the brakes if you lose the trailer. IMO it should be all by itself
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Old 09-19-2014, 10:20 AM   #25
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IMO it should be all by itself
I agree 100%. I coil mine up in a large loop to keep it from draging and rest it on the torsion bars. This way if it were to come apart, the pin would actually get pulled and engage the trailer brakes.

Just thinking out loud, but does anyone ever test the brake away brakes? I never have, but next time I hook up I think I will...
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Just out of curiousity for the worry-warts out there, do you do a walk through before you leave each day? I am a worrier too, this is why I go through the following checklist...

Every morning before we leave I turn the truck on to get fluids up to temp and turn the lights and hazard lights on. We walk around and physically check everything. We start at the hitch on drivers side;
coupler down and locked
wire harness attached and clipped in
brake cable clipped
equalizer bracket pins on the head ok
equalizer bracket pins on the a-frame ok
stab jacks up
all front lights on
all side lights on
water disconnected, electric disconnected, sewer valves closed and cap on
rear lights on, brake/turn flashers illuminating
awning up and clipped closed
door locked and steps locked in place
windows locked
passenger side equalizer pins clipped at head and a-frame.

Every morning, every trip. It takes 2 minutes to walk around and physically check everything. That has me satisfied that the engine oil is up to temp before towing and everything physically is checked. Tire pressure I try to check every day we drive... sometimes I get lazy. The new trailer will have TPMS.
Yup, I use a list, I check it, and DW checks it, AT LEAST once before we leave the driveway, and during each and every stop, when we stop, and again before we get going again. All that and I will STILL pull over and look after we've left somewhere. This is what is going to get me committed to the institution; all that checking and double checking, and I will STILL stop and check again.
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Last step to every departure checklist should always be get out and walk around looking at everything without any distractions. If anything distracts you, back up a bit and start over.

Sometimes things need to be a little further away to be really noticeably wrong.

I can still recall out first trip, packed up, on the road, and then trying to clearly remember that pin. It was there but I was only 90% certain which was not enough. Got Out And Looked (GOAL) first opportunity. It was there, but I was much less anxious.
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edit: I have noticed from a few pics on here and many I have seen in person that some people thread their break away cable through their safety chains.

I hope these people are still using a thread link to attach the cable to the tv directly. I would imagine some people are attaching the break away to one of the links of the safety chain which is horribly wrong.

even still I don't like the threaded way of doing it in case it gets caught and doesn't pull out the pin to engage the brakes if you lose the trailer. IMO it should be all by itself
I'm one of those that has the breakaway cable threaded through the safety chain, through the chain attachment point on the receiver, and then fastened to the safety chain hook. The dealer set it up that way when we picked up the TT and I assumed it was safe - sounds like it was a bad assumption, and if I've created a safety issue it was definitely unintentional.

That said, if there was an issue, wouldn't the tension on the chains, even if the cable did get caught, be enough to pull the pin?

Regardless, I'm going to change my setup before heading out this afternoon, just have to find a good attachment point on the TV.
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Thanks nb, now I've seen the pic, I get it.
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I'm one of those that has the breakaway cable threaded through the safety chain, through the chain attachment point on the receiver, and then fastened to the safety chain hook. The dealer set it up that way when we picked up the TT and I assumed it was safe - sounds like it was a bad assumption, and if I've created a safety issue it was definitely unintentional.

That said, if there was an issue, wouldn't the tension on the chains, even if the cable did get caught, be enough to pull the pin?

Regardless, I'm going to change my setup before heading out this afternoon, just have to find a good attachment point on the TV.
it is no good attached to the safety chain. The intention is if you get complete separation from the TV the brakes engage. Complete separation means your chains are off as well. Which means your break away switch is still engaged.

Attach it to the receiver right beside the safety chain that way it will always be hooked to the TV and it will yank the pin guaranteed


on edit: I reread your post and it sounds like you are going through the vehicles hitch first then attaching it to the chain so you are likely good to go. I still prefer it all on its own. I just use a threaded chain link to attach it right to the hole on the trucks receiver.

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