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Old 09-19-2014, 02:42 PM   #41
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I am taking my TT in for service tomorrow and the break away switch is one of the things on my punch list to have checked. On our last trip the pin got pulled out " I think in a tight turn in the CG" but I did not notice it until I was already in my site and was getting ready to unhook. In other words the brakes did not activate.
interesting..would be nice to know what happened there.

maybe your battery is dead? or is it even hooked up
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Old 09-19-2014, 02:48 PM   #42
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Mine came from the factory threaded through the safety chain. But I still hook the loop on my truck.

I like your idea of using a chain link for the termination point.
That`s the way I`ve always done it, and used the chain link as pictured earlier hooked to the hitch.
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Old 09-19-2014, 03:00 PM   #43
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That`s the way I`ve always done it, and used the chain link as pictured earlier hooked to the hitch.
The only reason we hear from time-to-time about not hooking the e-brake cable to the TV receiver hitch, is that in the extreme event that the receiver hitch is pulled away from the TV the E-brake would not activate.

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Old 09-19-2014, 03:31 PM   #44
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The only reason we hear from time-to-time about not hooking the e-brake cable to the TV receiver hitch, is that in the extreme event that the receiver hitch is pulled away from the TV the E-brake would not activate.

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yes this is definitely the best way . Unfortunately I would have to have a creeper to go under to find something on mine to attach to.

I always wondered whether it is a positive or negative effect anyway with so many roadways being divided.

Trailer unhooks and instead of careening into the ditch it slams on its brakes and with traffic right behind and likely spins out of control
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The only reason we hear from time-to-time about not hooking the e-brake cable to the TV receiver hitch, is that in the extreme event that the receiver hitch is pulled away from the TV the E-brake would not activate.

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Yikes! That would be bad.....
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Trailer unhooks and instead of careening into the ditch it slams on its brakes and with traffic right behind and likely spins out of control
The theory is that the brake sets, and the chains still being attached to the TV, the trailer stops dead in its tracks. In reality I don't know if that's what really happens.
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The theory is that the brake sets, and the chains still being attached to the TV, the trailer stops dead in its tracks. In reality I don't know if that's what really happens.
don't believe so. How would the pin get pulled?
plus my umbilical would still be attached giving me brake control.


this is from the E-trailer site
Breakaway kits are designed to bring trailers safely to a stop by activating the electric brakes should a trailer disconnect from the tow vehicle during transit. Ideally, the safety chains will prevent a trailer from disconnecting if the coupler comes off the ball. However, if the safety chains fail, the breakaway kit acts as a last line of defense against a runaway trailer. This type of safety system is required in most states for trailers weighing more than 3,000 lbs
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thanks nb for taking the time to take the photo and posting it...I understand now what was explained...
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interesting..would be nice to know what happened there.

maybe your battery is dead? or is it even hooked up

Battery fully charged power jack worked fine. I will update after i get it back from dealer.
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I also use the chain link to hook the e-brake to the same place my safety chains are hooked on my reese hitch. I have been doing that for over 30 years with no problems. I must also say I have never had a trailer get loose and I have also never really tested the break away function. I guess we should pull it out sometime and try to move the unit hooked up and see what happens. Fortunately, never needed it. Have switched to 5th wheeler after all these years so need to do some rethinking here! Still works the same way so can still pull the safety link out and test the brakes.
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