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Old 05-24-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
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Breakaway switch

Love all the info on this site. Hope someone can help me. We have an '06 Grand Surveyor gs272. Went out for the first time last week and everything went well. While getting ready to leave and get hooked up I accidently pulled the pin on the breakaway switch. It was only out for about 30 seconds and I thought everything would be OK. We started to leave the CG and I checked to see if the TT brakes were working. No brakes. Cleaned all connections. Still no brakes. Is there something that needs to be reset or checked out. There seems to be a slight humming noise coming from the brakes when I actuate the brake controller. Any suggestions?
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Old 05-24-2009, 10:11 PM   #2
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You have to reinstall pin in switch or brakes will stay on as long as there is power to them. Are you sure pin is installed correctly?
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:10 AM   #3
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If you had your brake controller connected you may have fried it. Some brake controllers can't handle the backfeed from the battery if the breakaway switch gets pulled while they're hooked up. You might get lucky and just have blown a fuse.
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:41 AM   #4
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What Bama said!!
That's why I always plug in my tail lights plug LAST when I'm hitching and unplug
it FIRST when I'm un-hitching.
If I accidentally pull out the emergency break away cable, I don't want to fry
my brake controller.
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:36 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I checked the brake controller and it is still putting out current at the receptical on the TV. I'm wondering, does the TT need to be moving for the brakes to actuate? Going to take it out for a short drive tomorrow after the holiday traffic clears to see if anything happens.
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:04 PM   #6
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Brakes should work in your driveway.
No need for a drive IMO.
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:46 PM   #7
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The way electric brakes work is the magnet gets pulled against the drum. then it in turn pulls the lever that the magnet is attached to. so while the brake controller will engage the magnet while sitting still they won`t actually start to stop the trailer unless it is rolling! either way depending on your brake controller, you may have fried it.
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