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Old 08-14-2015, 07:33 PM   #1
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Question Attaching Break-away switch to TV

I tow an A frame with a Chrysler Town N Country van. Used to tow a popup.
In each case the delivery hookup folks wove the break away cable through the tow chain/clip rather than attaching it directly to the vehicle. As I get older, I start looking closer at things I guess. I don't see where the weave through the chain would do any good to break the camper in an accident. Where should it go on the TV ? How would you attach the loop? The breakaway cable has a loop at the TV end, no clip.
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:59 PM   #2
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None of my mew trailers have ever came with a hook. I had to always supply my own Carabiner. PS. I would think that the cable snaked through the safety chains wouldn't be as safe as having its own clip.
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Old 08-14-2015, 08:02 PM   #3
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I feel the same way about the chain, but have been towing this way for years, very frustrating to have missed this safety issue. I wondered if a carabiner would give way before the cable would actually pull out the switch.
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I asked my dealer why he wove the cable partially thru the chain and the answer was: " To take up some slack and keep it from dragging and getting caught. I connect my cable to the TV hitch using safety chain hole.
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Old 08-14-2015, 08:12 PM   #5
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The carabiner should work fine. I had to replace my cable (for the umpteenth time) and picked up one of these:

Fastway 4' Zip Trailer Breakaway Coiled Replacement Cable
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Manufacturer's Number: 80-01-2140
$9.79
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I use an inexpensive carabiner. However it's connected, the cable has to be pulled out of the brake box if the trailer detaches from the TV.
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I asked my dealer why he wove the cable partially thru the chain and the answer was: " To take up some slack and keep it from dragging and getting caught. I connect my cable to the TV hitch using safety chain hole.
I understand the chain helps to avoid drag, but I don't have a hole on the TV Reese hitch area for it. I do have the steel loops on the Reese that the chains hook on to and I could put the carabiner through one of those.
Where did you buy this:
Fastway 4' Zip Trailer Breakaway Coiled Replacement Cable
I thank you Deartruc as I do want to be sure it pulls out of the switch in an accident. I have a carabiner and will go that route. Willl weave partially through chain to avoid drag, check for enough slack, then to hook with carabiner.
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If you don't want to weave trough chain, you can loop through the safety chain attachment loop a few times. Don't make it too short or it will pull out on a sharp turn.
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I had to buy it from the dealer (for the wonderful upcharge of 100%) on the way out on our 7/4 voyage. Online was where I pulled that from.

Fastway 4' Zip Trailer Breakaway Coiled Replacement Cable - $9.79..
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Found it on Amazon for $13.94, may be wise to have an extra and I do like the coil design. Will measure for 4 ft length tomorrow, thanks.
Now, if the brakes trip when changing out a cable, is there anything else to do once you plug in the new cable that will release the brakes, or does just putting in the new plug release them?
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