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Old 05-20-2014, 08:41 AM   #11
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Many of us do that but you do need to make sure your brakeaway cable
is slightly shorter than your chains.
In the event of a ball/hitch failure
you NEED the brakeaway cable to pull out of the socket -before- the chains
get tight.

Never thought of that. But from the factory, mine was longer.
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Old 05-20-2014, 09:07 AM   #12
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Find a spot on the frame of your TV to attach it to.
If the receiver fails and the safety chain loops come off, it won't do you any good to have the breakaway connected there


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Old 05-20-2014, 09:14 AM   #13
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Never thought of that. But from the factory, mine was longer.
They don't know what length set up the owner will have. The safety cable adjustment is part of (Hitch Setup). Youroo!!
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When I had TT's, I used this type of breakaway line (red)...worked great!
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:00 PM   #15
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When I had TT's, I used this type of breakaway line (red)...worked great!
But will it pull the pin before the safety chains go tight???
No chains visible in the photo....
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Old 05-20-2014, 06:25 PM   #16
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When I had TT's, I used this type of breakaway line (red)...worked great!
Those will not pull before the chains get tight and I would not use unless it was shortened.
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:36 PM   #17
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The cord should be attached to something that is welded to the TV. Since my SUV chain loops are welded to the hitch, and the hitch is welded to the frame (integral part of the from), I simply use the chain. But I thought all pickups had a special loop welded to the frame just for this purpose. Usually near the hitch/coupler, but not actually attached to the receiver.

OK. I've heard different theories on this. Please don't flame me, but here has been my understanding, of the order if things should go wrong:
1. Ball shank breaks, or coupler otherwise disengages from tow vehicle.
2. Tongue is "caught" by the crossed safety chains, but everything else still intact. Trailer is squirrely, but still being pulled by the chains, and braked by the controller. Pull over as best you can, and hopefully the chains don't break. If successful, you've still saved the trailer.
3. If the chains fail, then the breakaway pin gets pulled.

If the breakaway had been pulled first (full 12volts!), the result could be broken chains from the impact load (TV still on the throttle, trailer in full braking). I would first prefer to attempt a semi-controlled stop rather than sacrifice the trailer.
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:45 PM   #18
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The way brakeman described how the breakaway cable works is how I have always read.
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The cord should be attached to something that is welded to the TV. Since my SUV chain loops are welded to the hitch, and the hitch is welded to the frame (integral part of the from), I simply use the chain. But I thought all pickups had a special loop welded to the frame just for this purpose. Usually near the hitch/coupler, but not actually attached to the receiver.

OK. I've heard different theories on this. Please don't flame me, but here has been my understanding, of the order if things should go wrong:
1. Ball shank breaks, or coupler otherwise disengages from tow vehicle.
2. Tongue is "caught" by the crossed safety chains, but everything else still intact. Trailer is squirrely, but still being pulled by the chains, and braked by the controller. Pull over as best you can, and hopefully the chains don't break. If successful, you've still saved the trailer.
3. If the chains fail, then the breakaway pin gets pulled.

If the breakaway had been pulled first (full 12volts!), the result could be broken chains from the impact load (TV still on the throttle, trailer in full braking). I would first prefer to attempt a semi-controlled stop rather than sacrifice the trailer.
This was my understanding of this too.
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Old 05-27-2014, 01:14 PM   #20
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The tech who installed my hitch said my breakaway cord was too short so he got me another cord off another TT in the lot. Now I'm concerned that what I have is too long. It is about a foot longer than the one I originally had.
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