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Old 06-26-2013, 09:19 AM   #11
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From what I was told it is also supposed to be hooked to the frame in case of the event the whole hitch were to brake loose of the truck...

A lot of ya buts...
A guy who was towing with a friend had this happen while towing an enclosed car trailer from RI to Carlisle, PA...this had to have been back in the 90's. Ever since talking to my friend about the experience, I always try and find something on the frame or independent of the hitch to attach to.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:22 AM   #12
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I don't do it on the safety chains themselves but in the hitch in the same place the safety chains attach too.
That is where I attach my break away cable.

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Technically you are supposed to hook the loose end of the cable to the frame of the TV to ensure it pulls when it is needed. From what I was told it is also supposed to be hooked to the frame in case of the event the whole hitch were to brake loose of the truck...
That would be the best possible scenario. That way, if you have a catastrophic hitch failure, then the brakes would still be applied to the trailer.

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I always try and find something on the frame or independent of the hitch to attach to.
I am going to look into the feasibility of doing just that.
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Old 06-26-2013, 10:31 AM   #13
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Technically you are supposed to hook the loose end of the cable to the frame of the TV to ensure it pulls when it is needed. From what I was told it is also supposed to be hooked to the frame in case of the event the whole hitch were to brake loose of the truck...
All the documentation I have ever read on the breakaway switches does state to attach the cable to the tow vehicle frame somehow. I have bought kits that included an eyebolt that you were supposed to attach/drill thru a frame member to attach the cable to if needed.

I have mine attached to a d-link on my rear step bumper. I figured even if my whole receiver hitch fell off (which I almost had happen one time as the welds broke, but it was with a real heavy tire trailer), the bumper will stay on to pull the brake switch.
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I did an quick internet search and found a couple of installation sheets for the switches/cables. Although not specific on where to attach to the frame, they do state to do that. They also state NOT to attach to the chains or ball.

http://www.activefabrications.com.au...stofit/img.pdf

http://www.warnernet.com/pdf/819-0090_P-1377.pdf

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Old 06-26-2013, 11:16 AM   #14
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This subject has been discussed at length on another RV forum and I was amazed at the number of replies/opinions/ methods and techniques were given.

I never gave much thought of where to attach the loose end of the cable before. We brought one of those "D" shaped things that has a link that is spring loaded so it can be pressed over something solid and will stay attached and attached the loose end of the cable to it. We then attach the "D" shaped thing (wish I knew the correct name of it ) to the support frame of the FW hitch assembly and are set to go or at least I thought we were.

But some people expressed concern about what would happen if the FW hitch assembly or even the pick up bed itself became unattached from the TV. Other people were concerned that the cable connection could vibrate loose and therefore become ineffective.

I read all those things and decided if the FW hitch assembly or the pick up bed is detached then I am going to have bigger problems than just having the cable not working.

Could it happen - maybe, but anything is possible and as long as I believe I am doing things in a safe manner and using the proper equipment, I'll stick with the way I'm doing it now.
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:20 PM   #15
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Thanks for everyone's input. Nice to know there are others who are ready and able to assist! Don't feel so all alone on the road. I'll check out my various options.
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Old 06-28-2013, 06:09 PM   #16
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I use one of those threaded chain links and attach the wire loop to the loop in my reciever hitch on the truck, next to the safety chain. It's independent of everything else and if anything fails and the trailer comes off the truck, it gets pulled.
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