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Old 06-25-2013, 09:26 PM   #1
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Brake hook-up wire

My title shows my ignorance. When hooking the chains to your tow vehicle, one chain has the brake break-away cable attached. While setting up my RV, I broke this cable. Son-in-law says it is a must to fix. There was a plastic piece that attached it to the RV frame. This piece broke. Any way of rigging it, or do I need to get it properly replaced? We are camping at this time. Any ideas would be appreciated!
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:42 PM   #2
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do you mean the plastic piece that is inserted into the box? if so yes that needs to be replaced because your trailer brakes are on. if it is broken off and some remains in that box your ok but your break away device is not working
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:47 PM   #3
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Yes, it is that plastic piece. Is it pretty much universal?
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:50 PM   #4
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I believe so, any rv stores around? plastic piece holds 2 cilps away from each other when pulled they touch and complete the circuit
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:58 PM   #5
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Thank you for that explanation. I was clueless about its purpose. I found a few places on-line I'll call in morning. Not sure of their capacity of inventory. Thank you for the info!
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if the brakes are on it might damage the electro-magnets in your brakes, maybe disconnect a wire at your box for now. if piece is broken inside I think you should be ok.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:13 AM   #7
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When hooking the chains to your tow vehicle, one chain has the brake break-away cable attached.
Not so sure that it is a good idea to attach the cable to the chain. Never heard of that before.
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:19 AM   #8
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Not so sure that it is a good idea to attach the cable to the chain. Never heard of that before.
Out of curiosity where do you guys attach the break away too? I don't do it on the safety chains themselves but in the hitch in the same place the safety chains attach too. I have heard of some people putting it around the ball then attaching the coupler.
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theoretically the brake away cable is supposed to be completely independent of the safety chain and mount to something other than the hitch... The reasoning being is the brakes are supposed to be energized if the ball were to ever pull out of the hitch or of if the coupler came off the ball. If the cable was looped around the ball and the ball pulled out of the receiver you wouldn't trigger the brake away brakes...

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...

A lot of ya buts...
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:55 AM   #10
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MtnGuy, thanks for your input. The cable is looped onto one of the hooks at the end of the chain, that hooks onto the tv.
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