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Old 06-25-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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Trailer breakaway switch

While unhitching my new V-Lite, the trailer breakaway switch was tangled in the chain and I inadvertently pulled the pin out without knowing it. A couple of weeks later I saw the pin on the ground and tried to put it back in. I found the switch was red hot and even melted. I have never had this happen before. Has anybody else had this type of problem? I found one on line and they are fairly inexpensive but I am concerned I may have messed up something else. Anybody else replaced on of these?

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Old 06-25-2013, 10:02 PM   #2
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If the switch has been closed for "a couple weeks," you've basically been discharging your battery through your brakes. I'm guessing your battery's dead (unless the switch melting opened the contacts early on) and don't know about the solenoids for your brakes. I suspect they're not designed for long-term energization.

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Old 06-25-2013, 10:08 PM   #3
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sound like you were plugged into shore power to keep the switch energized for a couple weeks. If that is the case them you most likely have burnt the magnets out. If it were me I would have the brakes checked out by your dealer. The brakes are not meant to be energized for such a long time.
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