Why is this emergency breakaway switch not working?
Slightly on topic. I learned this one the hard way.
I was parked on pretty good incline last summer. Nothing extreme but I was a little uncomfortable with the slop. I used X chocks and blocked the tires. Then I decided for an extra security measure, to pull the pin on the break away brakes.
This is a 'no-no'. Turns out the brakes draw more juice than the charger provides. After about 2 or 3 days I noticed the fridge and lights etc... wouldn't work without the generator running. I assumed the battery was shot so I replaced it. After a few more days, it started doing the same thing. When it came time to leave, I couldn't move the slides or the landing gear. Since it was already dark, I decided to stay an extra night and mess with it in the day light.
About 2 am, it hit me that it could be the brakes so I got up and put the pin back in. When I got up in the morning, everything worked great.
Lesson learned and all it cost me was $140 for a battery and about $50 extra worth of gas because I had to run the generator 24/7.