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Old 09-25-2012, 09:10 AM   #31
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I have 2 large cable ties attached around my tongue frame, to "guide" the break-away cable past the WDH hardware. Then it is a straight shot to the receiver hitch.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:54 AM   #32
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This is debatable and there are different thoughts...
My opinion is this-- IF the trailer comes off the ball and the chains
do hold, I want the breakaway cable to pull out.
The reason is I now have a loose trailer back there that is going to
run into the back of my truck as soon as I hit my brakes- even if the
trailer brakes are still plugged into the 7 pin trailer plug.
Also my brake controller says it can be fried if the emergency brakes
are activated while the controller is plugged in.
This means maybe I won't have brake controller function even if I'm
still plugged in.

I try to have my emergency brake cable shorter than my chains so
it will activate any time the hitch comes off the ball.

Very good point. If the trailer is attached via chains, it will be still be very dangerous.
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Old 09-25-2012, 11:58 AM   #33
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Also something to think about is if you have a trailer battery shut off that has killed the trailer battery while you tow, unless your breakaway switch is wired directly to the battery, you will NOT have emergency trailer brakes.

Glad to see you bring this up. A very important point.
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Old 09-25-2012, 12:22 PM   #34
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The only case I can see is when the tip of the hook breaks, then your breakaway line will not do any good since its part of the loose chains. But most of the times, the hook is stronger and ticker than any part of chains.
That is my thinking as well. I do hook it to the TV, I just use the same hook as my chains. I don't see how there could be a problem, but hey whatever keep a person in their comfort zone.

I do agree that weaving it through the chain is probably not a good idea. The added friction in the cable could cause the cable to break before pulling the pin out of the breakaway controller.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:29 PM   #35
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That is my thinking as well. I do hook it to the TV, I just use the same hook as my chains. I don't see how there could be a problem, but hey whatever keep a person in their comfort zone.

I do agree that weaving it through the chain is probably not a good idea. The added friction in the cable could cause the cable to break before pulling the pin out of the breakaway controller.

So the breakaway line goes with the same direction of the chain (assuming you are crossing the chain) or it meet the other hook from the opposite side (going straight out)?
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:06 PM   #36
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So the breakaway line goes with the same direction of the chain (assuming you are crossing the chain) or it meet the other hook from the opposite side (going straight out)?
I really don't think it matters which hook I would hook it to. I like using the chain hook so when I unchain the TT, I unhook the breakaway cable as well.
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:14 PM   #37
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I really don't think it matters which hook I would hook it to. I like using the chain hook so when I unchain the TT, I unhook the breakaway cable as well.
I attach mine to the hook on the same side as the break-away switch. Less chance of getting tangled up with something else.
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:15 PM   #38
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I attach mine to the hook on the same side as the break-away switch. Less chance of getting tangled up with something else.
Got it.
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My dealer recommended that the cable be attached directly to the TV frame and not attached to the chains. The chain will break at the weakest point. If for some reason the hook was damage or not a strong as the chain you would not have breaks on the trailer if you did disconnect from the ball. It is used as a second form of defense. Each his own but i will still attach mine to the TV frame. My cable is shorter then the safety chains. The safety chains do not touch the ground.
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