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Old 11-23-2014, 12:12 PM   #11
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We were defiantly situation #2. 7 pin connector was hooked up and we had turn signals. Battery to the camper was not hooked up. Now I know it must be hooked up for the breakaway connector to work. We should be fine once the flat "key" is replaced for the trip home. And yes, that is a cruise ship in my photo. We are right next to Port Canaveral and have cruise ships docked behind us. Thanks everyone.


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Old 11-23-2014, 12:25 PM   #12
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We were defiantly situation #2. 7 pin connector was hooked up and we had turn signals. Battery to the camper was not hooked up. Now I know it must be hooked up for the breakaway connector to work. We should be fine once the flat "key" is replaced for the trip home. And yes, that is a cruise ship in my photo. We are right next to Port Canaveral and have cruise ships docked behind us. Thanks everyone.


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K1050, I sent you a PM earlier this morning. Just to be sure of something, do you currently have a battery in your RV hooked up, along with the pin removed to the breakaway switch?

If so, then the breakaway switch is constantly being energized (as well as your trailer brakes) from the RV battery and will most likely melt/burn up something (if not already).
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Old 11-23-2014, 02:38 PM   #13
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So do you know disconnected the battery? Probably the same person pulled the breakaway cable for some unknown reason. That's the reason you felt no dragging. You also had no electric braking or an operative electric braking system as required by law.

As Flybob states - if your RV is equipped with electric brakes,it must also have an operative battery and breakaway cable hookup to be legal.
Hello B47 - Actually if you read post 11, he would have had service brakes during his drive but would not have had any breakaway braking without a battery installed in the trailer. I might have misinterpreted your post of no electric braking.
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Old 11-23-2014, 02:45 PM   #14
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Hello B47 - Actually if you read post 11, he would have had service brakes during his drive but would not have had any breakaway braking without a battery installed in the trailer. I might have misinterpreted your post of no electric braking.
Yes you're correct. I was only referring to her ( female in sig line ) breakaway system being inoperative without a battery installed in the RV.

I probably should have narrowed my reply to indicate such.
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Good for you, K1050 for seeking out info on this. The vast majority of us will never need that switch, but everyone is safer because people try to learn and practice precautions. Here are a few things that might help you. Most of which you probably already know.

The brakes must be used while towing through a controller in your TV.

The brakes must be capable of slowing the camper if it breaks fully away from your TV. That requires a 12V connection on the camper to the breakaway switch. That is, a connection to the camper battery.

If you want to disconnect the camper battery from the camper electrical system when towing, you must mod the wiring. The ground wire must always be connected to the battery. The switch is connected to the hot side wire under the front left, or service side, of the trailer frame, so the mod is to cut the switch wire and splice a new connection straight to the positive terminal.
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