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Old 05-31-2015, 02:24 PM   #11
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I'm not positive, but I think the emergency brake switch is wired directly to the battery & not through the battery disconnect.

At least I hope so, as we normally travel with the battery disconnect pulled as a way to remove power from the power awning circuitry. According to the manual, the awning is supposed to have an auto disconnect whenever the 7-pin connector is plugged in but the dealer said they don't install that anymore & to just pull the battery disconnect or the fuse for the awning.

Why do you dis connect the awning?
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Old 05-31-2015, 03:13 PM   #12
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Thanks racer4 and wmtire for your help and insight. Was able to get the pin pushed back in. The housing does not look melted or messed up. Will have to wait for better weather to hook up and check to see if all works well. I did have the battery disconnect pulled when it happened so hopefully no damage.
I will go mind to check the brakes, and it worked quite well. My trailer tires slid nice on the grass, LOL! When I was reinstalling the pin it took quite a bit of pressure. This is what you want, you don't want it so loose that it might fall out accidentally. It is designed to take the pressure of your trailer disconnecting from your tow vehicle. You don't want to lose so the vibration going down the road would cause it to come out.

It's easy enough to check and make sure everything is still working right. Hook up your trailer and take it down the driveway a little bit. Watch the trailer will make sure they turn. Then pull the pin out and try to move the trailer. Watch the wheels, they should not turn.

If everything works fine put it back together and don't worry about it.

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Old 05-31-2015, 04:49 PM   #13
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I will go mind to check the brakes, and it worked quite well. My trailer tires slid nice on the grass, LOL! When I was reinstalling the pin it took quite a bit of pressure. This is what you want, you don't want it so loose that it might fall out accidentally. It is designed to take the pressure of your trailer disconnecting from your tow vehicle. You don't want to lose so the vibration going down the road would cause it to come out.

It's easy enough to check and make sure everything is still working right. Hook up your trailer and take it down the driveway a little bit. Watch the trailer will make sure they turn. Then pull the pin out and try to move the trailer. Watch the wheels, they should not turn.

If everything works fine put it back together and don't worry about it.

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If anyone does check the emergency breakaway switch, please remember to disconnect the 7 pin from your tow vehicle first. We have had several discussions on this, and depending on what brake controller you have, it can be damaged from the 12 volts from your trailer battery backfeeding the brake controller in your tow vehicle.

Here is a Tekonsha Voyager brake controller pdf. You can read # 3 under "Important Facts to Remember" that states to unhook trailer plug from tow vehicle before testing breakaway or you may destroy the brake controller

http://www.tekonsha.com/support/installation/N9030.pdf
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Old 06-06-2015, 06:25 PM   #14
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Why do you dis connect the awning?
Just as a safety precaution I guess. Awning manufacturer thought it important at one time too as the awning manual states the awning should not work whenever the 7-pin connector is mated to the TV.

With power applied to the electric awning circuits while driving, a short circuit (perhaps due to vibration or water) could cause the awning to activate & possibly unfurl during travel. Of course, an awning lock would help prevent the awning from unfurling but then the awning motor would likely burn up.

For now, I just pull my battery disconnect & that disables the awning during travel but it also makes running the fridge a no-go. Figure when I need to run the fridge while traveling I will pull the fuse for the awning...that is unless I decide to add a separate awning disconnect method beforehand.

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For now, I just pull my battery disconnect & that disables the awning during travel but it also makes running the fridge a no-go. Figure when I need to run the fridge while traveling I will pull the fuse for the awning...that is unless I decide to add a separate awning disconnect method beforehand.

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then your brakeaway is not powered and if your trailer becomes disconnected their is now way for it to stop and it might hit another car if it travels far
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then your brakeaway is not powered and if your trailer becomes disconnected their is now way for it to stop and it might hit another car if it travels far
My battery disconnect is factory installed and it's my understanding that the break-away switch is supposed to be wired directly to the battery & doesn't go through the factory installed battery disconnect on my Wildcat.

I'll have to verify that the next time I do my functionality test of the break-away switch.
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My wildcat brakeaway is wired to the battery by way of a terminal strip. Disconnect the battery and the terminal strip is not powered and no brakeaway available
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My wildcat brakeaway is wired to the battery by way of a terminal strip. Disconnect the battery and the terminal strip is not powered and no brakeaway available
Hmmm...my battery disconnect is mounted on the 'control center' inside the basement compartment & supposedly only disconnects everything on the inside of the 5'er from the battery. With the battery disconnect pulled everything on the outside connected to the battery still works...awning, landing gear, slides & hopefully the break-away switch.
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My battery disconnect is factory installed and it's my understanding that the break-away switch is supposed to be wired directly to the battery & doesn't go through the factory installed battery disconnect on my Wildcat.

I'll have to verify that the next time I do my functionality test of the break-away switch.
If you are that concerned just pull the awning fuse. It should be easy to get to.


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