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Old 05-20-2013, 09:24 PM   #1
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New Trailer - Fried Emergency Brake Box

I just purchased a 2013 Rockwood Roo 183. I had a great time at the camp sites and when I got home I tried unhooking the emergency brake pin so that I may unhitch the trailer and park it until next long weekend. Sadly I could not pull the cable out. Upon close inspection I realized that the box where the pin connects is warped and partially melted. Looks like something inside fried. At this point, I loop hooked the wire to the hitch so I can't disconnect from the trailer unless I disassemble the entire box or physically cut the tear away cable. I decided to stay hooked on and take it into the dealership. My only main concern is that they will just replace it and send me on my way. This worries me because I do not want to have this kind of problem on the way to my next trip so I like to find the problem and make sure it gets fixed at the root. Help me out fellow trailer owners. What is going on here? This is a brand new trailer that just left the dealership 1 week ago.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:28 PM   #2
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How about a picture, don't understand how you hooked the cable that it can't be unhooked.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:28 PM   #3
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Do you have pictures? I'm confused by your need to unhook the emergency break pin.. I always did that hooking and unhooking at the truck-side (and with a loop to my chains clips or its own spring clip- nothing electrical at this end), not the little box at the camper.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:30 PM   #4
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I tried unhooking the emergency brake pin so that I may unhitch the trailer and park it until next long weekend. Sadly I could not pull the cable out. Upon close inspection I realized that the box where the pin connects is warped and partially melted. Looks like something inside fried. At this point, I loop hooked the wire to the hitch so I can't disconnect from the trailer unless I disassemble the entire box or physically cut the tear away cable. I decided to stay hooked on and take it into the dealership. My only main concern is that they will just replace it and send me on my way. This worries me because I do not want to have this kind of problem on the way to my next trip so I like to find the problem and make sure it gets fixed at the root. Help me out fellow trailer owners. What is going on here? This is a brand new trailer that just left the dealership 1 week ago.
Not sure if I am following you correct. It may just be your terminology. Are you saying that the pin in your emergency breakaway switch (has a single piece of small cable) is stuck? If so, then why couldn't you unhook your trailer from the Tow Vehicle...........................or are you saying that your trailer 7 pin plug (that controls your lights, signals, brakes, etc) is melted and stuck inside your TV receptacle., which would make sense why you can't disconnect.

Pics would help a lot in getting your problem solved.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:34 PM   #5
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If I understand you, you pull the emergency breakaway cable from the emergency brake switch under the tongue so the trailer does not move when you unhook your trailer? Is that you did when you went camping and left it that way all weekend?
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If I understand you, you pull the emergency breakaway cable from the emergency brake switch under the tongue so the trailer does not move when you unhook your trailer? Is that you did when you went camping and left it that way all weekend?
fonzie, that's how I read their post... but hopefully they come clarify.
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How about a picture, don't understand how you hooked the cable that it can't be unhooked.
If Ependydad and Fonzie are correct in that the OP pulled his emergency breakaway switch pin while at the campsite.....it would have been easy to loop the cable thru a bumper/hitch hole and run the pin end thru the loop....before reattaching it back in the breakaway switch.

This way he would definitely have to pull the pin out of the breakaway switch in order to unloop the cable again.

Something like this:

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If Ependydad and Fonzie are correct in that the OP pulled his emergency breakaway switch pin while at the campsite.....it would have been easy to loop the cable thru a bumper/hitch hole and run the pin end thru the loop....before reattaching it back in the breakaway switch.

This way he would definitely have to pull the pin out of the breakaway switch in order to unloop the cable again.
I kinda' thought that, but...
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If I understand you, you pull the emergency breakaway cable from the emergency brake switch under the tongue so the trailer does not move when you unhook your trailer? Is that you did when you went camping and left it that way all weekend?
Attached are pics of what I am talking about and yes. My dealership "PDI" person told me it is best to always have that cable pulled when stationary. Prevents theft as well as keeps the trailer from rolling. Was he wrong?
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