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Old 05-17-2016, 03:11 PM   #1
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Trailer Break-Away

My Break-Away (Orange/black stripe wire) is wired to the Switched side of the main 12v. Shut-Off.

Seems incorrect ??

What if you forgot to turn your power on ?
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Old 05-17-2016, 04:26 PM   #2
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The break-away switch should be wired more or less directly to the battery. Are you sue it's to the switched side and not the supply side?

If it is wired to the switch side, I'd change it to the supply side.
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Old 05-17-2016, 08:01 PM   #3
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The only wire on the battery side is the battery wire. The breakaway is on the switched side.

My trailer is only a few days old.
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The only wire on the battery side is the battery wire. The breakaway is on the switched side. My trailer is only a few days old.
Picture shows it's on an auto reset breaker. Nothing wrong with it.
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Picture shows it's on an auto reset breaker. Nothing wrong with it.
I don't see how you see that. If the big terminal on the left that has one wire that goes to the battery the other wires all go to the second terminal on the right.
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I don't see how you see that. If the big terminal on the left that has one wire that goes to the battery the other wires all go to the second terminal on the right.
All I can say is it is an auto reset breaker. All trailers are supposed to/should have them.
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Old Coot.....it has a red handle on it....it says "ON"...."OFF" on it.....the back side of it has two copper posts.....one with a wire going to the battery....and the other with several wires stacked on it.

Looks like a Switch.....Smells like a Switch....


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Old Coot.....it has a red handle on it....it says "ON"...."OFF" on it.....the back side of it has two copper posts.....one with a wire going to the battery....and the other with several wires stacked on it.

Looks like a Switch.....Smells like a Switch....


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Closer look and you're right, just unhook the break away wire to the other post. There should be a auto reset breaker somewhere in the line.
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Old 05-17-2016, 09:12 PM   #9
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I guess one advantage of having it on the switched side, is if a kid or dog pulls the pin out (which we have happen a lot). As long as the switch was on/disconnected while parked and not in use, then you wouldn't have to worry about the trailer brakes energizing or the breakaway switch melting.

I have actually seen many trailers with a disconnect switch at, or right at the positive post of the battery. Ones wired that way (either factory or afterwards) still are in the same boat as the OP, and must make sure the disconnect is connected to allow power to get to the breakaway switch, which would be downline from the battery when towing the RV.
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Closer look and you're right, just unhook the break away wire to the other post. There should be a auto reset breaker somewhere in the line.

I was about to post a rebuttal to your last post as it has a red key sticking out the other side. Anyway.
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