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Old 06-30-2016, 10:47 PM   #1
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Brake cable snapped

We arrived home from our trip only to find that our emergency brake cable is in two pieces. What does this mean? How could this happen? And did we do any damage to our truck braking system or our camper batteries, because the camper battery is dead. Any info would help.
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Old 06-30-2016, 10:54 PM   #2
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De, did the pin get pulled?

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Old 07-01-2016, 12:08 AM   #3
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De, did the pin get pulled?

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I don't think so. My husband showed me the cable and it looked like someone cut it. Maybe it was dragging..not sure. I'll ask him about the pin when he gets home from work.
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Old 07-01-2016, 12:11 AM   #4
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I don't think so. My husband showed me the cable and it looked like someone cut it. Maybe it was dragging..not sure. I'll ask him about the pin when he gets home from work.
That is possible. If you pulled the pin, you should know it. Last time I had the pin pulled on a turn (didn't route it right), I came to a very abrupt stop.
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Old 07-03-2016, 11:03 AM   #5
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I've cut through two by dropping the power tongue jack on it when raising the camper. After the 2nd I bought the coiled one.
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Old 07-03-2016, 11:37 AM   #6
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You mentioned that the camper battery was dead. That could be be the result of a pulled brake pin or something else. If the pin was pulled, the brakes activated and killed the battery. It most like damaged the battery so I would have it checked. It may take a charge and appear to be OK, but may not support a load like it did before. Any auto parts store can do a load test. If the brakes were on while driving, (pin pilled) I would also have them checked as they are likely damaged or need to be adjusted at a minimum. You can find replacement cables/ switches at most any RV dealer.
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Old 07-03-2016, 12:28 PM   #7
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I sheared mine in half bringing the new unit home a few weeks ago...still not sure exactly how. I was using a new hitch with a few more moving parts than the old one and had to re route the breakaway switch for the lift brackets on top of that. I'm pretty sure I wasn't careful when I routed the wire and it got caught in the hitch on a turn somehow.

Now, as to having your pin pulled...you should have the same brakes as my 2014 Mini Lite did. It would be VERY noticeable if you pulled that pin with a good battery. Chances are you either had something else drain the battery or your cable got snagged right as you were pulling in and setting up and didn't notice it until later. That could have killed the battery while it was sitting and you may not have noticed the brakes being engaged.
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You can go to Home Depot and make a new cable, get a section of cable and the attachments to crimp on the cable to make loops at both ends.
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