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Old 07-08-2013, 12:50 PM   #1
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Emergency brake cable

So I let my wife hook up the camper yesterday before we left, she apparently left the cable dangling on the ground that would control the e brake if trailer were to come off ball. My question? Is there a way to get one of those clamps that are on it from the factory that holds the cable together to make the loop? It wore down right in the loop and has plenty more cable to make another loop .
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:06 PM   #2
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I was in a local trailer supply store the other day and purchased one of these Fastway Zip cables. They had the universal kind in a display box by their cash register. I think I paid about 10 bucks for it. No more cable dragging or hanging up.

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I think I've seen these at Tractor Supply also
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:10 PM   #3
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I was in a local trailer supply store the other day and purchased one of these Fastway Zip cables. They had the universal kind in a display box by their cash register. I think I paid about 10 bucks for it. No more cable dragging or hanging up.

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I have used those on my last two campers. Easier to deal with than the factory cable, and it's bright red, so it's hard to forget.
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One thing to watch for is to ensure that the breakaway cable is shorter than the safety chains. If it's longer than the safety chains it may not engage the brakes if the camper came off the hitch ball.

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One thing to watch for is to ensure that the breakaway cable is shorter than the safety chains. If it's longer than the safety chains it may not engage the brakes if the camper came off the hitch ball.

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Good point. I believe the coiled red ones we were discussing come in a couple of different lengths for that very reason.
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Good point. I believe the coiled red ones we were discussing come in a couple of different lengths for that very reason.
You may still have to shorten the cable. You can buy the ferrules at TSC or Northern Tool pretty cheap.
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I am not convinced that the emergency break-away cable needs to be shorter than the chains. If the chains are working, then the trailer will follow the tow vehicle to a (hopefully) controlled stop. I would think that only when the trailer is completely loose from the TV should the emergency braking system be engaged.

Y'all convince me otherwise.

The last 2 trailers with brakes that I have pulled have both had the emergency braking system cable longer than the safety chains. If y'all convince me that the cable needs to be shorter, then that is another project that I need to tackle.
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I am not convinced that the emergency break-away cable needs to be shorter than the chains. If the chains are working, then the trailer will follow the tow vehicle to a (hopefully) controlled stop. I would think that only when the trailer is completely loose from the TV should the emergency braking system be engaged.

Y'all convince me otherwise.

The last 2 trailers with brakes that I have pulled have both had the emergency braking system cable longer than the safety chains. If y'all convince me that the cable needs to be shorter, then that is another project that I need to tackle.
If the trailer breaks away and is being held by the chains, you want the trailer brakes engaged to keep the chains taut and not let the trailer ram into the tow vehicle causing more damage when you are trying to stop. You can leave them long and see what happens, but I have always shortened the cable to the make sure it was shorter than the chains.
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