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Old 05-30-2013, 11:48 PM   #11
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Wow. This is great. Wmtire you really helped me. There is no pin.
I thought it was just a looped cable that separated the actuator pins. That's scary because as you describe it the cable itself being in there might not have been enough and the brakes could have activated. I drive from to San Diego and back from Santa Barbara like this. I am lucky this did not activate!!
Also raised by this is how much slack to leave in the cable. I usually wrap it once around the cutout in the hitch and the attach to the hook on the safety chain and it seems fine. I guess too much slack and it might not work properly and too little slack and it might pull out? How to know how much slack to allow?
Thanks again everyone !!
I will be replacing this part
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Old 05-31-2013, 10:54 AM   #12
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The brake away cable should be attached to the TV and not the chains. If the chains were to break the cable would not activate and the trailer would not have any brakes.
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Old 05-31-2013, 03:09 PM   #13
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That's scary because as you describe it the cable itself being in there might not have been enough and the brakes could have activated. I drive from to San Diego and back from Santa Barbara like this. I am lucky this did not activate!!
I'm still doing some thinking on this one, as I can't see how stuffing the cable in there accomplished anything good. I am wondering if maybe you blew/tripped the fuse to the trailer battery when you stuck the screwdriver in there, thus the brakes weren't able to activate from the trailers battery because of an interrupted circuit due to a blown or tripped resettable fuse.. Like I said I'm still thinking.

Have you noticed any other problems when you got it home? Have you tried to turn on, or use any 12 volt stuff inside the trailer, without it being hooked to 110/120 volt shore power.....to test and see if the trailer battery is supplying power to the 12 volt things (lights, furnace, water pump, power jacks/stabilizers, slides)?

If you have blown a fuse, and not yet replaced the pin (or entire breakaway switch) yet, you'll need to disconnect the switch (or snip a/both wires to it) to keep the battery from powering the brakes again immediately after you replace or reset a fuse.

Anyway it works out, I feel you were lucky. Have you bought your lottery ticket yet?

P.S. Make sure you disconnect ALL and ANY forms of power (battery and shore) before cutting wires or replacing the breakaway switch.....just to be on the safe side.
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