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Old 06-01-2015, 12:00 AM   #1
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Best way to hook up breakaway cable

I have been hooking up my TT breakaway cable a variety of ways with little thought as to how effective they might be. Does anyone have a fast means (clips, chain links, looping system, etc) that is both fast and guarantees the brakes will engage if necessary? Our 2015 Nitro XLR is our third TT and every dealer has demonstrated a different method, none of which seem to be well thought out! Gotta be an "Engineered" approach somewhere!
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Old 06-01-2015, 12:28 AM   #2
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get a quick link or clevis and attach to anything other than the reciever that the trailer couples to. i drill a hole if necessary in the bumper.
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Old 06-01-2015, 12:55 AM   #3
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Sounds like you want something like this.

We used to hook it to the same little opening in the hitch that we hooked our safety chains to. On the fiver we clip it to the tie down in the rear of the truck bed.
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Old 06-01-2015, 01:03 AM   #4
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It is pretty much up to your personal preference as long as you have it firmly secured to the TV, not looped around anything like the tongue jack or such, and not dragging the ground. Trust me, if your safety chains let loose and your TT/5er is running free, it is going to snatch the emergency brake line loose.
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Old 06-01-2015, 01:40 AM   #5
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ive seen 2 recievers almost fall off. one was a beavertail the rancher sent his wife and son to get 5 ton of hay with no WD. rescued from the middle of the road. another was one from outta state with WD but one bolt gone(rear) and 3 very loose. saw the ballmount floating up and down as he entered my shop. thats why its advised to go to an other than reciever/hitch location.
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Old 06-01-2015, 07:34 AM   #6
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When we had a TT, I removed a bolt from the license plate and replaced it with an eye bolt. Attached a snap clip to the cable. I reenforced the eye bolt on the back side with a washer and nut. All hardware was stainless steel.

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Old 06-01-2015, 07:50 AM   #7
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When we had a TT, I removed a bolt from the license plate and replaced it with an eye bolt. Attached a snap clip to the cable. I reenforced the eye bolt on the back side with a washer and nut. All hardware was stainless steel.

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Old 06-01-2015, 08:42 PM   #8
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I slip the loop in the breakaway cable into the safety chain hook that connects directly to the tow vehicle.
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Old 06-01-2015, 09:17 PM   #9
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I slip the loop in the breakaway cable into the safety chain hook that connects directly to the tow vehicle.
The breakaway system is designed to stop the trailer if it becomes completely disconnected including safety chains from vehicle. There are lots of thoughts and opinions about this. Most agree that this is not the way to go.
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Old 06-05-2015, 08:22 PM   #10
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I have been pulling the key and then looping it around the bumper then through the loop and inserting the key back but was told that energizing the brakes every time. I hear nothing when I do this and I thought it had to be rolling to work?
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