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Old 05-07-2015, 09:57 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by RJHuser View Post
Also possible that the brake magnets were damaged - burned out or weakened.

X2. If it was engaged long enough to melt your switch it wouldn't be a bad idea to pull your wheels and do a physical check of your mags.

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Old 05-08-2015, 01:03 AM   #12
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Thanks for the help. Wmtire hit it on the nose. I'm the kid and I do pull it when not in use. I am new to this and didn't realize I was making a mistake. Thankfully its a $20 mistake and not a $2k one. From now on (after replacing the switch) I'll keep the pin in.
Hey, it's just growing pains and part of the RV learning curve. It happens. That's what makes these forums so great, and the wealth of knowledge and experience that the members share amongst themselves.

We have even had stories of where dealers have misinformed members to use it as a parking brake contrary to all the documentation that the manufacturers provide.

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"Completely sealed breakaway switches to automatically set trailer brakes in case of accidental trailer breakaway. Required by law in some states. Emergency use only, not to be used to lock brakes when parked or stored."

As others have stated though, it can damage/weaken other brake items as well as suck a battery down quick... that you may want to check out. If they are good, then as you stated it's just a $20 lesson and not a big deal at all. Simple fix.

EDIT: Just a little extra tidbit for future that you can find in many of the electric brake controllers documentation. If you are testing the breakaway switch, you need to unhook the trailers umbilical cord from your tow vehicle before testing. The reason, is the full 12 volts that are now being provided by the trailers battery to the brakes will also 'backfeed' the brake controller if you are still connected to the tow vehicle and can damage the controller...... as exampled in #2 and #3 under "Important Facts to remember" in the link below.

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Old 05-08-2015, 05:03 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by vinr View Post
Everything else seems to be ok but thanks for the heads-up.
You will be lucky if you didn't screw up the brakes.
Did someone suggest doing this, to you?
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Old 05-08-2015, 06:24 AM   #14
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If someone pulled the breakaway cable when it was parked, and the switch was a little corroded it could get hot.
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:10 AM   #15
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No, I did it on my own power, I was just thinking that the 12 v would be applied if there was a breakaway problem. After reading all your posts I should have known. I have looked through my instruction manuals and don't see anything on the breakaway switch but I understand d it now.
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Old 05-08-2015, 08:31 AM   #16
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As a side note, I always keep the breakaway cable easily accessible when I am connecting, disconnection or moving the trailer( with power mover) just in case chocks don't hold or something happens. Just a great backup safety procedure.


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