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Old 04-28-2020, 05:46 PM   #1
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Have you checked your toad breakaway lately?

I recently tested my toad auxiliary braking system, a Blue Ox Patriot, in our toad. After setting it up I activated it with the wireless remote controller, then returned it to its normal position. Then I pulled the plunger out of the breakaway switch to test the breakaway. To my dismay, nothing happened. After a little troubleshooting, I decided the breakaway switch was bad.

I ordered and installed a new breakaway switch and the system works correctly. I tested it by operating it normally with an external battery, feeding through the motorhome cable, to be sure everything worked. Then I disconnected the external battery and pulled the breakaway switch plunger, causing it to activate with its internal battery, which is the way it is designed to operate.

So, when was the last time you checked your breakaway?
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Old 04-29-2020, 07:08 AM   #2
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We have a TT, so no toad, but after reading a thread or two the last couple years about a trailer coming loose I’ve started checking it once or twice a year. Probably not enough, but better than nothing. I bought a used 22’ gooseneck before Christmas and it didn’t have one installed. It now has one.
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Old 05-10-2020, 04:20 AM   #3
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I check mine every time we hook up by pulling the pin from the breakaway switch. It not only ensures the breakaway is working but that I remembered to turn the brake switch on (Stay-in-Play system) and I can visually check the "braking" LED light.

One tip I've found in the past is that that breakaway switch the pin goes in to is just two steel plates that the pin holds apart. When the pin is yanked, the plates connect, close the circuit, and the brake comes on. If it stops working it is usually due to rust, dirt, or corrosion. You can slip a fine file between the plates (with a bit of effort), clean them up and apply a bit of WD-40 to keep the contacts good. Also, be sure to keep the extra pin plugged in when not towing.
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Old 05-10-2020, 06:04 AM   #4
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I check mine every time we hook up by pulling the pin from the breakaway switch. It not only ensures the breakaway is working but that I remembered to turn the brake switch on (Stay-in-Play system) and I can visually check the "braking" LED light.

One tip I've found in the past is that that breakaway switch the pin goes in to is just two steel plates that the pin holds apart. When the pin is yanked, the plates connect, close the circuit, and the brake comes on. If it stops working it is usually due to rust, dirt, or corrosion. You can slip a fine file between the plates (with a bit of effort), clean them up and apply a bit of WD-40 to keep the contacts good. Also, be sure to keep the extra pin plugged in when not towing.
Good practice. I'll check mine more often, too, when we can actually go somewhere.
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