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Old 06-02-2017, 01:51 PM   #41
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My fifth wheel has a battery disconnect. Does that also turn off the emergency braking system or is that wired in prior to the switch? I hope that is the case. I usually have the battery switch turned on when towing but you never know.
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Old 06-02-2017, 01:53 PM   #42
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it is supposed to be before the disconnect, however it is not a bad idea to verify that.
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Old 06-02-2017, 04:03 PM   #43
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My receiver is bolted to the frame of the truck, why wouldn't I clip the breakaway cable to that? That's where the chains hook up too.
I have seen receivers come loose either wrong bolts or rust................. all of your safety devices would be in one place not a get idea................
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Get yourself one of these.
They come in various lengths.
Zip Breakaway Cable

Ironic, they show the cable connected to the receiver. Which brings a question....

How many have ever seen a factory hitch on a new vehicle ever fall off or actually pulled off? I'm sure there are times when someone will try and hook an extremely heavy trailer to a small SUV causing undue stress to the hitch, but actually pull it off? Curious. (Not talking about the twenty year old rust bucket.)

Cause I know of no one who does not connect the breakaway cable to the receiver.

And for those who say not to do this, have you ever checked the length of the breakaway to make sure it is sized correctly to apply the brakes when need (breakaway) and not apply when turning a corner?
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How many have ever seen a factory hitch on a new vehicle ever fall off or actually pulled off?
I can say I personally had one crack and almost fall off my used vehicle. I was pulling a tire trailer over to Shreveport with the same truck I pull my travel trailer with. As I was going down this bumpy road, I hear my tongue jack scrape the pavement.

I immediately stopped and got out to look. The receiver had cracked on both sides and was bent down about halfway between it's normal position and the road. I was able to limp it enough over to a lot and unhook the trailer.

Then it was off to find a new receiver, which nobody in Shreveport had a class IV/V receiver for my truck. I had to order one back in my hometown, for the next day. I installed it and went back to get my trailer.

I was lucky it just bent down and didn't completely crack off, or I would had lost it all.

I may still have some pics of it.
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I had the frame of an F250 rust away enough to make the mounting bolts loose. I traded it. ( Removed the receiver it had serious rust as well. The vehicle and hitch were less than 10 years old.

As far as the break away cable length has not been an issue but I have added to one can't remember which one. I currently have 3 trailers with brakes, 3 without. The ones without I expect could kill as well, but the law doesn't require brakes on a single axle trailer under 3K gross in my state.
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length of cable

Hi, I have a 6ft zip plastic coated w/ clip. now, but before I went to hardware store and bought a length of 1/16" ss cable and the squeeze clips made my own using old pin. worked fine.
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Why don't 5th wheels have safety chains?
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The dealer wove my breakaway cable into the safety chain. It loosened up, dragged on the pavement, and wore almost into. I never liked it connected that way. I bought one of those coiled cables from Amazon (4 ft) and like it much better. I do need to see about a better place to attach it.
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My receiver is bolted to the frame of the truck, why wouldn't I clip the breakaway cable to that? That's where the chains hook up too.
Receivers have been known to fail (someone had a recall on this a few years back). My Fords have a separate place on the bumper to hook up the break away cable.

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How many have ever seen a factory hitch on a new vehicle ever fall off or actually pulled off? I'm sure there are times when someone will try and hook an extremely heavy trailer to a small SUV causing undue stress to the hitch, but actually pull it off? Curious. (Not talking about the twenty year old rust bucket.)
Someone and IIRC it was Chevy had a major recall on hitches a few years back that were failing, I think it had something to do with the welds on the hitches.

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Receivers have been known to fail (someone had a recall on this a few years back). My Fords have a separate place on the bumper to hook up the break away cable.

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My bumper is bolted to the frame too.
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My bumper is bolted to the frame too.
But usually separate from the receiver.

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How about a bumper pull?
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How about a bumper pull?
In that case hook the cable to the frame... Rocket science it ain't.

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How on earth does a 29yo have a GRANDCHILD?
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How on earth does a 29yo have a GRANDCHILD?
The article said step-grandchildren. But obviously that is the most pressing question from this accident.
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I've bought 2 new trailers and both have left the dealers hooked up (by them) to my truck, with the safety chains and breakaway intertwined and hooked to the receiver. I can't even think of another spot where it could attach... gonna have to have a good look!
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