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Chillbilly 01-06-2015 07:25 PM

Brake-Away Switch
OK - I DID IT! I pulled out from under my 5th wheel without unhooking my brake-away switch. It ripped the brake-away switch completely off the hitch, leaving a couple of wires hanging there. I would have expected the break-away wire to have been ripped from the switch but that was not the case. Anyway, I am installing a new break-away switch onto the hitch. My question is, are the trailer brakes on when the switch is open or closed? In other words, right now the wires are separated - so the switch would be open - are the trailer brakes on or off.

fonzie 01-06-2015 07:32 PM

Trailer brakes are on when switch is closed, so now with wires separated the trailer brakes are off........

Ford Idaho 01-06-2015 07:34 PM,d.cGU

The break away switch should be wired so that it is a normally open circuit ... the pin is pulled, the circuit closes, allowing voltage to travel to the trailer brakes.

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