Breakaway Switch Cable Replacement

Discussion in 'Tires / Brakes / Bearings / Axles' started by DRKMinWA, May 27, 2010.

  1. DRKMinWA

    DRKMinWA It's Friday, it's payday and I'm on vacation.

    Sep 15, 2008
    I need to replace the cable for the breakaway switch, SPUT [:(] this past weekend. Where can I locate the tools to crimp the cable to make the loops?

    Remember always make sure that breakaway switch cable can't drag on the road! [:D]


    Rick & Kathy
  2. tsc

    tsc Member

    Aug 20, 2008
    SW Ontario, Canada
    I feel your pain. I did the same thing last summer.

    You can get cable crimping tools. But when are you ever going to use the tools again? For a couple of dollars more, you can get a new unit and install it yourself and don't have to worry about the lanyard breaking at the fix point. If you choose to patch yours, any machine shop with a press, should be able to get it crimped for you.

    If your Fleetwood is anything like mine, it came with a (Tekonsha or is it Dexter--I really can't remember) breakaway switch. Finding a replacement pin is next to impossible. I went to my dealer and we could only get the whole kit, not just a replacement pin. We even looked in the parts book. A replacement pin is just not to be had. Trust me, I looked at every RV dealer I could find from Ontario to Nova Scotia and back.

    Replace it with a Bargman or Hopkin's unit and get a couple of extra pins. The two major types of pins that I found were, straight (looks like a blade screw driver head) and the spade head type. My original Fleetwood looked like a Fastex buckle.
  3. dschlosser

    dschlosser Active Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    East Patchogue, NY
  4. Erwin

    Erwin New Member

    Mar 21, 2008
    Rochester, NY
    If its a Hopkins you can get the cable and pin. If it isn't, a whole new switch/cable is less than 10 bucks.
  5. 99pal

    99pal New Member

    Sep 6, 2009
    Here is a silly question. What exactly does this thing do? I assumed if broken it would lock the brakes. The other day my wife was
    practicing backing up and she knifed it a few times. When we got home I unhooked and noticed the cable was snapped in two. It pulled
    just fine as if it was a useless item.

    I don't have a brake controller in the tow vehicle so perhaps this is needed. At any rate should I get a new one or can I pull it without
    until I can get a brake controller installed?
  6. samtgrizz

    samtgrizz New Member

    Jun 3, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    If the trailer comes unhitched from the car when it is moving, the breakaway cable will pull the pin on the switch which will then apply the breaks to the trailer. Hopefully you will then not see the trailer passing you on the road. Remember that it is an electric switch so if you don't have any power in your battery, it won't work ether.

    Yes do fix the cable. The regular ones seem to break easily, so the lanyard is a great idea.
  7. DRKMinWA

    DRKMinWA It's Friday, it's payday and I'm on vacation.

    Sep 15, 2008
    I ordered the coiled breakaway cable as a replacement for my broken one. The pin is still intact and the switch still works when I tested it.

    The frame on my PUP is still pristine and I couldn't bring myself to drill out the rivet on the old switch and replace it. Maybe if it had happened in another year or two but no drilling just yet.

    Thanks to all who replied. This really is a great site!.
  8. tsc

    tsc Member

    Aug 20, 2008
    SW Ontario, Canada
    I didn't have to drill my frame. I just used the dremmel to cut the head off the rivet and used a punch to pop the body of the old rivet into the frame. I used the existing hole for the new rivet.

    Glad to hear that you can use the old pin.

    Happy pupping.
  9. jwolfe01

    jwolfe01 Honeoye, NY

    May 5, 2008
    Honeoye Falls, NY
    For anyone else that wants to replace the cable with another cable instead of the coiled one, you can just crimp the new ferrules with regular wire crimpers, you dont need "special" tools to do it.

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