Emergency breakaway cable

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  1. Matt T

    Matt T Member

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    I need to pick up a new emergency breakaway cable and switch, are they trailer specific or pretty generic? I was thinking about getting the entire apparatus(like the picture) just to make it easier
     

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    I got all I needed from ETRAILER...

    I got the coiled up version with a D-RING...

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    This may not work for everyone but in my case we are always off-road a lot and pulling our POPUP through underbrush sometimes...

    Works good for me...

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  4. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I go tthe same set up at Tractor Supply works good
     
  5. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    If you want to change the whole switch out, Rural King has the set up for a decent price.
     
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    I too have been pleased with the coiled version.

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    Which size did you both go with? I just returned the 4 footer for the 6 but haven't yet used it. I'm surprised there wasn't even longer ones available.
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I got a coiled up wire from Tractor supply, it stretches and will not rub on the ground.
     
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    Ours is about 4” and seems long enough for our hitch.
     
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    Thanks to OP and others who responded. Being a 'newbie', there is so much to 'learn'! We got a pop up this summer and the breakaway switch looks 'worn-out', which you would expect on a 19 year old camper. I was thinking if it works or not and how to test it and was searching this forum, when this thread came up in the results. Now I know, it is probably easier to just replace the switch than to see if it works?

    Thanks again.
     
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    Just pull the pin, that the cable is attached to, to see if it works and applies your brakes.
     
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    My pin broke shortly after I bought the camper and was testing the emergency brake. I just replaced the pin and tether, not the entire switch.
     
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    @WrkrBee, hi, yes, I tried to pull the pin, but it is rusted and looks or feels to me need a stronger pull (which is what is needed, I am sure). And also, I wasn't/am not sure if by pulling the pin would make the switch 'break', and how to 'repair' it. Meaning, I am/was thinking that this is a one time thing - for emergencies only - and I would need to install another pin/switch/system :(.

    @ezakoske, thanks for your response as well. I am not sure how to replace the pin and the tether, probably, I just need to 'play' with it to see how I can do it :).

    Thanks all so MUCH!
     
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    You want a good break away switch. If your's is in bad shape, replace it. You want to be able to pull it out to check the brake system and you sure want it to work in an emergency.
     
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    Thanks and I agree. One more thing added to my 'do list' coming spring :). Just one more thing - I should be able to put it back after pulling it out to check, right?
     
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    Yes.
     
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    Great, A million thanks, @WrkrBee !
     
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    Have something like this available as a replacement.
    https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Tekonsha/2010-A.html
    Or, just replace the entire unit and start fresh...
    You should be able to push the pin back in to disengage the brakes....
     

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