Where to mount breakaway switch?

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  1. mpking

    mpking Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to be adding a breakaway switch to my camper. It does have electric brakes, but it does not have a breakaway switch.

    Do I just drill a hole in the frame, and bolt it on?

    I'm thinking of just in front of that square hole under the winch. (Either side)

    Here's a picture of my connector
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  2. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    I would just use one of the jack mounting bolts
     
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    bobroberts New Member

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    Don't mount it too tight. Let it swivel.
     
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    f5moab Retired from the Federal Government

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    Mine is mounted rock solid to the frame by the factory; not sure why it would ever need to swivel. Picture shows its location....
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    f5moab Retired from the Federal Government

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    Here's the photo....
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    No swiveling
     
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    Look from the ground
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    My OEM was riveted to the top of the A frame, behind the coupler. When I replaced it, I drilled out the old rivet pop riveted it back in the same hole.

    Now, that being said and done.

    etrailer has lots of great videos on DIY

    https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=etrailer+breakaway+switch&tbm=vid


    As to the "No swivel". Can someone please explain? Here's my thoughts on that.

    Going around a curve, the ball mount breaks and your trailer is now swinging in the breeze.

    Being the conscientious pupper. Your breakaway lanyard is shorter then the safety chains (I'm not sure if this matters in this discussion).

    But if your breakaway switch is able to swivel, it would allow the lanyard to pull out straight, as oppose to at an angle, which, may break the key without the brakes being fully engaged.

    Is my logic flawed? I don't see how it could hurt having it swivel (not floppy, but able to swivel)
     
  9. tombiasi

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    The swivel is to assure the cable stays in line with the plug. A sideways pull could break the unit apart and it may not function.
     
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    94-D2 Happy Campin'

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    My break away came mounted on the left side of the A frame positioned horizontally. So no swiveling per se in relation to the ball hitch axis but it does pivot up and down as a consequence of a single mounting hole. The cable is also longer than the safety chains to allow it to activate AFTER a break away; as in from the safety chains. To do so before would be moot since you should still have an electrical connection between the tv and trailer. You would still want braking control if your still tied to the tv. A full on lock up from the break away switch while still tethered to the tv would not be optimum. So, I don't think swiveling is a requirement.
     
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    Hmmm. I never thought of that. I will stand corrected. Longer, rather then shorter it is.


    So, the swivel thing got me thinking and looking around the 'net.

    According to 2 manufacturers, it was designed to swivel

    http://escotest.jimdo.com/technical-documentation/break-away-switch/

    http://www.tekonsha.com/support/installation/N1026.pdf

    And the ESCO states that it is to be mounted horizontally.
     
  12. mpking

    mpking Well-Known Member

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    I looked around on the length of the breakaway.

    Most sources agree that you want:
    1. The pigtail the shortest, so it detaches first.
    2. The breakaway the middle, so it detaches after the pigtail, but before
    3. The safety chains are the longest.

    The logic makes sense. In practice, I'm sure only about 10% are hitting this standard. Heck, driving down the highway, I just want all three to be hooked up on the trailers I pass on the road.

    Back to my thread.

    I think the Jack Post is looking like my best bet. I will investigate the underside of the mounting plate the propane tank is sitting on.
    I'm not convinced on the swivel. The logic makes sense, but there are so many things sticking out for the cable to get caught on. (The Jack for one) It's always a 50% chance it's going to pull the right way.
     
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    That's why the swivel, which ever way it pulls will be the right way.
     

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