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Old 11-03-2019, 08:01 PM   #1
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Replacing breakaway cable

I have had my one year old breakaway cable break in half. I don't know exactly how, though perhaps it simply got caught on something. What does one do to replace such an item? It is a Cequent breakaway system. 2018 27FB FC. I have searched around and do not even find the same breakaway system. The cable is connected to the pin in a loop that is created with some sort of clamp.
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:15 PM   #2
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This is what I use.


Fastway Zip 6 Foot Breakaway Cable 80-01-2160 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TR4IGW..._WK4VDb595A77Z
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:31 PM   #3
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This is what I use.


Fastway Zip 6 Foot Breakaway Cable 80-01-2160 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004TR4IGW..._WK4VDb595A77Z
I use the same thing.

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Old 11-04-2019, 08:03 AM   #4
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Thanks

So, no need to replace the pin. That looks like it will work well.
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Old 11-04-2019, 09:18 AM   #5
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You can also buy a plain or vinyl covered piece of cable [any length as they will cut no extra charge]& slip on clamps for each end that you hammer flat after slipping on plus snap for lot less money than ready made, use your pin. IMO 6 ft cable way to long, if trailer comes loose you don't want 6 feet before brakes engage. These items can be pur. big box or farm supply stores
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Old 11-14-2019, 06:49 AM   #6
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Excellent! I just ordered one. Fastway Zip 4 Foot Breakaway Cable
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Old 11-14-2019, 08:22 AM   #7
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I bought the 4' Fastway.
The coil is pretty stiff, so I haven't installed it yet.
I suspect it's fine, and I read the 6' is for fifth wheels and the 4' for trailers so mine should work.
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I bought the 4' Fastway.
The coil is pretty stiff, so I haven't installed it yet.
I suspect it's fine, and I read the 6' is for fifth wheels and the 4' for trailers so mine should work.


Yes, while I tagged the 6, I actually have the 4. Btw....mailed the tubing yesterday.
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Had my breakaway cable show signs of failure this year. I just looked at the breakaway unit itself, found the brand and model name on it. It was a Tekonsha 2010 model. Went to etrailer.com found the exact replacement. https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...ha/2010-A.html New cable came ready to go with new pin attached to it. Pulled the old cable and pin out and replaced with the new one. Easy peasy.

For your controller check Advanced Auto Parts. They carry Cequent break away controllers and cables. Also note the Tekonsha and Cequent are owned by the same parent company. So the folks at etrailer may also have a proper fitting cable and pin. I would personally rather buy a premade cable with attached pin than try to fabricate a cable. Do it wrong and that cable might not hold together at the attach points to the vehicle or at the pin itself.

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Old 11-15-2019, 05:45 AM   #10
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My solution

I just purchased the coiled 6 coiled clip recommended. It works and now the AS is in storage for winter. I did not find the Cequent on etrailer.com and already had the clip before seeing that Advance might carry it.
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Exclamation Break Away?

What are community thoughts on the weakest point in tow vehicle to trailer connection that could be the most probable breakaway point. And, what situations might that occur?
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What are community thoughts on the weakest point in tow vehicle to trailer connection that could be the most probable breakaway point. And, what situations might that occur?

Top of the list - the human. Fail to lock down the coupler properly or fail to secure the hitch bar in the TV receiver and hit a bump on the road......


All other possibles are way down the list.
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Top of the list - the human. Fail to lock down the coupler properly or fail to secure the hitch bar in the TV receiver and hit a bump on the road......


All other possibles are way down the list.
I agree.
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