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Old 04-06-2011, 10:33 AM   #15
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We have friends whose receiver separated entirely from truck -- how's that going to work if the breakaway switch cable is attached to the receiver? Not good. And if the trailer decouples from the ball hitch but remains attached to the tow vehicle via the chains, why "pull the plug" and apply full breaking power to the trailer's wheels? The umbilical cord, still attached, provides proportional control to the trailer's brakes and will allow controlled turning and braking.

This has been covered in the forums before, the one I remember is here

The literature (manufacturers of brakes, switches, controllers, RVs, hitches) doesn't provide a clear answer on any of this. And we are all over the map on the issue. We end up deciding for ourselves our own setup. I'm happy with mine, and am sure you will find one you like too.

Did they forget to put the head pin in? I can't see any part or the hitch assembly coming off without a warning unless you are in some kind of major accident.

I don't want anyone to get hurt from my rig running wild so I obey the law and use the chains and safety devices. I had a trailer blow over on its side south of Cheyenne. A major cold front blew in on us, we had slowed down to about 40 mph and the top of one hill had been used in the valley to bridge to the next hill. The 70 mph wind coming up that valley along with the same side wind got under the floor of the trailer and flipped it on it side. I had no control of anything and it almost pulled us off into that 200' deep valley area.. The trailer did not separate from tow vehicle it twisted the trailer tongue.

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Old 04-06-2011, 10:44 AM   #16
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Wes, was that an Airstream that was blown over?
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:00 AM   #17
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Some earlier year GM trucks had recievers break, would be interesting to know what year they corrected the problem. zz
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:34 PM   #18
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No, they had their hitch head pinned securely to the receiver. The receiver broke and separated from the truck, so the hitch head and its trailer were still securely attached to the square hole of the receiver. But the square hole, the chains, the hitch head, the trailer were completely unattached from the truck. Pretty much worse case scenario, eh?

We heard of the receiver socket welds cracking on several otheer GM receivers. Ours didnt crack, it was just flexing enough that we could no longer get enough weight distribution to the truck front axle. So we bought and installed a very robust Curt class V receiver. Works well!
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:37 PM   #19
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Yeah, ZZ, i dont know when they made changes. My truck is 2006 2500HD Chevy, and in 2008 i showed Chevy dealer the drawbar pin hole was wallowing out significantly. They readily replace the entire receiver as warranty -- i think they had heard or read enough to watch out for any sort of receiver defects.
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:55 PM   #20
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I was at the AS dealer today and they were just setting up a display that had a neat little coiled breakaway switch cables (like a phone cord) that you replace the original with. Had two sizes. Don't remember the company name but it looked like a good idea . Maybe someone else has seen these.
I just purchased one of those today and placed it on my breakaway pin. It's neat and will avoiding dragging the lanyard around the ground.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:08 AM   #21
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I think some people are confused about part names. RECEIVER =hitch= bolted to the frame of the TV. HITCHBALL MOUNT =drawbar=where the trailer ball is mounted and removeable. My receiver has openings that I clip the brake-away cable too.I think the slinky is a great idea. It would be nice if they offered a coiled embilical cord also. THEY use em on big trucks ya know.
Like someone said if my receiver falls off then the brake-away cable is the least of my worries cause I've got bigger problems
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:23 AM   #22
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I bet that was exciting -- and expensive.
Probably makes for the best campfire story of the night -- every night.
We got caught in high winds west of Cheyenne in 2008 with the Clipper and with full balast and taking it easy we had little problem. We had to drive to the extreme right of pavement to keep clear of other towed units. (commercial and RV) some offtracking as much as 4'. If we ever get into that situation again I think it would be a good decision to park and enjoy all the comforts of home. Thats what we have the DVD for eh?
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I don't want anyone to get hurt from my rig running wild so I obey the law and use the chains and safety devices. I had a trailer blow over on its side south of Cheyenne. A major cold front blew in on us, we had slowed down to about 40 mph and the top of one hill had been used in the valley to bridge to the next hill. The 70 mph wind coming up that valley along with the same side wind got under the floor of the trailer and flipped it on it side. I had no control of anything and it almost pulled us off into that 200' deep valley area.. The trailer did not separate from tow vehicle it twisted the trailer tongue.

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At our unit's April rally this weekend and one of the guys had a coioed umbilical -- no kidding. First one I've seen for a travel trailer

Seems his favorite four-legged friend had snacked on the trailer's 7-way plug, destroying it. He connected a 7-way receptacle, just like the one by the receiver, to his jack post above the a-frame (above grazing level, apparently).

The coiled umbilical has same plugs on both ends, doesn't drag the ground and doesn't tempt. And looks neat!
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Coiled connections, been around for years and should be available at any good RV, Truck or parts supplier.
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Just enough for the chains to tighten completely.
BTW The break-a-way is NOT attached to my chain hook. It is around the bumper.
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I have an eyebolt that replaced one of my license plate bolts. And a snap swivel attached to the breakaway cable. Snap the cable to the eye and I am done.

The length of my cable is enough so that it is the last thing to go.

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Here is the new breakaway cable that I purchased from Colonial Airstream, NJ, after I literally shredded my existing lanyard. Since it is a pic without a URL, I will post it as a photo.
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