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Old 07-10-2006, 01:58 PM   #15
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break away

my break away dosen't work either. i'm following this thread because i haven't looked into it yet. i think you have it pretty much solved though. i would think the break away switch line has to go back to the brakes just like the tv line. i will use this as a guide for sure.

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Old 07-10-2006, 02:03 PM   #16
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just to add a little more...

I thought there might be a voltage related problem, so I probed around w/ my meter...was only getting 11.5 volts out of one of the 12v sockets in the trailer. (been sitting for a month, and had the ceiling fan and radio running for a couple of hours). So I plugged into shore power....socket immediately showed 12.8v, but a re-test of the brakes was the same. no clank/no buzz...but did get the same gentle compass needle swing.
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Old 07-10-2006, 02:24 PM   #17
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When in doubt...

When in doubt take her into a qualified dealer. In a previous post I read that someone took the assembly apart and cleaned the contacts, etc. Heck for $15 you can get a brand new switch.

Don't take chances on this and do it right

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Old 07-10-2006, 02:39 PM   #18
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When in doubt take her into a qualified dealer. In a previous post I read that someone took the assembly apart and cleaned the contacts, etc. Heck for $15 you can get a brand new switch.

Don't take chances on this and do it right

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If everyone did that at the first sign of trouble...there's be no airstreamforums.com. wouldn't be necessary.

fwiw: there is no "apart" for this particular switch...and I DID buy a new one. (the old one was definately bad). I think it was actually slightly less than 15 bucks. But bypassing the switch altogether yields questionable results..or at the very least, different than what I expected. What I'm seeking here is knowledge; not just a "fix".
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The compass test gives you limited but vital info. Yes, I'd agree the needle swing was only 'gentle' when I did this on my Argosy.

You seem to be barking up the right tree in figuring the brake controller/truck will have variable and potentially smaller brake inputs. The breakaway should apply unmodulated battery current to the brakes so that your lost trailer leaves the roadway ASAP. I don't know that for a fact but it seems to make sense.

Others have said they hear their brakes easily. I thought my hearing was okay but I've never been able to -- might just be my ears tho. Thanks for keeping us advised!
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Hi Chuck-- Because I'm a fellow Mass. native and 70's Airstream owner, your post caught my eye. Also, my 1972 Safari '23 has no breakaway switch that I can see. I assume that the two wires channeled inside the hitch are for the switch... (one wire is white and the other red). But as an Airstream newbie, I'm not sure. Can you advise? This thread has lots of great info that I will dig into while installing a new switch. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. Go Pats! --Alison
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