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Old 08-01-2010, 09:52 AM   #15
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Yes That would sound when the switch is closed and not any effect on the braking capacity. Sure would have saved the problem I am working with if they had heard the buzzer when they pulled away after parking the trailer.
Thanks HowieE, Since I just installed the new one, I'm going to put a buzzer on it. Should be easy enough to do. Just splice in on the connection that only gets power when the pin is pulled and ground it.
Here is the one I just put on:
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Old 08-01-2010, 10:08 AM   #16
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Keep in mind that the length of the cable wants to be short enough that the brake away switch pulls free before the chains go tight in a hitch failure. Looking at the factory supplied cable on your system that may not be the case. If so you want to shorten the cable.

I like to feed the cable through a D clip on the hitch release handle to insure the cable is supported across the top of the hitch and held so it can not get tangled in the hitch when turning.
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Lock for storage

My trailer lived in a storage yard and I have long worried about my breakaway being pulled by a vandal or by a curious child.

My Great Ideas column in the Airstream Life issue that should come out very soon has my solution to making the breakaway switch safe during storage.

I drilled a 1/4" hole in the metal just behind the plastic part of the switch. When I store the trailer, I put a small padlock through the hole and capture the loops at both ends of the breakaway cable. It is physically impossible to pull the pin without removing the padlock. By capturing both end loops of the cable, it is also impossible to forget to remove the padlock when hooking up. When the trailer is in use, I just lock the padlock in place. The padlock key lives on the same ring as the key to my hitch lock.
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