Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-11-2010, 07:15 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
1968 20' Globetrotter
fair oaks , California
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 43
Dumb Newbie Mistake #1

I moved my 68 GT (just bought one month ago) to my driveway so I could work on it for a few days. When I disconnected the hitch I forgot to undo the cable for the safety brake. Im not sure of the correct method of repair. Anyone care to enlighten me? If I cant get the parts to repair will I be able to move it or is it stuck here until I repair it. ThankYou.

__________________

__________________
dmcinfo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2010, 08:07 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Splitrock's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Sioux Falls , South Dakota
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 2,398
Blog Entries: 20
Plug the pin back in . . . fast . . . if you have a battery . . . or are connected to shore power with the inverter on line. When the pin goes in, it opens the circuit.
__________________

__________________
Click on the link to see a picture of the Sioux River falls near my home.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...g?t=1278182564
Eastern South Dakota is very pretty with hills, rivers, and trees.
Splitrock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2010, 11:24 PM   #3
2 Rivet Member
 
1968 20' Globetrotter
fair oaks , California
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 43
Coundnt get the pin back in. What am I doing wrong?
__________________
dmcinfo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2010, 11:37 PM   #4
Site Team
 
azflycaster's Avatar
 
1975 25' Tradewind
Dewey , Arizona
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 12,127
Images: 62
Blog Entries: 1
With the pin out for a long time time, your battery should be dead and you may have damaged you brake magnets. If you are very lucky your break away switch is not working and nothing is harmed. New switches are not very expensive.
__________________

Richard

Wally Byam Airstream Club 7513
azflycaster is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 12:42 AM   #5
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
Dan@LED4RV's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Denton , North Carolina
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 695
power

Quote:
Originally Posted by dmcinfo View Post
I moved my 68 GT (just bought one month ago) to my driveway so I could work on it for a few days. When I disconnected the hitch I forgot to undo the cable for the safety brake. Im not sure of the correct method of repair. Anyone care to enlighten me? If I cant get the parts to repair will I be able to move it or is it stuck here until I repair it. ThankYou.

With NO POWER going to the brakes,(No Battery, no Shore power, not hooked to the tow vehicle) you should be able to move the unit. That is if your going a short distance on a flat surface. If your on a steep grade you would not want to move it without brake.
Dan
__________________
Dan Brown
Denton NC
Dan@LED4RV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 12:45 AM   #6
2 Rivet Member
 
1968 20' Globetrotter
fair oaks , California
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 43
Break Away Switch

Fortunately, I connected to shore power right away so draining the battery isn't a problem. If I purchase a new break away switch is there anything I need to know about the install?
__________________
dmcinfo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 07:21 AM   #7
Rivet Master
 
AirsDream's Avatar
 
1999 23' Safari
Perrysburg , Ann Arbor
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 914
I'd try again to insert the pin. Never seen one that the pin would not go back into, albeit with some force necessary .... it's got some built-in friction and detents to keep it from falling out accidentally.

But with power to the 12volt system, either from battery or shore power, seems likely to me that your brake magnets will have been fried by now. They're designed for intermittent use, and you may have had them engaged since the time your pin came out ... Please have them carefully checked out by a pro.
__________________
AirsDream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 07:24 AM   #8
3 Rivet Member
 
1986 25' Sovereign
Plant City , Florida
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 225
Quote:
Originally Posted by dmcinfo View Post
Fortunately, I connected to shore power right away so draining the battery isn't a problem. If I purchase a new break away switch is there anything I need to know about the install?
I think your missing the part about burning up the brake mags. If not done so already these will be toast. You can order a new brakeaway switch from any of the vendors on the forums. If it were me I would cut the wire that leads to the switch one at a time so that you are sure that the brakes are off. Then you can cap the wires with wire nuts. When you recieve your new switch you will be able to solder the new one on.

Chris

BTW the old pins are a pain to put back in. on mine i feel like I am going to brake it.
__________________
ck21084 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 09:36 AM   #9
Rivet Master
 
Melody Ranch's Avatar
 
1956 22' Flying Cloud
1953 32' Liner
1955 22' Safari
Valley View , Texas
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 3,960
Images: 78
Send a message via Skype™ to Melody Ranch
Break a way Switch 96-8375 [2009] - $26.95 : Out-of-Doors Mart!, More Airstream Parts on-line than anyone!

Use the enlarge function...it may answer some questions.
__________________
"If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted
then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production."
Melody Ranch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 09:56 AM   #10
Rivet Master
 
Splitrock's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Sioux Falls , South Dakota
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 2,398
Blog Entries: 20
On my old switch, the pin was dry. I just applied some white grease and it slides right back in. It takes quite a pull to remove and an equal push to get it back in.

#2 for cutting the wires if all else fails.
__________________
Click on the link to see a picture of the Sioux River falls near my home.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...g?t=1278182564
Eastern South Dakota is very pretty with hills, rivers, and trees.
Splitrock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2010, 09:59 AM   #11
Moderator
 
Kevin245's Avatar

 
Vintage Kin Owner
... , ...
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 9,390
Images: 9
Breakaway switches typically connect via 2 wires. Replacing one is fairly easy. Just remove the exisiting switch and wire the new one in it's place. Check the installation notes but usually the 2 wires are interchangeable.

Checking your brake magnet performance is important and as others have stated should be performed before heading out on your next trip. If replacement is required the task is fairly straight forward once the brake drums are removed.

Best of luck,

Kevin
__________________

__________________

"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do."

Eleanor Roosevelt

Kevin245 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Huge mistake-no 12v power? roblo101 Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 8 10-31-2009 08:31 AM
Dumb Newbie Questions ! btr Our Community 10 11-09-2008 08:27 PM
Dumb,dumb, and dumber rebel beck Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 13 04-03-2006 12:11 PM
First real trip; real dumb mistake... myoung On The Road... 49 03-29-2006 08:37 PM
The 2500 Mile Mistake. Safari Tim Our Community 15 05-01-2005 05:50 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.