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Old 07-02-2012, 12:25 PM   #1
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Emergency breakaway cable

Found one of two wires of the wires severed. Does this disable the trailer brakes? Does it cause a problem when traveling? How would I go about repairing this? Should I just buy a new one?
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:35 PM   #2
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One wire (usually with a loop, aka breakaway cable) connects somewhere to the tow vehicle. If that is the one broken, you will have no emergency activation if your trailer somehow loses it's connection with the hitch. If it is the power side of the switch, power will not be applied to the brakes of the breakaway switch is activated.

I have damaged the break away cable before. You can take that cable along with the connecting pin to a RV supplier or store and get a match. Note that if you pull the breakaway cable with it's connector out of the switch, please be sure to pull a battery cable off otherwise your trailer brakes will be locked on. Leaving that pin out will drain your battery or could overheat the brake magnets dependent on the charge of the battery and how long the pin is left out.

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Depends how much wire is left to join together. If you've got enough, you can strip each end and use a butt-splice for the repair. Use a heat-shrink one so you can seal it after without using a bunch of tape.

If not, they are cheap, but then you are making two joints to wire the new one in...
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My advice: replace it, and keep the damaged one as a spare.
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:31 PM   #5
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Emergency break away cable

Thanks for your responses. Just one more thing, does this disable the electrical
brakes on the trailer or have any effect on them?
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Thanks for your responses. Just one more thing, does this disable the electrical
brakes on the trailer or have any effect on them?
Assuming you are talking about the electric wire not the cable pull a break will not disable the brakes but will disable the break away switch.
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I just went down to Home Depot and bought some supplies to make a new one. Thinking about getting one of those accordion type of lines.
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