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Old 01-19-2019, 02:16 PM   #1
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Fast way coiled breakaway cable.

Okay, we can agree that the stock breakaway cable is too long.
So I purchased the Fastway 4' coiled cable from Amazon.
I always heard "Get the 4' for trailers and the 6' for fifth wheels."
The 4' is coiled VERY tight. I'm afraid it will pull the plug on a right hand turn.
The reviews on Amazon say to get the 6' for anything.

Anyone use one?
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Old 01-19-2019, 02:29 PM   #2
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I had a 4' for my 30' Classic and now for my FC. It takes significant pull to get the pin out of the switch.
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Old 01-19-2019, 04:28 PM   #3
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I have been using the 4' version for the last 5 or 6 years and over 100K miles with no problem. I attach to my truck on an eye bolt at the license plate.
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Okay, we can agree that the stock breakaway cable is too long.
So I purchased the Fastway 4' coiled cable from Amazon.
I always heard "Get the 4' for trailers and the 6' for fifth wheels."
The 4' is coiled VERY tight. I'm afraid it will pull the plug on a right hand turn.
The reviews on Amazon say to get the 6' for anything.

Anyone use one?
Nope I don't use, don't recommend.

Important to remember the uncoiled length needs to be short enough to engage the brakes before the chains begin to support the tongue.
Also attach the cable to the TV not the receiver.

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Old 01-19-2019, 06:26 PM   #5
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Important to remember the uncoiled length needs to be short enough to engage the brakes before the chains begin to support the tongue.
Someone better tell Airstream, because their stock cable is about 2' too long.
I tie a very loose overhand knot in mine, to keep it off the ground, but I'm still afraid it will catch on some hitch parts.

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I had a 4' for my 30' Classic and now for my FC. It takes significant pull to get the pin out of the switch.
Good to know.
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You can go to lowes or any hardware store and find the crimps for the cable and make it the correct length for your rig. The breakaway pin should pull out before the safety chains are fully extended.
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I’m new to this trailering business so please excuse my ignorance. But what happens should the safety chain get pulled during towing? Do the trailer brakes lock up completely, bringing truck and trailer to a screeching halt?
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I’m new to this trailering business so please excuse my ignorance. But what happens should the safety chain get pulled during towing? Do the trailer brakes lock up completely, bringing truck and trailer to a screeching halt?
I believe you meant: what happens if the breakaway cable is pulled...

All of the trailer wheels should immediately lock.
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Someone better tell Airstream, because their stock cable is about 2' too long.
I tie a very loose overhand knot in mine, to keep it off the ground, but I'm still afraid it will catch on some hitch parts.

Good to know.
That surprises you😳, they build not tow 'em.👍

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I am puzzled. Why would you want to lock up the wheels before accidental separation of the TT and chains? The breakaway switch is to stop a runaway trailer before it hits somebody or something. If the chains are crossed under the trailer tongue they will support the tongue if the shank (stinger) fails. You would then make a normal gentle stop of the TT & TV. A breakaway stop would be a jerk and probably cause the chains to break. Then you would have a runaway.
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I had a utility trailer pop off the ball once (no brakes). While the chains held, the tongue hit the pavement, bounce up and speared the lift gate of my SUV. If the trailer had brakes, it would have been tugging hard to stop, not slamming into my automobile.

Also should add that many Airstream trailer chains are welded to a single point under the tongue, thus making it impossible to cross the chains.
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I had a utility trailer pop off the ball once (no brakes). While the chains held, the tongue hit the pavement, bounce up and speared the lift gate of my SUV. If the trailer had brakes, it would have been tugging hard to stop, not slamming into my automobile.

Also should add that many Airstream trailer chains are welded to a single point under the tongue, thus making it impossible to cross the chains.
I also had a utility trailer come off the ball. Chains held, easy stop, pretty much a non-event. Your chains were too short.
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Also should add that many Airstream trailer chains are welded to a single point under the tongue, thus making it impossible to cross the chains.
Not mine...🤔
They cross fine👍

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OK I have to tell a story here. A friend of mine and I were crossing the Kingston Rhinecliff bridge in New York over the Hudson River one sunny summer day. He was driving when I noticed a car, 2 cars in front of us running into the curb. This happened several times over the next quarter mile. Couldn't figure out what was going on. Now this is over 200 feet to the water. I thought someone was trying to runoff the bridge. We finally got to the other side and realized there was an old couple in a car sitting on an equipment trailer. The trailer came loose from a dump truck going the other way and with the tongue on the ground came over to our lane and this couples car went right onto the trailer. There were ramps on the other side of the trailer that kept them from going right off the other side. Now on the trailer. they just rolled down the lane bouncing off the curb until the trailer came to a halt. Can you imagine being in that car banging into the curb 200 feet up with no control. We stopped and helped them out. They were white as ghosts. The truck came back a few minutes later. Can't imagine what they were thinking during that ride. I doubt the truck even had safety chains but I'll bet that driver checks them from now on.
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