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Old 07-01-2011, 12:18 PM   #29
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:21 PM   #30
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I said it once and I will say it again, this forum is incredible. I have been attaching my breakaway cable to my tow vechicles hitch chain attaching point...not anymore I should say. Thank you so much!!!
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:49 PM   #31
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How far must the Fastway coiled breakaway cable be pulled before it actually pulls the pin?
Can it be shortened?
This next question may bring some varied opinions: If the trailer popped off the ball, wouldn't you want the brakes to lock? Would there be too much stretch in the cable to activate the brakes?
The internet is full of passionate discussions on this. I don't think it matters much.

The thing to remember is that the breakaway brakes are a safety mechanism that provides one of many layers of protection against an accident. Breakaway breaks largely came about to protect innocent bystanders from injury from runaway trailers that became separated from their tow vehicles.

Nearly all the trailer separation accidents are caused by one of these things:
1) Ball size does not match coupler size.
2) Coupler not locked.
3) Coupler out of adjustment.
4) Badly worn coupler
5) Trailer weight exceeds hitch rating
6) Progressive failures of the hitch welds on the tow vehicle.

All this stuff can be prevented through inspection and maintenance.
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Old 07-01-2011, 01:21 PM   #32
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I too have the coiled cable with the beener on the end and find it is great. Faster to hook and unhook with the beener than the cable loop.
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Old 07-01-2011, 01:42 PM   #33
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Went and got the "Fast Way " and installed a Stailess steel 1/4 in. eye bolt in Licence plate mount instead of original scew. It threaded in perfect. Also put SS Large washer,lock washer and nut on back side so it can't pull thru.
Thank's to all for the great ideas. Now the safety cable will not tangle with chain or Power Cable and have its own dedicated clip "Point"
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Old 07-01-2011, 02:14 PM   #34
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I saw a trailer getting ready for delivery at camping world one day and the breakaway switch was through the chain. I have a habit of a quick glance, to see if the hook-up is proper, ie; chains crossed, break-away sw. hooked to tow vehicle and a pin or lock through the ball latch. There was a whole page in the B.B about a year ago.Also we have a safety officer in our unit who keeps us informed on all the latest safety procedures.
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Old 07-01-2011, 03:38 PM   #35
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I've used the Fast Way coil for the past three years. I put a i-bolt thru the hole for the ball hitch on the bumper of the truck - it had a little plastic cover to hide it.
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Old 07-01-2011, 05:35 PM   #36
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Okay, just for S&G, I walked down one row of our storage lot. I took photos of each tongue that had the cable routed through the chain...
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Old 07-01-2011, 05:37 PM   #37
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Oh, and this Airstream didn't even have a breakaway switch, at 30+ feet, it certainly needs one:
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Old 07-01-2011, 05:53 PM   #38
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We previously towed a 30' TT for years, never knew not to attach the breakaway cable to the hitch. Thanks for the informative posts!
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:27 PM   #39
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How far must the Fastway coiled breakaway cable be pulled before it actually pulls the pin?
Can it be shortened?
This next question may bring some varied opinions: If the trailer popped off the ball, wouldn't you want the brakes to lock? Would there be too much stretch in the cable to activate the brakes?
I shortened mine by coiling mine in a circle and taping it in the middle.
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:52 PM   #40
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For all those that haven't checked to see if the switch will do it's job.
I purchased a switch when I was installing my pu as a toad and when I tested it, the manufacturer had put the arrow label on upside down making the switch inorperative if I didn't catch it. When I called the manufacturer his exact words were "not many were sent out that way, but I will check those in stock". He definitely wasn't surprise by my call.
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:22 PM   #41
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When we bought ours, it had the breakaway cable routed through one of the chains. Sigh. It had also been shortened a couple times using wiring crimp connectors, and the previous owner was hooking it to the hitch.

I got curious, and pulled it as hard as I could...and the cable came apart at one of the crimp connectors, instead of pulling the emergency pin. So, when everything else is going to hell, my last line of defense would fail. I was annoyed...and glad that I'd checked it.

Off to Lowes, where we ended up buying the tool to crimp cable connectors, along with a length of cable and the crimps. I made a new, shorter cable, put a new end on it, and tested it - this time, the pin pulled. The F-250 conveniently has a eyelet hanging down from the bumper (above the hitch) that presumably is for exactly this purpose. Works perfectly, and we feel MUCH safer.

Page 14 of the June, 2011 edition of the "Blue Beret" (currently here, but this link will break in a few weeks) has a picture of WHY hooking the breakaway cable to the hitch itself is a bad idea.

(The previous owner wasn't crossing the chains either. He said they were a bit too long so he'd twist them, which reduces its strength. When I crossed them, the length was perfect.)
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