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Old 04-13-2011, 09:13 AM   #1
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Charge line breaker stuck open

I found what I believe is a charge line breaker at the umbilical entrance in the front of my 1973 International. It was stuck open and I couldn't get the vehicle charge into the trailer until I bypassed this.

Do I need to have a circuit breaker between tow vehicle battery and the trailer (blue wire)?

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Old 04-13-2011, 09:20 AM   #2
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The chances are that if your TV is a factory wired that there is a fuse in the line from the vehicle.. A replacement breaker for the trailer should be available at any auto parts and probably less than $5.00.. I would travel with it bypassed if need be but would replace it at a convenient time
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I found what I believe is a charge line breaker at the umbilical entrance in the front of my 1973 International. It was stuck open and I couldn't get the vehicle charge into the trailer until I bypassed this.

Do I need to have a circuit breaker between tow vehicle battery and the trailer (blue wire)?

I attached a picture in case I am wrong, and this is something different.
You need a circuit breaker. They are available at Auto parts or RV parts stores. It appears to be one that self resets.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:18 AM   #4
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You need the breaker.

Without the breaker, if the 7 way or umbilical shorts out, the umbilical cord could catch on fire and ignite whatever is around it. That can happen if the cord gets pinched somewhere during a turn or in a collision.
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