Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-27-2015, 11:52 AM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
2015 30' Flying Cloud
Westport , Connecticut
Join Date: Jan 2015
Posts: 55
Images: 1
Broken cable for the brake/break away

Hi everyone:

23 days til take off from CT! Wow. Feels so exciting!

Our beauty, (R)o(V)er is getting all dolled up and ready to go.
Okay, she's not REALLY that precious, I just like words.

Here's a problem. The brake away (or is it break away??) cable BROKE! Yikes. Don't want to leave without fixing that important piece.

Advice greatly appreciated.

Best,
Kira
__________________

__________________
KiraR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2015, 12:13 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
AWCHIEF's Avatar
 
2006 23' Safari SE
Biloxi , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 8,138
Images: 33
Easy fix. Get a piece of wire and replace it.
__________________

__________________
MICHAEL

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
AWCHIEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2015, 12:34 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
AnnArborBob's Avatar
 
2014 27' FB Eddie Bauer
Chelsea , Michigan
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 1,769
Images: 12
Not only is it an easy fix as mentioned previously, it would also be illegal and potentially very dangerous to tow the trailer without this important safety feature working properly.

__________________
Bob Martel
WBCCI# 5766
AnnArborBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2015, 01:54 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
1974 Argosy 20
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Kooskia , Idaho
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 4,591
Any decent RV parts place will have replacement cables for your break away switch, and if not, a new switch is still cheap and easy to install. There are several different ones used, if possible take your old one along to compare.

I do not recommend trying to repair the original cable.
__________________
idroba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2015, 04:59 PM   #5
retired USA/USAF

 
2001 30' Excella
Somerset , New Jersey
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,157
Lowes & HD have the stuff also. They have a soft coupler that you can slip on and then with a cold chisel tap it shut to crimp to the cable. Cheap and easy.
__________________
Roger in NJ

" Democracy is the worst form of government. Except for all the rest"
Winston Churchill 1948

TAC - NJ 18

polarlyse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2015, 06:33 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
AStreamNerds's Avatar
 
2015 25' FB Flying Cloud
Manassas , Virginia
Join Date: Mar 2015
Posts: 556
Images: 6
order a new cable from Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Fastway-80-01-...reakaway+cable
__________________
You Tube Channel "Airstream Nerds":
https://www.youtube.com/c/airstreamnerds

Find Us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/airstream.nerds.7
AStreamNerds is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2015, 07:04 PM   #7
Moderator
 
Kevin245's Avatar

 
Vintage Kin Owner
... , ...
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 9,390
Images: 9
I'd just replace the entire switch. For what you'll spend in effort and money you'll end up saving money and know that your switch is functioning properly.
__________________

"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
Old 06-28-2015, 12:58 PM   #8
3 Rivet Member
 
greenflag's Avatar
 
2016 30' International
Currently Looking...
Quartz Hill , California
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 142
Get a Fastway cable mentioned in previous post. I replaced two previous cables before getting Fastway. Problem solved. I never drug another cable.
__________________
greenflag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2015, 01:17 PM   #9
3 Rivet Member
 
2014 20' Flying Cloud
Watertown , Massachusetts
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 167
on our last trip

On our last trip, we got home and realized that the cable had been dragging and worn completely through! After that we got one of the coiled ones and put it on, although we had to shorten it a bit. According to a recent article in the AS magazine, the stretched out cable is only supposed to be 5 or 6 inches longer than the chains.

The original one that came with the (new) trailer was much longer than that, and because it didn't coil up, it dragged easily. We had coiled it up a little bit ourselves and secured the coil with twisty ties, only to keep it from dragging, but apparently that didn't work.
__________________
sallye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2015, 02:22 PM   #10
2 Rivet Member
 
Cousin Eddie's Avatar
 
2015 23' FB Flying Cloud
2003 25' Safari
Forestville , California
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 60
Images: 3
Buy and install a new switch. They generally cost less than $20. When mounting the new switch, do not tighten the lock nut completely. The switch must move freely from side to side. Any trailer repair place should have the part.
__________________
Bob, Julie & Punkin
Cousin Eddie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2015, 02:58 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
HowieE's Avatar
 
1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,814
Images: 12
You can make a new cable odds are if you buy one it will be the wrong length. but so far no one has given any information on how long it should be. If the cable was long enough to drag on the ground and ware through the original was installed wrong and far too long.

The cable should be of a length that it will pull the pin before the chains go tight if the hitch fails. That ensures that the trailer brakes are set as it brakes free of the TV. If not and you attempt to stop the TV the trailer will overtake you and it is bigger than your are.

I like to route the through a D clip in the top hole of the hitch drop bar. This ensures that it is at the pivot point and is kept away from anything it could snag on and prematurely pull the pin. I also route the umbilical cord through that D ring fr he same reason.
__________________
WBCCI 12156 AIR 3144 WACHUNG TAC NJ6
2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2015, 03:18 PM   #12
Rivet Master
 
AWCHIEF's Avatar
 
2006 23' Safari SE
Biloxi , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 8,138
Images: 33
This is what my trailer has. The coiled cord works well to keep from dragging .

http://www.amazon.com/Fastway-80-01-...5522494&sr=1-1
__________________
MICHAEL

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
AWCHIEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2015, 03:24 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
HowieE's Avatar
 
1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,814
Images: 12
I am sorry Mike rethink that. 4ft of cable with 2 ft. of chains. Think through a failure and what would have to happen to have that cable pull the pin.
__________________
WBCCI 12156 AIR 3144 WACHUNG TAC NJ6
2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2015, 03:37 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
AWCHIEF's Avatar
 
2006 23' Safari SE
Biloxi , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 8,138
Images: 33
It's all good. Nothing to lose any sleep about. At the most is it is closer to three ft and the switch sits at least 18 inches from the attachment under the bumper.
__________________

__________________
MICHAEL

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
AWCHIEF 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
Hook Emergency Break-away cable to what? OB Bambi Brakes & Brake Controllers 16 08-18-2011 04:35 PM
Break away brake cable Cap-N-Red On The Road... 26 04-10-2011 04:10 PM
Break away brake cable glogeo Hitches, Couplers & Balls 2 09-23-2010 04:57 PM
Break-away cable broke... crazylev On The Road... 9 08-16-2004 07:24 PM
Break Away Brake Switch davespann Brakes & Brake Controllers 1 07-30-2003 09:22 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:17 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.