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Old 08-18-2021, 06:48 PM   #41
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Originally Posted by dog_and_cat View Post
All things considered, the quote above sold me to go with a shorter brake cable. I picture myself in a situation where a sudden, massively disruptive event happens at the hitch. I'd want to have full control of the wheel and be steering the whole mess to a safe spot with the trailer brakes engaged.
This is an old thread. Because of that fewer people will see the post.

I am aware of only two events (reported on this forum) where the trailer was disconnected from the TV.
Control was not part of either event. In one the TV rolled and so did the trailer. Tire contact with the roadway was non existent. The other event was an impact of the trailer. I forget what part of the trailer came free and the TV and trailer were no longer connected in anyway.

While this type event is extremely rare. (And even more rare in recent decades) Safety chains were designed for when the trailer tongue comes unhitched. And is a means to keep the parts together. For that situation a longer electrical cord would be desired so the operator could operate the trailer brakes. Otherwise (in theory) if the trailer leaves the TV the trailer brakes are supposed to be activated by the trailer battery and the brake switch up front. In reality, it doesn't matter. It is gonna be a really bad day.

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