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Old 07-30-2007, 10:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Break Away switch...

Any ideas on one to use? I don't need a full unit as I am going to wire my winch battery for dual duty.
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Old 07-30-2007, 02:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Any ideas on one to use? I don't need a full unit as I am going to wire my winch battery for dual duty.
I hate break-away.... I don't care if it's required by law. I put the goober in it's hole and cut the pull cable so it wont get caught on anything.

That fawking cable is guaranteed to get caught / pinched / pulled - and generally find away to fawk you over while making life miserable in tight parking lots.



There... I feel better.
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Old 07-30-2007, 02:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I had a switch (one that came on the trailer) short out in a tunnel and lock the brakes. That was awesome. Talk about smoking tires. No where to stop, had to continue. The dealer put a new one on, not sure which brand but it has done better.
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Old 07-30-2007, 07:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Any of the plain break-away switches are fine to use. I like the plastic ones from Tekonsha and ......oh hell, the other brand......crap! I can't remember. Oh well, they all work fine. I like the plastic one because the metal is just one more thing that can cause or give a spot for a short.

Been towing a while now. Not as many years as I have miles under my belt. I've never had one pull out on me by accident in a tight turn, or had the cable break or drag into two pieces. You have to set them up just like safety chains. If you do it right, they won't drag, and they won't get to tight. I'm not saying that anyone here did something wrong, shit happens. I have people come in all the time for just a cable because they did drag there's. Not a big deal.

Yes, by law if you have electric brakes then you have to have a break-away switch. And yes, I personally do believe in them.
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Any ol' one will do.

Can't say I've ever had a problem with my breakaway cable snagging on something and pulling out.. Tight corners or otherwise.

I have had the breakaway plastic key sieze in to the switch though. Those that have them, check them and the battery regularly.
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When you do pull the pin on your break away switch, make sure the trailer plug is unplugged. Power backfeeding into the controller can destroy some controllers. In worst cases, burn up the controller and really start fires!! I've seen two trucks with burned up dashboards.
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Mine the cable was fine, just shorted internally... .Took a while to diagnose. Wonder if thats what burned the factory brake controller up in the Ford?

Hmm, it wasn't long after before the dash caught fire.

Thats kind of scary glad they covered it under warranty.
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