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Old 11-27-2018, 09:38 AM   #1
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correct way to attach breakaway cable

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We recently picked up our new 19' at the factory, and the great people there ran us through orientation, and then hooked us up to our car.
I noticed after we left that they had attached the breakaway switch cable to the safety chain with snap ties, and then attached the cable end loop into the chain hook, which attached to the car.
This is our 4th camper, and I had been taught somewhere long ago that the switch cable should be attached directly to the vehicle, and made slightly shorter than the chain. I looked it up on you tube, and found several links that verified that is the correct way. If the trailer comes off the hitch ball, the switch cable will pull the plug on the breakaway switch and activate the trailer brakes, even though the chains are still keeping the trailer attached to the car.
This would prevent the trailer from slamming into the back of the car.

This seems logical to me; anyone have a different opinion?

I called Dave, the parts guy at Escape and he said he would look into it.......
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Old 11-27-2018, 10:09 AM   #2
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Hi: dpiano... IMHO there will be several "Correct" ways to do this. Major thing is...DO IT!!! Alf
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Old 11-27-2018, 10:13 AM   #3
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Zip tying to the safety chain if I understand this correctly would not allow the breakaway switch to operate as it’s designed, so I’m in ur camp on that being incorrectly done. The breakaway switch has to free when the ball comes out of the coupler and the trailer drops back on the safety chains. The setup you describe would prevent that until the chains break. First I’ve seen this mentioned, however, wonder if it was a one-off or they’re sending trailers out with this setup? Good that you called it in to them.
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Zip tying to the safety chain if I understand this correctly would not allow the breakaway switch to operate as it’s designed, so I’m in ur camp on that being incorrectly done. The breakaway switch has to fire when the ball comes out of the coupler and the trailer drops back on the safety chains. The setup you describe would prevent that until the chains break. First I’ve seen this mentioned, however, wonder if it was a one-off or they’re sending trailers out with this setup? Good that you called it in to them.
Escape attached the safety cable to the chains & hook on my 2017 21.
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The breakaway cable should go to a permanent part of the tow vehicle. Nothing that can break or become disconnected. This is what Escape's own manual says too. Whether it is short enough to engage the brakes when still connected to a tow vehicle by safety chains is a matter of preference I suppose. The purpose of the technology is not to protect your tow vehicle it is to protect others if your trailer were to become completely disconnected.
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:03 PM   #6
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The cable from the breakaway switch should be removed from the safety chain hook, all tie wraps removed, cable adjusted to the appropriate length and fitted with a carbiner separately attached to the tow vehicle. I have been told that the way Escape does it does not meet regulations. YMMV
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:16 PM   #7
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Breakaway carabiner

After 4 years of towing with the cable attached incorrectly, I switched a couple of months ago to using a carabiner attached to the receiver alongside the safety chain.

I am glad this is being mentioned. I fear many have been doing this wrong, probably from day one.

Sliding along on the trailer jack post foot is not the best way to stop a trailer, but it does work at 5mph in Glacier National Park, Apgar Loop A.
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:43 PM   #8
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Reace showed me how to connect the breakaway cable to the vehicle.
He first put a loop in the cable so it would not drag on the ground or get caught on anything.
He then put the end of the cable through the 'R' clip and around the pin that holds the WDH on the receiver. Then the 'R' clip was placed on the pin.
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:48 PM   #9
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The cable from the breakaway switch should be removed from the safety chain hook, all tie wraps removed, cable adjusted to the appropriate length and fitted with a carbiner separately attached to the tow vehicle. I have been told that the way Escape does it does not meet regulations. YMMV
I don't have a bumper pull, but a 5th wheel. When Dennis delivered my trailer to Sumas, he said to change the loop on the end of the break away cable to a caribner. BUT he also warned to get a GOOD carbiner and not one of those aluminum ones designed to keep your keys attached to your belt. You don't want the carbiner to break before the switch is activated. One of these days I'll go to a mountaineering shop and buy a carbiner manufactured for rock climbing...
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Old 11-27-2018, 01:24 PM   #10
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We replaced the factory supplied breakaway with one of these from Fastway. Nice.

https://www.fastwaytrailer.com/zip-breakaway-cable

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