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Old 01-14-2014, 12:50 PM   #11
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.... my Mail addresses . . .
Use a gmail account, that way you never have to reload contact info again, either on a smart phone, or a computer.
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:01 PM   #12
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I have one ( or is it three? ) already. Daughter set it up, but I have a feeling that she's done it at least twice and I can't remember what my gmail address is.
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:15 PM   #13
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Next time you hook up, can you also shoot pix of how the breakaway cable should be connected to the tow vehicle?
Reace inserted the loop at the end of the cable through the pin clip and placed the loop around the hitch pin itself and then fastened the clip to the hitch pin.
Meantime, I'll be reloading, iPhoto, PhotoShop, my Mail addresses . . .
I always attach my break away cable to the same place as my chains on the hitch. If attached to the hitch pin and the pin comes out then the cable falls off defeating the purpose of the cable. Just the way I've always connected it.
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Old 01-14-2014, 01:35 PM   #14
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It's not connected to the clip. It goes through the clip and is hooked over the hitch pin. The clip is fastened and it keeps the hitch pin from going anywhere.
Even without the clip, I think it is unlikely that the pin would come out, what with the friction and weight of the tongue.
I'll have to ask Reace the reason for using the hitch pin rather than hooking it on with the chains.
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It's not connected to the clip. It goes through the clip and is hooked over the hitch pin. The clip is fastened and it keeps the hitch pin from going anywhere.
Even without the clip, I think it is unlikely that the pin would come out, what with the friction and weight of the tongue.
I'll have to ask Reace the reason for using the hitch pin rather than hooking it on with the chains.
When Reace hooked ours up he connected it along with chain, so I have always done it that way too.
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So you think a hitch height of 18" is about right? Mine is 19" and when I asked about the proper height for the 21' they told me 20". (All measured to the top of the ball.)
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Remember that the cable should be shorter then the safety chains so if the worst happens the pin will be pulled, the brakes will be applied and the trailer will still be attached to the vehicle by the safety chains and you will be able to bring everything to a safe stop.

I have seen a lot of trailers with the brake cable longer then the safety chains, if the trailer hitch were to let go in that situation the trailer would be attached to the tow vehicle and the emergency brakes would not activate... could be bad.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:40 PM   #18
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When Reace hooked ours up he connected it along with chain, so I have always done it that way too.
Well, it would be a lot easier. I think I'll do the same.
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Old 01-14-2014, 02:49 PM   #19
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I will replace the stock break away cable with one of these & not worry about tangles or knots:
Fastway Trailer Products - Fastway Zip Breakaway Cable & Switch

I connect the cable to the receiver where I attach the safety chains.
Its longer than the safety chains so if the tongue comes off the ball, it will be cradled by the chains and I'll still have brake control through the umbilical. I don't want the brakes locking up while I'm trying to get off to the side of the highway.
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:29 PM   #20
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I've had no tangles or knots in six years.
Looks like a solution in search of a problem to me.
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