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Old 05-25-2014, 01:09 PM   #1
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Breakaway Switch Question

Will the breakaway switch work and engage the trailer brakes if the battery on the trailer is cut off via an interior cut-off switch? This is when connected to the tow vehicle via the power cord. I generally use the cutoff switch when storing the trailer, but since it is located underneath my bed, I have been crawling underneath and "turning it back on" before traveling.
I am wondering if I can just leave it in the "off" position safely.
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Old 05-25-2014, 01:52 PM   #2
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Good question and I will add to that: when towing should the battery switch be on to assure proper charging from the tow vehicle. We also plan to keep the fridge in battery mode while towing so will have the switch on for that purpose: which led me to wonder if the master on/off switch also eliminated all charging if in the off position
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Old 05-25-2014, 02:18 PM   #3
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While I still don't have an answer to my original question, I do believe that the battery does not charge (nor discharge) when the cut-off switch is in the "off" position and is charged while traveling in the "on" position. I also believe that it is charged when hooked up to shore power (and switch is in the "on" position).
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I considered a 3-way fridge so I could run on 12V while traveling, until it was explained to me that should I leave a campsite with a depleted battery, drive to the next campsite with the fridge on 12V, I would still have a depleted battery when I arrived. The tow vehicle is only capable of providing power to the fridge. There is none left over to get to the battery.
Some travel with fridge on propane and some ( like me ) just shut it off. Stays cold enough for five hours or more, if you don't open the door.
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I was under the impression new trailer were required to have the brakeaway switches that have their own battery, as opposed to the older models that use the trailers 12v.
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Since mine is a 2009, I wonder if it has its own battery. I may have to call ETI for that one. (If Glenn doesn't have my answer.)
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I don't have a cut-off switch on my 2008, nor do I have the answer.
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I was under the impression new trailer were required to have the brakeaway switches that have their own battery, as opposed to the older models that use the trailers 12v.
Mine is a 2013 and does not have its own battery. Also like gbaglo, we just leave the fridge off. Five hours of driving and things are still cold and frozen. Never had a problem even last summer in 113 degree heat of Paso Robles.
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In lieu of testing the 12v circuit, contact ETI to determine how the circuit to the breakaway switch is wired. I wish we had basic wiring diagrams including the basic factory electrical components for our trailers.
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Thanks to you all for the responses. I figure that answer will have to come from ETI.
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