My breakaway brake cable broke - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Problem Solving | Owners helping each other
Click Here to Login

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-04-2019, 02:55 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Porterville, California
Trailer: 2018 21 ft
Posts: 176
My breakaway brake cable broke

How do I replace my breakaway brake cable on my Escape 21 ft trailer? I discovered when I unhitched that the cable wire had broke completely in to. I tried to pull the broken one out but it did not come out. Do I need to take it to an rv service center?
__________________

__________________
Sandy
2018 Escape 21 ft.
2016 Ford F-150 3.5 v6 Eco boost
Porterville, CA
Sandyb12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 03:04 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Greg A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Trailer: 2015 Escape 19 "Seventy Degrees"
Posts: 2,687
Sandy,
Home depot has the cable. Just cut off current cable, take it in and have them match it up and get the ferrules needed to close the loops on each end. They just mash down with pliers, but they can show you what you need. It's an easy and inexpensive job once your familiar with how it works.
__________________

Greg A is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 03:11 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Iowa Dave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Benton County, Iowa
Trailer: 2013 Escape 21 Classic Number 6, pulled by 2018 Toyota Highlander
Posts: 3,780
Get coated cable if they have it 1/8 or 7/64. If you cannot close the ferrule with piers use vise grips and take incremental bites or big channel locks.
Iowa Dave
__________________
Strike while the iron is hot. Live every day as if it were your last and one day you will be right.
Dave
Iowa Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 03:15 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Porterville, California
Trailer: 2018 21 ft
Posts: 176
Greg A and Iowa Dave, I will go to Home Depot for the cable. Thank you both for the help.
__________________
Sandy
2018 Escape 21 ft.
2016 Ford F-150 3.5 v6 Eco boost
Porterville, CA
Sandyb12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 04:39 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
fudge_brownie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Janesville, WI, Wisconsin
Trailer: Escape 19 (sold) Escape 21 2014
Posts: 1,393
My breakaway cable was installed by Escape. The cable is woven into the safety chains. I believe there is even a knot somewhere on the breakaway cable. Is this standard? Is there not some skill in doing this and still getting the cable to the proper length that the trailer brakes are applied in the case of an uncoupling?
__________________
Paul and Janet Braun
2003 Toyota 4Runner V8 now 2012 Toyota Sequoia V8
Escape 19' 2010 now 2014 Escape 21'
fudge_brownie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 05:03 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
EdColorado's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Front Range, Colorado
Trailer: 2018 21’ The Last Hurrah
Posts: 331
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sandyb12 View Post
Greg A and Iowa Dave, I will go to Home Depot for the cable. Thank you both for the help.
While you are there, look in the section where they sell towing hardware.
You might just find one like this. All neat and tidy.

https://www.amazon.com/Fastway-Foot-...s%2C161&sr=8-1
__________________
Drive slowly. Stop often.
EdColorado is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 05:48 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Trailer: 2013 Li'l Hauley
Posts: 203
Quote:
Originally Posted by EdColorado View Post
While you are there, look in the section where they sell towing hardware.
You might just find one like this. All neat and tidy.

https://www.amazon.com/Fastway-Foot-...s%2C161&sr=8-1
A breakaway cable that's less likely to break. Am I the only one who sees the irony?
Mike G is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 05:50 PM   #8
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by fudge_brownie View Post
My breakaway cable was installed by Escape. The cable is woven into the safety chains. I believe there is even a knot somewhere on the breakaway cable. Is this standard? Is there not some skill in doing this and still getting the cable to the proper length that the trailer brakes are applied in the case of an uncoupling?
Weaving the cable through the safety chains is not how it should be installed and it defeats its purpose. If your trailer became unhitched and both the safety chains broke (highly unlikely) the breakaway cable would just break at the tow vehicle instead of pulling out of the brake activation switch on the trailer.
__________________
Steve and Tali plus Dogs: Reacher and Lucy
2008 Outlaw Oliver Legacy Elite
2014 Outlaw Oliver Legacy Elite II

2017 Silverado High Country 2500HD Diesel 4x4
scubarx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2019, 07:42 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Felton, California
Trailer: 2018 21' ; 2014 Escape 19' (Sold)
Posts: 1,113
Escape installed our break-away cable just like fudge_ brownie's (wasn't hooked up like that on 19'). The first thing we're doing when we return from our current trip is to rectify that problem.
__________________

Jan

We do not remember days, we remember moments.
- Cesare Pavese
CADreamin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-2019, 05:05 AM   #10
Site Team
 
padlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Southwick, Massachusetts
Trailer: 5.0 TA #6, 2012 F150 EB
Posts: 5,208
Quote:
Originally Posted by EdColorado View Post
While you are there, look in the section where they sell towing hardware.
You might just find one like this. All neat and tidy.

https://www.amazon.com/Fastway-Foot-...s%2C161&sr=8-1
I use one of these on the 5.0TA. I connect to one of the truck bed tie downs and found the original way too long. Cut it back and attached the pig tail to it.

For bumper pulls, I'm of the school where the emergency cable should be a tad shorter then the chains. The brakes should actuate if the trailer comes off the ball. Here's a good video on it. If you watch it, campers with an on board battery, don't need the auxiliary one he talks about.

__________________

__________________
Happy Motoring
Bob
padlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:52 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.