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Old 03-18-2017, 09:37 AM   #1
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hill parking?

parking on a hill, is it wise to pull the break away switch to lock the brakes & if so how do you reset it?

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Old 03-18-2017, 09:57 AM   #2
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Good question, however, more information would be helpful. Is this question based on a real life situation? If so were your forced to park on a hill (i.e. Some kind of emergency situation), were you unhitched? How big a hill? I'm guessing if you are wondering about pulling the break away switch you are unhitched?

For whatever this comment is worth: We've never parked, hitched or unhitched, on a hill.


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Old 03-18-2017, 10:02 AM   #3
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If you're thinking of pulling the breakaway cord, I'd suggest getting some extra plastic pin bits for it. Least that was the suggestion my instructor gave me for when I test ours. that way, if it breaks, I have a replacement piece as otherwise it won't work.
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:18 AM   #4
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The trailer brakes are operated by the trailer battery. If you pull the pin you will be depleting your battery.
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:19 AM   #5
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The breakaway switch is designed as an emergency device. It puts the trailer's 12V battery (assuming you are disconnected from the tow vehicle) directly on the brake magnet coils, drawing 3-4 amps per brake continuously. This will overheat the coils in the brakes & quickly drain your batteries.

Use your chocks, or leave the trailer connected to the tow vehicle.
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Old 03-18-2017, 10:27 AM   #6
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My trailer is parked on a hill all the time, my driveway. I just use wedge chocks, and X-chocks and have never had a problem.

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