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Old 01-26-2015, 05:01 AM   #1
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Breakaway Cable

Just curious...where in the TV do y'all attach the breakaway cable for a 5th wheel?
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:09 AM   #2
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I lock mine to the release handle so it won't disappear at the hands of a prankster.
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I always just dropped mine over the release handle. Never had a problem. Always check it and the entire 5th wheel assembly before pulling out.

I had heard of people pulling the release handle at rest areas, never happened to me.
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Below the release handle. Never had anyone pull it out but I did take a tight turn and the cable got pinched. Pulled the pin out and brakes locked up. Luckily we were in the campground so we weren't moving fast. Took a few minutes to figure it out. But when I did, Dah!
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Those are all logical places to fasten the breakaway cable, but the reason I asked is the tech at the dealership who walked me through hooking up (this is our first fiver) said the breakaway should not be attached to the hitch in the unlikely event the hitch would come loose from the bed of the truck. However, every video I have seen on hooking up and everyone I asked said they hooked it to the hitch somewhere.
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When I towed with my dually, I had a piece of cable attached to one of the base rails. I would attach the breakaway to that cable. Now that I tow with a B&W companion hitch, I no longer have base rails. My truck has cargo tie-down hooks in each corner of the bed. I attach it to one of them.
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When I had a stock bed I hooked it to the rails for the hitch. Early on I hooked it to the bed side and it pulled out when I turned into fuel station. Stopped me too. Needs to be in center of bed and hitch or rails about only thing there. One could mount a ubolt to bed and hook to that.
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There are tie down eyes on the front corners of my pickup bed. I have a setup with two carabiners and a length of chain. One end goes to one of the pickup bed tie downs. The other end goes to the breakaway cable. That way if the hitch does fail the breakaway switch will activate.
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Close the handle on the B&W lock with break away cable attached.
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Close the handle on the B&W lock with break away cable attached.
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I connect to the hitch. Every time I do it I think there has to be a better place but there really is not one. I do use the curly zip dee cable that stays up off the bed and does not get caught on anything.

The old brake cable got caught on the base of my hitch once and pulled out. Lucky I was moving slow.

Anyway if your safety cable pulls out you need to reconnect it while the 5th wheel is sitting on the truck so you do not have a lot of room to work. You will be a an odd angle also trying to figure out how the plastic pin goes back in and what force to use to push it...ugh
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If the pin pulls out accidentally while moving, it can be a pressure-packed situation when in the middle of traffic. Yes, it is hard to reach and hard to put back in, but knowing that it only goes back in in 2 of the 4 possible positions makes it a sure thing on at least the 2nd attempt. Odd angles, tight space--all too true, especially for a short fat guy...
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Many years ago I ran a tow service and was often a first responder when cars,trailers, trucks, and semis, were off the road and we had to get them out. I saw way too many 5ers with the hitch ripped out of a truck and as a consequence, the damage wrought by an out of control 5er with no brakes. They are a 15,000 lb missile on 4 wheels that explode in a million little pieces and destroys anything they run into. Then, the 75lb propane tanks fly out and often crash right through what's up front. Do NOT attach your brake lanyard to the hitch. Use a carabiner to attach the lanyard to the bed somewhere like the middle stake pocket, just not the hitch!
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