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Old 04-18-2007, 06:55 AM   #1
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Pla help this newbie with advive as to the proper place and way to attach the brakeaway laynard to the tow vehicle
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Pla help this newbie with advive as to the proper place and way to attach the brakeaway laynard to the tow vehicle
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Old 04-18-2007, 07:04 AM   #3
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My hitch has several holes in it. I put in quick release fitting and use it to hold the end of the lanyard near the center of the truck bed.
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Old 04-18-2007, 10:54 AM   #4
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The reason for the breakaway lanyard is to activate the trailer brakes should the trailer become separated from the tow vehicle.

One way for the trailer to separate from the TV would be for a catastrophic failure of the tow hitch (not impossible, since the hitch itself is often just bolted to the TV).

If your lanyard is attached to the hitch, and the hitch falls off, your lanyard would not get pulled, and the brakes would not activate.

If possible, I recommend that you attach your lanyard to something on the tow vehicle that is not associated with the hitch. On my truck I attach it to a hole in the rear bumper (I have a tag trailer).

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Old 04-18-2007, 12:15 PM   #5
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Most hitch manufactures recommend that the hitch not be used for the reasons stated by aav6h.

I just uploaded a picture of my method, entitled "5th wheel break away cable hook"¯ in the photos, upgrades section. I will attempt to add it to this post when it is approved.



I also Installed this to make it easier to hook up the umbilical cord. Both are now readily accessible with no more standing on tiptoes or crawling under and around to hook up.

The parts are available at most RV repair departments and are clearly marked for easy assembly.
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Bob, it took longer to relearn how to put a picture in a post than it did to take, upload and get them approved. Hope they will give you and others some ideas.
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In addition to the excellent advice already posted, this is towing law in most states.
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Sorry, but I've got to ask about the umbilical cord aa6vh is referring to. What is it?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Larry B:
Sorry, but I've got to ask about the umbilical cord aa6vh is referring to. What is it? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
The electrical cord between trailer and tow vehicle.
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