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Old 09-14-2010, 07:21 PM   #1
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Hooking Break-Away brake cable

We just moved up from a travel trailer to a fifth wheel trailer. I am wondering where everyone hooks their break-away cable. The dealer said not to hook to fifth wheel hitch, and make sure where you do hook it doesn't get pulled when turning. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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Old 09-14-2010, 08:19 PM   #2
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Well, mine is simply slipped under the lock pin for the release lever. Works just fine IMHO.

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Usually lock my release handle and attach the safety cord there. Lot of people insist that it should be attached to the truck, not the hitch, in case you lose the hitch. That makes sense, and I'll probably do it that way as soon as I figure out a good way to attach it.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:31 AM   #4
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Easy to install and hook to, no more on tip toes to hook - unhook it, and it's attached to the truck as it should be.
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Old 09-27-2010, 05:28 PM   #5
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Mines to an eye bolt mounted to the frame of the hitch, figure if the hitch is tore out on the mounts in the bed it won’t be upright when it happens.

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Old 09-28-2010, 03:19 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the ideas. We just returned from our first trip and I hooked it to the hitch bed rails.

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Old 09-28-2010, 06:02 PM   #7
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When I did have a 5er, I used the lock hole on the hitch one of those snap ring clamps. I also hooked a short bungee to the cable and the king pin frame. It kept it from getting tangled.

Has anyone ever lost a hitch when traveling?
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:13 PM   #8
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Have a hitch Reese which has a safety catch to hold the release lever which I always keep padlocked. Just fastener cable to hitch with the padlock
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I hook mine to the padlock on the release handle. With a SuperGlide, which turns with the pin box, that eliminates the possibility of a turn stretching the cable and pulling the brake pin. And not even Godzilla could tear the hitch loose from the frame.
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I use one of those removable pins used to secure the hitch to the mounting rails. I use an unused hole in the rail, slip a D-Ring into the slot and hold it in place with the pin. The D-Ring is now attached to the mounting rail. I then connect the break away cable to the D-Ring

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