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Old 06-14-2016, 06:27 PM   #1
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Moving a breakaway switch


I just ordered a weight distribution hitch for my trailer and I just realized the frame brackets need to install right where the current breakaway switch is installed. My question is should I just cut the wires and remove the breakaway switch then remount it somewhere else or should I purchase a new breakaway switch and re-run the new wires that come with it and tie it into the trailer brakes?


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Old 06-14-2016, 06:33 PM   #2
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No problem re-locating the current switch .

BUT : Match the wire size and solder your connections and shrink wrap the joints. The safety factor provided by the break-away switch is the last thing you want to trust to a butt connector or two or four.

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Whichever choice you make the point of arresting corrosion is a valid one. I'd be surprised though if the original splice you find was soldered.
I've found some "flowing silicone windshield sealant" that seals most splices and wire joints very well.

Some light spray silicone works well on the harness plugs, bulb sockets, as well as that b-a switch plunger.

Do keep in mind if re-wiring, that the break-away (b-a) brake is powered by your house battery(s) 12V circuit and not the TV harness.

I wonder if anyone ever tests their B-A brakes periodically ??

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Thanks for the advice everyone.
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Old 06-22-2016, 05:27 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reminder mtn trek.
Just checked my breakaway switch and it doesn't work at all. I will be checking switch tomorrow .
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Old 06-27-2016, 06:48 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by MtnTrek View Post
I wonder if anyone ever tests their B-A brakes periodically ??

Happy trails.
I was making a turn off the highway into a parking lot when all of a sudden I came to a quick stop! Turns out I attached the breakaway cable too short, and thank goodness I was off the highway when it happened. Got me thinking though, if 5th became unattached from hitch, would I want the trailer brakes to come on as it would then cause the unit to slide back into the trucks tailgate. I can see with a TT as your crossed safety chains would keep it with the TV.

Ok, getting back to regular programming, X2 what has been said above re: moving BA switch.
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I find it hard to believe that there would not be a bit of slack in the wires to the switch. I hated the location that Camping World mounted my switch and moved it. All that was needed was to cut a bundle tie and redirect the wire with no need to cut either wire. Hopefully, yours will be just as easy.

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