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Old 07-03-2016, 07:19 AM   #1
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Where to hook the 5th wheel safety cable?

Recently bought a new tow vehicle - Ford F-350 with the "factory" Reese 25K hitch.

I haven't found a good spot to connect the safety cable. There aren't any holes or anything on the hitch (at least not that I've found) to connect it. I've used a D-ring and connected it to the pin that goes through the hitch release.

This works EXCEPT that there's a gap at the bottom of the hitch, where it attaches to the truck bed, and the cable gets into that gap. THEN, when turning sharply, like when backing the trailer into a space, the cable gets snagged, and pulls the pin so the trailer brakes engage.

I certainly don't want to make the cable shorter, but I don't see a good spot to attach it where it can't get snagged and is easy to get on and off.

What have others with these hitches done?
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I used to put the loop over the handle.
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MY cable on my previous 5th wheel was long enough to attach to one of the rear tie downs, in the corner of the bed.
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Old 07-03-2016, 07:46 AM   #4
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I loop mine over the handle also.
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:06 AM   #5
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There is a dedicated hole in my hitch for that.
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Old 07-04-2016, 05:44 PM   #6
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That definitely could be annoying.
I clip mine on the bail pin also but it drapes in a way that doesn't snag anything.


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Old 07-04-2016, 06:05 PM   #7
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My 25k Reese had a 3/8 hole in the rear side of the center main body which I attached a 4" i bolt and used a 2" carabiner to quick connect the cable. Seems to work well if you don't keep a lot of stuff behind the hitch.
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Another vote for the handle.
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I would contact the manufacturer of your hitch and ask about drilling a hole for this. Though it may not cause a problem hooking anything to hitch handle worries me.
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I would contact the manufacturer of your hitch and ask about drilling a hole for this. Though it may not cause a problem hooking anything to hitch handle worries me.
Why?

They are locked and are operatable in reverse of forward motion.

I would be more worried about drilling a hole in the hitch and potential warranty implications.
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Why?

They are locked and are operatable in reverse of forward motion.

I would be more worried about drilling a hole in the hitch and potential warranty implications.
That is why I stated call the manufacturer. Builder installed a hole for this from factory for my hitch.
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Thanks for the replies...

I'm currently attaching the cable to the handle, but the problem is that the cable is long enough that it hangs down far enough to go UNDER the corner of the hitch where it connects to the truck bed. Then, if we turn sharply enough, it yanks the pin out of the safety unit and activates the brakes.

The first time it happened, we didn't realize what it was. I was backing the trailer into the driveway to park, and suddenly it seemed like the truck was working harder than before. I even got out and looked to see if we'd had a trailer jack come loose or something. I didn't notice the cable pulled out.

My wife could HEAR the brakes engage(d), but didn't realize what the whining was so she didn't mention it. Fortunately, I realized what had happened, and plugged it back in...

BUT, it's a problem, and I've currently put a bungee cord on the cable to hold it up and keep it from getting under the hitch corner but I'd like to find a better way...

I checked my hitch and it doesn't have any holes anywhere - I thought there would be one and I'd attach a carabiner to it, but there aren't any holes. I LIKE the idea of attaching it to one of the bed corner tiedowns. That would be easy to get to, and may keep the cable from from getting yanked out. I've also thought about a hole somewhere, but it's not easy to get to the hitch in the bed so...

Anyhow, I'll fiddle with it 'cause it's REALLY unpleasant when that cable gets yanked out of the switch and turns on the trailer brakes!
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I had the same problem with the cable being to long, orderd a coil cable, problem solved!
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Now THAT'S COOL!!!!
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