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Old 06-25-2015, 10:27 PM   #15
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Never thought about the breakaway cable being attached to the hitch. Losing the hitch with no break away action could definitely happen. I am using a tow dolly but the same scenario could happen with the added stresses of a drop hitch. For what it's worth, Winnebago states nothing more than 4" of rise or drop. I had to go with 5" to get things to line up correctly. I need to look for a different spot to connect the break away cable.
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Old 06-25-2015, 10:55 PM   #16
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Too many people get wrapped over whether something is legal or illegal (in the example of whether supplemental brakes are needed) and don't think enough about whether or not it is a good idea! For me, it's a no brainer. Use supplemental brakes, and emergency cables, and a deadman cable/switch not attached to hitch assembly . . . But then I'm always pessimistic about mechanical stuff, expecting it to break at the worst possible time. Comes from having flown helicopters in the Army for a living.
Great post! The breakaway cable must (according to Indiana law) be attached to the tow vehicle frame, not the hitch. If the towed vehicle/trailer weighs more than 2,000# it must have a working supplemental braking system. It's astounding how many Indiana drivers don't know about these laws. OTOH, could be they just don't care.
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Old 06-26-2015, 09:35 AM   #17
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Just wondering how many of these problems are from ignorance or from a just don't care. And along these lines how many stop, rest stop, every hour or so for a quick pottie or just sit there for hours until it's a wet your pants emergency stop and while doing so do a tire and hitch safety check. Many RVers are up in age and need the break and walk around for circulation and fatigue releaf. So why not a safety check on tow systems, a shake here a wiggle three could make a big difference in catching potential problems. I know I stretch it too but should we.

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Old 06-26-2015, 10:12 AM   #18
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We hooked up the toad in Corpus Christi heading home. After about an hour of driving we stopped to stretch and walk the dog. As I passed the tow bar I glanced at the pins and took a couple of more steps and came to a screeching halt. One of the safety clips was missing from one of the pins and the pin was half way out. I had spare safety pins, installed one and all was ok. Problem is I know I installed that pin and I know I installed it correctly. So what happened to the pin? I now use bright pink combination locks and DW and I cross check each other and I do a hands on (actually touch every lock, pin and connection) inspection at every stop.
Also my breakaway cable is attached to the frame not the hitch. I started doing that with my first TT.
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Old 06-26-2015, 10:27 AM   #19
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For what it's worth, Winnebago states nothing more than 4" of rise or drop.
And yet RoadMaster & Blue Ox say use whatever rise or drop needed to keep within 3" up or down from base plate pins to receiver hitch center.
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One of the safety clips was missing from one of the pins and the pin was half way out.
Good reason that I use a key lock on both receiver hitch to MH, tow bar to receiver drop/rise hitch and both connections on toad base plate to tow bar.

In case of fire I carry full insurance on both MH & toad.
In case there is not enough time to unlock the one lock on the tow bar

Toad also has supplemental air brakes & brake away connection plus steel cables.
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Old 06-26-2015, 03:36 PM   #20
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When we first started towing, I wondered about the hitch breaking and the cable not being activated. What I did and still do is Have a chain looped around the frame that I hook the break away cable to.
We also bought a Brake Buddy at that time. I believe in planning for what can happen. Our dolly (Demco Kar Kaddy) has brakes as well.
It is plain foolish to tow without supplemental brakes in my opinion.
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Took a look into this when loading the Vue for the return trip from WV yesterday. The break away cable is not long enough to reach the frame without being activated on every left turn so I will also have to install a chain or attachment point on the frame.
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