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Old 03-05-2015, 09:26 AM   #1
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On way back to Tennessee from Florida in January we saw a Equinox with baseplate and bumper pulled off and stilled hooked to coach. Brakeway cable still hooked to bumper broke wires and did not stop car it rolled across interstate and didn't hit anything. Have read about this with Epuinox and they said have pulled it for four years with no problems.
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Theoretically the safety chains or cables should be attached to the frame of the car and not the baseplate precisely to prevent this happening. Of course that is almost impossible on today's cars but the baseplate manufacturer will say you did not follow the instructions.
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Our Blue Ox base mounting plate for our Captiva has safety cables that are connected to the base plate and wrapped around frame members of the front of our Captiva. We then also have safety cables that are connected on 1 end to our RV hitch and on the other end to the base plate on the car. So with our setup even if the base plate were to somehow come off, the safety cables would still keep things loosely attached to each other. Now if the RV hitch or the whole front frame member of our Captiva were to separate we would then have more serious problems, but you have to rely on faith somewhere in the equation. After all, I could get run over while hooking everything up, but I don't worry about that happening.
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Yikes - I need to check my connections!!!
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On my rig I've added a safety cable betweeen the hitch receiver and the chassis in case the entire receiver brakes loose, and I have a short cable that came with the base plate to do the same there, but it doesn't reach anywhere on the toad (2007 GMC Acadia) that would be helpful. Finding a place and adding a long enough cable has been on my "to do" list for almost 8 years now (I know, shame on me!). Fortunately breakaways are rare and breakaways due to base plate failure are even rarer. Most are "operator error".
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On way back to Tennessee from Florida in January we saw a Equinox with baseplate and bumper pulled off and stilled hooked to coach. Brakeway cable still hooked to bumper broke wires and did not stop car it rolled across interstate and didn't hit anything. Have read about this with Epuinox and they said have pulled it for four years with no problems.
That specific accident happened due to the brand of baseplate that was chosen to use for the Equinox. When it was installed it did NOT have additional safety cables looped around the baseplate and back to the solid part of the body.

Just make sure that you use either the Blue Ox or Roadmaster Baseplates and ensure that the safety cables are installed correctly.

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That specific accident happened due to the brand of baseplate that was chosen to use for the Equinox. When it was installed it did NOT have additional safety cables looped around the baseplate and back to the solid part of the body.

Just make sure that you use either the Blue Ox or Roadmaster Baseplates and ensure that the safety cables are installed correctly.

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Thanks for finding that link Richard. I was looking for it yesterday because the OP story sounded like that same issue. Wanted to post the link to see if the OP would say it was the same story. That's exactly the story I was thinking about, thanks!
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