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Old 09-17-2021, 08:46 PM   #1
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What to do with the breakaway switch key?

I have recently installed a Stay-n-Play Duo braking system on my F-150. I can't make up my mind what to do about the plastic key.
It is pretty noticeable and I don't want the white plastic key to "disappear" when parked in public. (see pics)
What does everyone else do about this? Can I buy an extra just in case?
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Old 09-17-2021, 08:49 PM   #2
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Mine has been on for 12 years and hasn't been touched.
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I don't have a " Stay & Play Duo " so I have to ask ; With the Stay and play powered down when driving the truck , what happens if the break away pin is removed ?

Can you pull it out when the system is powered down and leave it connected to the lanyard and the coach ?

I doubt you could get the pin , without buying the complete break away switch.

BTW. Ditto, on 11 years with the pin on my toad , and no issues.
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I don't have a " Stay & Play Duo " so I have to ask ; With the Stay and play powered down when driving the truck , what happens if the break away pin is removed ?

Can you pull it out when the system is powered down and leave it connected to the lanyard and the coach ?

I doubt you could get the pin , without buying the complete break away switch.

BTW. Ditto, on 11 years with the pin on my toad , and no issues.
You have actually suggested the easiest solution, outside of doing nothing at all. The system has an ON/OFF switch inside the car. Flip it Off, and the breakaway switch is disabled. Remove the pin and nothing happens. Simply store it inside the truck.

I also have that system and have never had a problem with the pin either.
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Have yet to hear of a breakaway pin being pulled/stolen on any of the RV forums...
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Old 09-17-2021, 09:35 PM   #6
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My breakaway switch swivels out of sight when not in use so I leave the pin in.

You can buy a spare pin but it is pricey. https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...o/SM99905.html

It is less expensive to buy a whole new breakaway switch to get a spare pin. This one has the same pin you have. https://www.recpro.com/trailer-break...safety-switch/

This pin is not exactly the same, but it does work fine in the Stay In Play Duo breakaway switch. It takes more pull for it to come out. This is the one I bought for a “just in case” spare. https://www.homedepot.com/p/CURT-Rep...2020/205632162

If you are going to remove the pin when not in use, I strongly recommend that you pull the fuse to the Stay In Play compressor box under the hood. You can imagine what would happen if the switch was inadvertently flipped while driving with the pin out.
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Old 09-17-2021, 10:15 PM   #7
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I have one like that on my car.

I was in a car wash one time that uses brushes and it got yanked out by the brushes. Guess what...You can't move your car because the brakes are locked up solid.

However, I keep a spare in the glove compartment so I put it in and drove out of the car wash and waited until the six cars that had been backed up waiting for me got done washing their cars and then I went back in and found the key that had been thrown across the car wash bay.

I now have a very small connector to pull it out with and that can't be pulled out with car wash brushes.

My advice is got get a spare key and keep it in the glove compartment. I suggest you modify that big loop to a small one.
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Cut the wire loop off and use one of these (first one) to pull the pin when necessary. You can get them on Amazon or Harbor Freight. Or, just make one.

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Personally I would probably paint it black and replace the cable loop with a black stainless steel split key ring like https://smile.amazon.com/eBoot-Keych...dp/B06VW95JGL/
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I just pull mine and carry a spare
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Thanks for all of the input. I think I will buy a spare and just leave the current one in place. I may install a small black ring in place of that cable loop to make it less noticeable. .
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I seem to remember the manufactures saying to leave the pin in to keep dirt grime and debris out of the switch
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I carry a spare of the switch key. I also have a spare air brake hose, breakaway lanyard and 7 to 6 pin cable.
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I seem to remember the manufactures saying to leave the pin in to keep dirt grime and debris out of the switch

What he said!

You definitely donít want the switch filling up with road grit and/or water. It will likely ruin the switch, possibly in ways that arenít easily visible.

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