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Old 10-01-2015, 06:13 AM   #1
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Angry Breakaway switch location

Da' Being distracted the other day I neglected to unhook my breakaway switch and when pulling away pulled the thing out and broke the cable . Trouble is I don't know where the switch is to fix it . Can someone help me.
I have a BH30 sunset trail
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Old 10-01-2015, 07:46 AM   #2
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Da' Being distracted the other day I neglected to unhook my breakaway switch and when pulling away pulled the thing out and broke the cable . Trouble is I don't know where the switch is to fix it . Can someone help me.
I have a BH30 sunset trail
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Without knowing what a BH30 is here goes...If it is a TT the brake away switch will be mounted on the A frame in front of the propane bottles...If it is a 5th wheel it should be on the driver side of the King Pin...Now when you say you broke the cable, do you have the cable with a black plunger looking plastic piece on the end of the cable.??? If so look for a small rectangular box with two electrical wires entering on one side with a hole on the other side...The box will be on the A frame or King pin...Next push the plastic plunger on the brake away cable into the hole on the electrical box...That should fix your brake away problem...
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Old 10-01-2015, 09:19 AM   #3
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Pulled plunger out and broke the cable I do have the plunger though
Thanks for the help I'll look at it this week end guess I can make a cable from what I have left or get one at a RV place
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:24 AM   #4
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That is a travel trailer. Look along the RIGHT A-frame rail as you face the front of the camper (YOUR right). Should be a box where plunger goes in the front. About 2" x 4".
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:29 AM   #5
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Thanks Ill be looking this week end when i get to the camper
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Hope I'm wrong but if the plunger is left pulled out, aren't his brake solenoids being left energized?
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Old 10-01-2015, 11:10 AM   #7
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Honda - your right unless there is a battery disconnect installed.
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I once broke a breakaway cable because I wasn't watching where my tongue jack was going while cranking it. For expediency, I replaced the steel cable with a nylon cord until I got to a dealer. I asked them to replace the cable. They replaced, and I paid for, a whole new switch, with new plunger and cable. Seems they "couldn't" fabricate a simple wire cable.
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Hope I'm wrong but if the plunger is left pulled out, aren't his brake solenoids being left energized?

So what does that exactly mean . will I have a problem ?
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Hope I'm wrong but if the plunger is left pulled out, aren't his brake solenoids being left energized?

So what does that exactly mean . will I have a problem ?
Yes. The breakaway switch routes battery power directly to the brakes when the plunger is pulled. The brakes draw a lot of current. If your trailer is not plugged in to shore power, the battery by now is surely dead. If you plugged your TT into shore power when parked, your converter is (was?) working feverishly to keep the battery charged while such a drain is occurring. Unless of course, you disconnected the battery when you parked it, and if you're not familiar with this wiring and circuit, then I'm guessing you probably didn't.
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Hope I'm wrong but if the plunger is left pulled out, aren't his brake solenoids being left energized?

So what does that exactly mean . will I have a problem ?
My concern is the solenoids are not designed to be energized that long and will burn out.
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Old 10-01-2015, 06:45 PM   #12
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Push the plunger back in until you repair, replace the cable. That will turn off the solenoid.
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I once broke a breakaway cable because I wasn't watching where my tongue jack was going while cranking it. For expediency, I replaced the steel cable with a nylon cord until I got to a dealer. I asked them to replace the cable. They replaced, and I paid for, a whole new switch, with new plunger and cable. Seems they "couldn't" fabricate a simple wire cable.
You can buy a pig tail cable...I replaced my original cable with one...The advantage is no slack cable to get caught on something it should not get caught on...
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Thanks to everyone for the help. Found the switch next to the gas cans on the left side hid on the inside of a frame got the plug back in .
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Glad you found it, how was the battery?
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Old 10-03-2015, 08:42 AM   #16
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Have not checked the battery. Camper in plugged in and my son is using it while deciding on where he is going to live. I'll. Check it when I can.
The whole thing is a long story but in short I was setting it up at
A camp ground and attendant distracted me while I was in my systematic process of setting up and disconnecting,thus I didn't disconnect that brake. When I pulled away from the camper I heard Something and funny thing he was watching and never said a word. I didn't find out until I got home that the cable for the brake was what I had heard. Well live and learn.
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Old 10-04-2015, 07:21 AM   #17
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Good thing it wasn't a dog on the end of that "leash."
I make it a point to not let others help or others distract me when hooking up or unhooking.
How many times have you heard this type of story repeated?
Understand it's a bit difficult when you have a park attendant interrupt. You'd think they'd know better.
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Even well intentioned neighbor campers will do this as well. Best thing to do is either stop what you are doing or politely tell them you will get with them when done.
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Not knowing how long your TT brakes were left energized I would be sure to test them next time you tow.
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