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Old 14 August 2017, 04:19   #1
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Breakaway Cable

Need a new breakaway cable but I want to get the correct one. All up weight of trailer and boat is around 2000kgs so I don't want it snapping when it's needed most! Any advice?
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Does it matter? The break away cable is designed to apply the trailer brake should it become detached from the coupling not as an auxiliary coupling if it snaps after the trailer brake is applied it doesn't matter? May in fact be designed too?

https://www.westerntowing.co.uk/acat...le.html#SID=15



My unbraked trailer has a secondary coupling that is designed to keep the trailer attached as trailer has no brakes.....


https://www.westerntowing.co.uk/cgi-...%2ehtml#SID=15


Actually I use one of these as my experiments of carabiners and salt water is they don't last very well.....
https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/14225222376...6939625&crdt=0
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Old 14 August 2017, 08:19   #3
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Many thanks. Maybe I was being a bit dim. Makes sense. Hitch fails - cable applies brakes (hand brake pulled on) trailer stops (hopefully...). I was thinking that the trailer should remain attached to the towing vehicle to prevent it from becoming a hazard to other road users.
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I was thinking that the trailer should remain attached to the towing vehicle to prevent it from becoming a hazard to other road users.
Only on unbraked trailers. On braked trailers it is as described - intended to apply brakes then snap. Its a hazards to road users either way - but trying to stop with a loose trailer chained behind you is messy/expensive.
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Only on unbraked trailers. On braked trailers it is as described - intended to apply brakes then snap. Its a hazards to road users either way - but trying to stop with a loose trailer chained behind you is messy/expensive.

2T of trailer pogo-ing into the back of the car wont do anyone any good......
https://www.machinemart.co.uk/p/stre...eakaway-cable/

Should have local store.


Hopefully trailer is braked too.......
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