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Old 18 July 2014, 13:38   #1
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Stupid question

So towing a braked trailer for the first time tomorrow, 1. How does it work? 2. What's the red cable for?

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Old 18 July 2014, 13:43   #2
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Pictures would help.

Is the cable an electrical cable or plastic covered steel security cabling?



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Old 18 July 2014, 13:52   #3
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The red cable is to be attached over the tow ball or side of bracket so if the trailer becomes detached from the tow vehicle it will break away and pull the handbrake on all in the same motion.

Its a legal requirement BTW
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Can you ask anyone when/where you pick the trailer up to give you a quick lesson?
ETA Not intended to insult & there's a couple of things I do differently but you might find this of use:

A simplistic explanation of how overrun brakes work is here:

You have checked that your licence covers you for the weight & that the towcar is also suitable?
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The brakes work using a spring loaded damper in the hitch which applies the brakes when the hitch is compressed, e.g when you apply the brakes in the car and the trailer pushes up against it due to momentum. It's not the best system in the world but it's certainly the most fool proof - providing they are well maintained they will just 'work' when towed by any vehicle and without any other action. The red cable as mentioned is the breakaway cable, this *MUST* be clipped to a suitable point on the tow vehicle, normally there is a small bracket or loop located near the towbar. In the worst case scenario, you can just loop it around the towbar and clip it to itself. The purpose is that if the coupling fails, the breakaway cable is snagged and applies the handbrake on the trailer before snapping itself, so your trailer will come to a halt as soon as possible rather than running away on the road.
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