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Old 14 April 2004, 07:37   #11
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"A legally required safety device that activates the brakes if car and caravan become separated in transit." etc.etc.

This is a quote from the Towsure website

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Sure but people often get this wrong, EC 94/20 does not call for a separate fixing point. It's good advice but not law.
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Thanks for the input guys, the one I fitted to our club trailer has the clip as mike c says but I fitted a new cable to this clip, I was thinking the same as mike the the clip would straighten, but to keep everybody happy I will call into a caravan shop and get a new one, apart from the dive club boat I own my own boat and on that trailer I have a heavy chain fitted to the front of the trailer which drops over a hook by my tow ball, so it will stay attached if something fails, the chain is short so I dont think it would sway to much, I would rather the rig stayed intact if something breaks.

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My boat trailer combo was supplied new with a breakaway cable fitted, what purpose does it serve if the trailer is unbraked? At present I have removed the cable and bracket because it makes it impossible to fit my hitchlock.
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Old 14 April 2004, 17:48   #14
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Oooh, I think maybe you should put it back on. Its not a nice feeling seeing your trailer overtaking you.
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It's an even worse feeling when you meet the owner of the car that your trailer buried itself into after it overtook you . . .

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Old 14 April 2004, 18:41   #16
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Yes, but I feel we may be underplaying this. I know a person who was towing a two horse trailer. It was empty, but must have weighed nearly a ton. It came adrift in transit, overtook him, went through 3 or 4 front gardens before it came to a halt. Luckily no persons were in the way.
I have never owned a braked trailer. But as far as I am aware, it is a minimum legal requirement to have a wire loop from your trailer to go around your towball in order to prevent your trailer from going awol. So I do not understand this idea of a breakaway cable snapping and separating from the towing vehicle.
Think about it. the trailer would go all over the place.

Or am I wrong?
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I was always led to believe that the purpose of the break-away cable was to apply the trailer brakes. If this cable is hooked around the tow ball and that breaks then the cable is b****r all use to man or beast. On all my vehicles fitted with a tow bar I have a seperate fixing for the cable.
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On an unbraked trailer you will need something strong enough to physically stop the trailer coming away from the tow vehicle if the hitch comes loose. On a braked trailer the preferred method is for a cable that will apply the trailer brakes then snap.

In my experience you are much more likely to have a problem with the trailer coming off the tow ball rather than the tow ball (or tow bar!) itself coming off. So whilst it may be ideal to have the cable fixed to a separate strong point, but in practice I have no problem with it being looped round the tow ball.

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On my unbraked trailer the wire was there to keep the trailer attached to the car.
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Hello John,
I think the wire loop for an unbraked trailer is a legal minimum. A wire with a karribina or clip would be better.
I can see the advantage of automatically applying thr brakes in the event of a disengagement, but if it also separates from the towing vehicle cannot be right.
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