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Old 30 January 2006, 06:07   #51
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A bit of a disapointment really.....

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Try the attached links.

http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/NR/rdon...awayCables.pdf

http://www.torbay.gov.uk/index/leisu...urs/towing.htm

I don't know of any breakaway cables attached to the braking sysyem as they have a separate role.

The breakaway cable is only to prevent the trailer careering into the next carraigeway should it become detached from the tow hitch.
Overrun brakes are required on all trailers over 750kgs and trailers of that size are generally constructed to meet the requirements.

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Old 30 January 2006, 09:54   #52
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....I don't know of any breakaway cables attached to the braking sysyem as they have a separate role.....

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From www.caravanclub.co.uk... posted by CJL the Purpose of a Breakaway Cable is to apply a trailerís brakes if it becomes separated from its towing vehicle.
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.......The breakaway cable is only to prevent the trailer careering into the next carraigeway should it become detached from the tow hitch.....

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From www.caravanclub.co.uk........ the cable assembly is designed to part, allowing the trailer to come to a halt away from the towing vehicle
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What was JK saying Des
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Old 30 January 2006, 10:19   #53
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The last post is cut and posted from an email I got from a plod. The names have been changed to protect the inocent!

I'm still confused cause NOBODY can tell me for sure what the cable is supposed to do.

Its fine saying in "braked trailers its to pull the brakes on" but is it designed to snap or remain intact??

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Old 30 January 2006, 13:56   #55
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......Its fine saying in "braked trailers its to pull the brakes on" but is it designed to snap or remain intact??

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It Snaps once it has but the brakes on

My system has a split ring (like a key ring ring ) which opens and pings off when you forget to disconnect it and drive away Des
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The last post is cut and posted from an email I got from a plod. The names have been changed to protect the inocent!

I'm still confused cause NOBODY can tell me for sure what the cable is supposed to do.
if you look at the dimensions of the cable and how they are typically secured there is no way it would take all the weight of a trailer, its sole purpose in life is to engage the handbrake or put the brakes on prior to snapping. It is not strong enough to do anything more.
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It Snaps once it has but the brakes on

My system has a split ring (like a key ring ring ) which opens and pings off when you forget to disconnect it and drive away Des
AHH SO!!!!

you have tested it as well!!!!!!!

And just how easy did you find it to release the handbrake afterwards????

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I'm still confused cause NOBODY can tell me for sure what the cable is supposed to do.

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The function of the "breakaway" link has been explained in several posts and links in this thread. What part don't you understand? If you have one on your trailer try unhitching the trailer (somewhere safe) and driving away. After the brakes have been applied you'll be surprised at how little force is required to straighten out the clip or split link and "let go" of your trailer. Now whether or not this is a "good idea" is debatable, but that is what the link must do by law.
I'm not convinced that having a secondary coupling of the correct length (AKA safety chains) as well is a bad thing.
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