How to Hook up your Breakaway Cable | Know Before You Tow


I’m JD Schmid
with Big Tex Trailers and I’m Brant Combs
with Ram Trucks. Today we’re going to talk
about trailer brake systems and the importance
of the breakaway cable. In the incredibly
unlikely event that a trailer would become
disconnected from the truck, the breakaway cable is there
to engage the trailer brakes to make sure that the
trailer doesn’t take off in one direction
or the other. The way this works is there is
a cable between the tow vehicle and the brake system
on the trailer. If the two become
separated the cable breaks and activate the brake system. That’s right. With the traditional
breakaway cable you’re gonna make sure
that it’s long enough. So on sharp turns
it doesn’t disconnect the wire. Here you can see
on the Big Tex trailer we have what’s called
the zip accordion style cord. That way you don’t have to worry
about it having too much or too little slack
and the accordion will keep the line
from touching the ground and getting damaged. And a nice snap on a hook to make it easy
to attach to the trailer. The breakaway cable is
an important safety feature to give you peace of mind
when you’re trailering. You always want to make sure
it’s properly attached.

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