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Old 09-29-2013, 06:07 PM   #1
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run away brake thingy

Ok, I'm still new at this... I call it the run away brake thingy, I'm sure there's a technical term for it but it's the line I hook on when I'm towing.

So I was parking our Bigfoot for the winter, I'd already taken the battery out, and when I was jacking it up off the hitch I caught the line somehow and it snapped out.... My newby question is can I just plug it back in to the controller or is there more to it?

On another note I noticed (halfway there) that the brake controller inside the car was not on, does this need the camper battery to operate?

Thanks!
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Old 09-29-2013, 06:15 PM   #2
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Ok, I'm still new at this... I call it the run away brake thingy, I'm sure there's a technical term for it but it's the line I hook on when I'm towing.
I'm assuming you mean the break away switch

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So I was parking our Bigfoot for the winter, I'd already taken the battery out, and when I was jacking it up off the hitch I caught the line somehow and it snapped out.... My newby question is can I just plug it back in to the controller or is there more to it?
Yes, you should be able to push the pin back into the breakaway switch

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On another note I noticed (halfway there) that the brake controller inside the car was not on, does this need the camper battery to operate?
No, the brakes are powered off the tow vehicle, unless the break away switch is activated, then the brakes operate off the camper battery.
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Just plug it back in, you will be fine. When you step on the brake does the red light come on?
If it does its working, if not its in the controller/ wiring. If its fused check it.
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Thanks! I was worried I'd have to replace the break away switch.
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Thanks! I was worried I'd have to replace the break away switch.
Glad you figured it out. BUT, in the grand scheme of things spending less than $20 for a safety item ... that's cheap compared to what could happen if you didn't have it when you needed it. SAFETY FIRST!
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