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Old 12-23-2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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Does Scamp install a breakaway switch at the factory? Is it required in every state?
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:44 PM   #2
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Does Scamp install a breakaway switch at the factory? Is it required in every state?
Last I checked, Scamp did not supply a breakaway switch on the thirteen.
I'm not sure about the larger trailers but I think not.
Brakes are an option on the 13 and are now in the option package with the front bath.
Most states do not require a breakaway switch or even brakes on trailers under 3000lbs. A Breakaway switch is commonly required when brakes are required. The switch is a cheap thing to buy and an easy thing to install if you choose to get one aftermarket.
You might check with your local DMV on line to see what is required where you live.
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Old 12-23-2014, 03:57 PM   #3
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Here's a listing of general trailer brake requirements by state:
Trailer Brakes | AAA/CAA Digest of Motor Laws


Although many are at 3000 lbs before requirement brakes, the state with the most RV's, California, sets it at 1500 lbs along with a number of others. Two are at 1000 lbs.


IMHO: And with about 30+ years of RV towing experience, and one instance where a tow ball snapped off and the breakaway switch saved the day, I wouldn't be without brakes and a breakaway switch on anything over 1000 lbs, regardless of local requirements. Even a 650 lb tent trailer I recently restored had both electric brakes and a breakaway switch from the factory.
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:13 PM   #4
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I tried to get one installed on our new to be Scamp 16 they would not do it.
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Old 12-23-2014, 04:37 PM   #5
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Last I checked, Scamp did not supply a breakaway switch on the thirteen.
I'm not sure about the larger trailers but I think not.
Brakes are an option on the 13 and are now in the option package with the front bath.
Most states do not require a breakaway switch or even brakes on trailers under 3000lbs. A Breakaway switch is commonly required when brakes are required. The switch is a cheap thing to buy and an easy thing to install if you choose to get one aftermarket.
You might check with your local DMV on line to see what is required where you live.

I believe it's a Federal law that if brakes are required so is breakaway braking system.
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Old 12-23-2014, 05:09 PM   #6
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Whether required or not a breakaway switch is smart, inexpensive and easy to install. We added one to our Scamp 16 after the trailer came off the ball (though the anti-sway bar kept it all together).

The previous owner had inappropriately modified the ball receiver causing our problem.
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Old 12-23-2014, 06:34 PM   #7
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Here is one make by CURT:

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/cht-52010

They are inexpensive.
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Old 12-23-2014, 09:30 PM   #8
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I believe it's a Federal law that if brakes are required so is breakaway braking system.
The thing is, no Scamp13 or 16 is required to have brakes,(most states) so even when equipped with brakes, they are not required to have a breakaway switch.
In some states the breakaway switch is required at a higher weight than brakes are required. I.E... TN requires brakes at 1500#, but a breakaway switch is not required until 3000#... Besides,You know what they say nowadays..."Ley federal es una broma! "
Its only ten bucks and ten minutes to install one, anybody who wants one should be able to get one!

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Old 12-23-2014, 10:07 PM   #9
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Over the years I've seen some really creative break away switches. Some wrapped around the jack to keep the wire from dragging!. Spend a couple of bucks, get something that works like it should and isn't some Red Neck, patched together... maybe works-maybe doesn't switch. You are protecting an asset and maybe others on the same traveled road. This is one to consider: Zip™ Breakaway Cable » Fastway Trailer Products
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Old 12-23-2014, 10:35 PM   #10
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Most Scamps are required to have brakes if they are towed in about 10 different states AND/OR if they are towed anywhere by a great number of popular TV's that have reduced limits without brakes.


As state towing requirements are considered minimum requirements, there is no harm at all in towing on the safe side and following the most restrictive of them, i.e. 1000 lbs. or more requires brakes, and let's toss in breakaway switches for an extra margin.
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Old 12-30-2014, 09:53 AM   #11
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Not federal. Ks doesn't require them, but if they're installed, they must be working...go figure that one. I got dinged registering an out of state trailer with a battery that needed replaced. I was putting a winch and a big battery on, so I didn't bother fixing it then. I ended up temporarily taking the switch off the trailer to pass registration...

I added a breakaway switch to the scamp when I rewired it, cheap insurance.


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Old 12-30-2014, 11:12 AM   #12
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I tried to get one installed on our new to be Scamp 16 they would not do it.
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Hi Ken, I went to the factory and picked up my Scamp new and towed it back to Pa. When I had it inspected I was told I needed a breakaway switch to pass. They installed it at the trailer facility for me for about 10 dollars or less. Well worth it.
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:23 AM   #13
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I've been wondering for quite a while what a breakaway switch is for and why one might need one? I do not have this in my trailer, but I do have brakes and safety chains.

Would a reader please teach me about this? Thank you!


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Old 12-31-2014, 07:36 AM   #14
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Hi Ken, I went to the factory and picked up my Scamp new and towed it back to Pa. When I had it inspected I was told I needed a breakaway switch to pass. They installed it at the trailer facility for me for about 10 dollars or less. Well worth it.
Same deal for me as well. Carl
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