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Old 11-08-2013, 02:13 PM   #71
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My Trillium has a terminal strip where they connect the umbilical to the trailer wiring. I connected the switch there. Since it's just a switch, connect either wire to the +12, the other to the brake wire. To test, jack a wheel , spin, and yank on the cord. Don't leave the plastic separator out too long, you'll drain your battery. Someone suggested not to test with the controller connected as it might damage some controllers??? Raz
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:16 PM   #72
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My Trillium has a terminal strip where they connect the umbilical to the trailer wiring. I connected the switch there. Since it's just a switch, connect either wire to the +12, the other to the brake wire. To test, jack a wheel , spin, and yank on the cord. Don't leave the plastic separator out too long, you'll drain your battery. Someone suggested not to test with the controller connected as it might damage some controllers??? Raz
Excellent! Thanks Raz. I'll check it out more this weekend. With luck, I'll find a terminal junction like yours. It looks nice and clean.

Tomorrow is our 3 week anniversary of being ParkLiner owners!

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Old 11-08-2013, 02:18 PM   #73
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Bad news Frank. I'm a little north of you and it's snowing.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:25 PM   #74
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Bad news Frank. I'm a little north of you and it's snowing.
Bah! Where in VT Raz? We used to live in Bennington many many moons ago! Now we're south of Albany in the town of Coeymans.

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Old 11-08-2013, 02:42 PM   #75
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You missed out Frank. I'm about 70 miles southwest of you near Oneonta and I could have gone out and made snow angels on the deck an hour ago. Now it's all melted. but still flurries in the air.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:47 PM   #76
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Gee Brian, I feel bad. Oneonta isn't in the snow belt is it? Seems like you're too far south?

Busy weekend ahead, but I'll get through it. Had election day off this past Tuesday, now have a 3 day weekend due to Veteran's Day. Veteran's Day morning I'm off to Albany early to get a 2-7/8 hole saw, then watch the annual parade (starts at 11:11) with some friends.

I can assure you I do NOT want snow!

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Old 11-08-2013, 04:50 PM   #77
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Well if by Bragman you are referring to a break away switch I can come up with a few good reasons to have one.

Not everyone remembers to hitch up their chains all the time Funny enough not so long ago I looked over to admire a shine new fiberglass trailer built locally and saw the chains hanging over the tongue and not connected. The owner was very thankful when I pointed it out to him.

Chains have been known to fail - if I recall someone here recently redid their chain connection as the original not so old connection didnt look all that secure - was badly bent? Also as others have mentioned the break away is good to have to prevent the trailer from slamming into the back of the tug when you stop after a disconnect even if the chains stayed connected.
If your trailer comes detached and is hanging on the chains your trailer cord should still be attached and your trailer should still have brakes avoiding the slamming the trailer into the back of the tow. The breakaway switch comes on its own when the trailer is fully detached provided there is a properly wired battery for the brakes. With the tow chain specification of 1 inch below the coupler for the chains the coupler could hardly get off the ball.
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:51 PM   #78
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If your trailer comes detached and is hanging on the chains your trailer cord should still be attached and your trailer should still have brakes avoiding the slamming the trailer into the back of the tow. The breakaway switch comes on its own when the trailer is fully detached provided there is a properly wired battery for the brakes. With the tow chain specification of 1 inch below the coupler for the chains the coupler could hardly get off the ball.
Rax in a perfect word what you say is true - but take a look at some of the hook ups on the highways and while waiting to enter a state park or two. There are a lot of people who have chains to long or to short. Some have pretty short electrical cords that wouldnt take a whole lot to pull out - others have a really long connection - actually saw one wrapped around a coupler a few times to keep it from dragging... wonder what happens to that connection should the coupler suddenly pop off the ball.

Sadly it appears there may be lots of people pick up a new to them trailer and as long as they can get everything attached they leave it as is.
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Old 11-09-2013, 07:15 AM   #79
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I don't have a single vehicle that I could leave the chains only one inch under the coupler and still turn. As for drilling frames, it's fine with a little thought given. It's very hard for a smooth round hole to crack. If you leave it rough, it's more likely. These are mild steel frames, they aren't made of 160k psi truck frames, one has nothing to do with the other. IIRC, it's illegal in places to weld the safety chains on. The haz from welding can create as many problems as drilling a hole, and weaken the chain. Safety chains should be crossed, never twisted, and the open end of the hook faces up.
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Old 11-09-2013, 08:55 AM   #80
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Getting back to Frank on post # 43 with ? to your set up of safety chains.
The chain is 1 length, the centre link attached to the front bolt, the chain then goes back under the jack support, this allows for extra attachment as the jack winder will also be a support if the bolt lets go.

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