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Old 06-03-2013, 09:16 AM   #29
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Not to put too fine a point on it, has anyone run into a source for a replacment breakaway pin in case it "disappears" at a rest stop?

I'm strangely reluctant to pull the pin that came with the Casita, even when at home, to fabricate an emergency spare. I guess I'm thinking that I might have trouble reinserting it although I know I could just disconnect the wiring if I did have trouble.

I expect a wooden dowel of the appropriate diameter (slightly pointed) would do the trick temporarily but eventually I'd want to go back to the proper pin. Without buying a whole new switch. Of course a replacement part might cost as much as a new switch anyhow.

I may just have to put on my "big boy" pants and just yank the durn thing out and see what's what.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:25 AM   #30
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Who knew? There seem to be a number of these sold.

Amazon.com: voltage sensitive relay
Not exactly pocket change but doable.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:17 AM   #31
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Not to put too fine a point on it, has anyone run into a source for a replacment breakaway pin in case it "disappears" at a rest stop?

I'm strangely reluctant to pull the pin that came with the Casita, even when at home, to fabricate an emergency spare. I guess I'm thinking that I might have trouble reinserting it although I know I could just disconnect the wiring if I did have trouble.

I expect a wooden dowel of the appropriate diameter (slightly pointed) would do the trick temporarily but eventually I'd want to go back to the proper pin. Without buying a whole new switch. Of course a replacement part might cost as much as a new switch anyhow..
I've pulled mine. It's easier than you think. Also, a pencil might work in an emergency.
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Not to put too fine a point on it, has anyone run into a source for a replacment breakaway pin in case it "disappears" at a rest stop?

I'm strangely reluctant to pull the pin that came with the Casita, even when at home, to fabricate an emergency spare. I guess I'm thinking that I might have trouble reinserting it although I know I could just disconnect the wiring if I did have trouble.

I expect a wooden dowel of the appropriate diameter (slightly pointed) would do the trick temporarily but eventually I'd want to go back to the proper pin. Without buying a whole new switch. Of course a replacement part might cost as much as a new switch anyhow.

I may just have to put on my "big boy" pants and just yank the durn thing out and see what's what.

I've yanked mine a few times. I installed it with one wire going directly to the battery. If I needed to I could remove the wire from the battery. Another emergency option is a pair of wire cutters, cut one wire coming out of the switch. It can be spliced back together later.
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For a reasonable low voltage battery cut off, good old Princess Auto:
12V Battery Isolator | Princess Auto
$20 when it goes on sale.
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Searched on different keywords and found:
Amazon.com: Bragman 48-Inch Replacement Cable/Pin Assembly for Breakaway Switch: Sports & Outdoors

But, then, I spelled it correctly the first time.
You say Bragman, I say Bargman, lets call the whole thing off....

Maybe if I'm buying something else as well I'll add it. Otherwise the shipping would be more than the part.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:37 PM   #35
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Not to put too fine a point on it, has anyone run into a source for a replacment breakaway pin in case it "disappears" at a rest stop?

I'm strangely reluctant to pull the pin that came with the Casita, even when at home, to fabricate an emergency spare. I guess I'm thinking that I might have trouble reinserting it although I know I could just disconnect the wiring if I did have trouble.

I expect a wooden dowel of the appropriate diameter (slightly pointed) would do the trick temporarily but eventually I'd want to go back to the proper pin. Without buying a whole new switch. Of course a replacement part might cost as much as a new switch anyhow.

I may just have to put on my "big boy" pants and just yank the durn thing out and see what's what.
Its probably smart to pull the thing out to make sure its working properly. If you are unhitching and your trailer tries to roll away on you, its a quick and easy way to bring it to a stop. If you are smart, this won't happen. This is a good trick just in case.

"Coast" is a distributor for many of the smaller RV dealerships. They list a replacement key for the Hoppy/Husky switch in their catalog, but its out of stock.
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For a reasonable low voltage battery cut off, good old Princess Auto:
12V Battery Isolator | Princess Auto
$20 when it goes on sale.
Now that is not too bad of a price. I might just keep an eye on it to go on sale. Thanks David!

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Now that is not too bad of a price. I might just keep an eye on it to go on sale. Thanks David!

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If I remember correctly, these came up on sale a couple months ago so you may have to wait a little bit.

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If I remember correctly, these came up on sale a couple months ago so you may have to wait a little bit.

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That is when I bought mine.
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Not to put too fine a point on it, has anyone run into a source for a replacment breakaway pin in case it "disappears" at a rest stop?
... eventually I'd want to go back to the proper pin. Without buying a whole new switch. Of course a replacement part might cost as much as a new switch anyhow.
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To temporarily disconnect, I just need to take a ring terminal off a stud in an external junction box - no cutting wires. That was my idea, not Boler's.
If I needed a replacement and couldn't wait for the pin, I would just buy the whole switch, use the new pin, and keep the switch as a spare... if a compatible switch were available locally. They're not very expensive.
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I mounted a simple toggle switch on the battery box to break the charge wire before the battery.
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