I just make an extra loop in the break away cable and then put that loop through the release handle. The net effect is that it shortens the cable just enough so that it can't get tangled up in anything. If it is long enough to drag on the way tubes IMHO that is way too long. I have a friend whose break away cable got tangled up on the hitch, and when he made a sharp turn it tightened up and pulled the cable out of the socket and locked the trailer brakes in the middle of a busy intersection. His comment was "I know now that the emergency trailer brakes work REAL good" It took a few minutes to untangle it and plug it back in so they could get moving.