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Posted: 09/12/17 03:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Like the title say does it matter and why? I am going to need to replace mine and I am just wondering before I buy one what the differences are?

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Posted: 09/12/17 04:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No, it's a very simple switch similar to a light switch at home. Just an interruption of power.





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Agreed, all work the same.


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Just as clarification...which switch you use is irrelevant. However, the pins used in the various brands can differ slightly.

So, if you are changing the entire mechanism, buy the one that suits you; if you are just wanting to replace the pin (cable), make sure the pin matches your device.

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I'm going to say yes. Why? Because of quality. Like everything else in this world there are differences in quality.

I personally would get one that is pretty good quality. No, you don't need one with gold contacts or whatever but you do need one that won't fall apart in the 2nd season. How to find that one is a whole new kettle of fish.


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Posted: 09/12/17 07:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I sold my Blazer and forgot to remove the break away switch (needed for the new-to-me 4x4 GMC Envoy). I didn't have to look far. I found a new switch at Auto Zone, in the electrics section of their trailer hitch display area.


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My break away switch that was supplied by Brake Buddy rusted and fell apart in a few years of use. I called them and they wanted $75.00 for one saying it came with a kit of parts.

I went to NAPA and bought one for a boat trailer that was far better for little cost.

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Cloud Dancer wrote:

I sold my Blazer and forgot to remove the break away switch (needed for the new-to-me 4x4 GMC Envoy). I didn't have to look far. I found a new switch at Auto Zone, in the electrics section of their trailer hitch display area.


Breakaway switch or brake controller?

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Most all are built simply and with cheap materials. I've found that greasing the plastic pin that separates the contact bars tends to keep everything operable for a longer time.


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