What's a shock cord? I probably recognize the item but not the term.
Sorry... Shock cord = bungee cord = rubber band cord with stretchy material on the outside.
I have since switched to a piece of rubber radiator type hose, slit it long ways, put over the 7 wire cord and emerg breakaway cable and then used 3M 33 electrical tape to hold it closed. The cable can slide as needed and the hose grip does not wear out. The bungee cord sort of rotted after a 1 1/2 years but it as cheap and quick.
John & Cindy
2005 Ford F350 Super Duty, 4x4; 6.8L V10 with 4.10
CC, SB, Lariat & FX4 package
21,000 GCWR, 11,000 GVWR
Ford Tow Command
1,700# Reese HP hitch & HP Dual Cam
2 1/2" Towbeast Receiver
2004 Sunline Solaris T310SR
(I wish we were camping!)
So my quesion, is there any science to beakaway mount location. I get that is has to have adaquate ply to navigate turns but other than that can I mount it anywhere on the unside of the frame that has free room to "pull out"?
Actually there is some science to where it is located. There are 2 camps of thought about "when" the emergency breakaway cable should pull out.
1. Some want the breakaway to only pull put "after" the chains and TT have totally separated from the truck. The thought is they want to control the situation and the brakes on the TT.
2. Some want the breakaway to pull out "before" the chains reach full extension upon a decoupling of TV & TT. The thought is this is a better setup to automatically activate the breakaway when ever the TT becomes detached from the truck.
This topic has been discussed in length many times. And interweaves with the saftey chains belief that on a WD hitch with standard commercial components that crossing the chains will catch the tongue before it hits the ground. And this discussion surrounding these topics can become more heated in opposing opinions then gas verses diesel...
I myself subscribe to no 2 above. Cross the safety chains, the tongue will hit the ground upon a decoupling and pull the emerg breakaway before the chains reach full extension.
Thanks everyone for your help and uinput. I stopped by the local ma-n-pa RV parts shop yesterday and they carried the ZIP coil break away cable. I'm thinking that will determine where I mount my e-brake cable. I got the 4 foot and it seems a bit short for the stock location.
Now if I can just get out of work early today..
2012 Toyota Tundra Crew max 5.7 Limited
2005 F150 Lariat 4x 5.4L, 3.73 (80K mi 4sale cheap needs.......work)
2003 Nissan Pathfinder
After you remount your switch, get yourself one of these
You wont have to worry about looping the cable so it wont drag on the ground. Plus its nice not getting it all tangled up while hooking and un-hooking.
Just put one on myself and I love it!!
Newbie here, just bought my TT and it came with one of these coiled breakaway cables. I deal with the steal cables at work and they are always becoming frayed and breaking.