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Posted: 01/01/20 07:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Old-Biscuit wrote:

Been placing the loop in the cable over the arm of hitch for 20+ yrs.

Dang....didn't know it was 'incorrect'

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Can be dangerous on some hitches. The cable can snag and pull the handle causing the hitch to release.


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Bird Freak wrote:

I have a clip on mine and attach it to the rear tie down in corner of bed.


So, do you also turn the e-brake base downward so that the cable will pull straight out or do you leave the base facing forward so that the cable would pull sideways out of the base, possibly snapping the pin before it pulls out?

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I have a B&W Companion. The hitch arm locks in place with a snap pin. I put the pin through the loop and onto the locking arm.





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mileshuff wrote:

Old-Biscuit wrote:

Been placing the loop in the cable over the arm of hitch for 20+ yrs.

Dang....didn't know it was 'incorrect'

BS!


Can be dangerous on some hitches. The cable can snag and pull the handle causing the hitch to release.


Could be.....BUT NOT on mine
Handle has to be pulled straight out to release AFTER the pin is removed and locking latch is lifted up out of the way

Every 5th wheel hitch I have used the handle was pinned/latched in close position


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Me Again wrote:

The left rear puck lever/handle was what I did. You just have to be careful that it does not get tangled in something and pulled out.

Chris


Too avoid tangles, cut a 5" piece of clear plastic tube, slit the tube, insert the wire in the tube. This will keep the wire from tangling up on the hitch.

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MarkTwain wrote:

Me Again wrote:

The left rear puck lever/handle was what I did. You just have to be careful that it does not get tangled in something and pulled out.

Chris


Too avoid tangles, cut a 5" piece of clear plastic tube, slit the tube, insert the wire in the tube. This will keep the wire from tangling up on the hitch.


I also use the latching handle. Also use the coiled cable.

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I attach my break away cable to the hitch via the hole where the hitch handle can be locked when closed. A small padlock fits into the hole and the cable hooks onto the hasp and then closed to the lock position. I've had 2 5th wheel trailers and this is how I've always attached the break away cable. The lock serves 2 purposes, keep the hitch handle from being pulled open by some idiot, who might pull the handle to the open position while I and my wife take a break at a rest area and keeps the breakaway cable in a safe place while traveling.


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I'm entirely with "Old Biscuit" and have been following his procedure for 23 years.





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laknox wrote:

Bird Freak wrote:

I have a clip on mine and attach it to the rear tie down in corner of bed.


So, do you also turn the e-brake base downward so that the cable will pull straight out or do you leave the base facing forward so that the cable would pull sideways out of the base, possibly snapping the pin before it pulls out?

Lyle


I have a clip on mine as well and it's near the bottom of the base. I DID turn the base towards the ground so it is a straight pull if in fact that happens.


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Given that some think the B&W head is design to separate under certain conditions, the cable should not be connected to anything on the head. I reality I believe that instructions say to connect it to the vehicle and not the hitch.

* This post was edited 01/02/20 08:43am by Me Again *


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