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Posted: 01/08/20 07:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Attach it wherever you want.
But, I got a small carabiner and connected 2 cables together and looped the end through the middle stake pocket.
Whatever works for you.


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SugarHillCTD wrote:

Just as you aren't supposed to attach the break away cable to the drawbar of a trailer hitch, I was under the impression that for a fifth wheel the cable is to be attached to the truck, and not any part of the hitch.

The theory is that if ANY part of the fifth wheel hitch fails, by attaching the cable to the truck (like one of the tie down loops that is in the truck bed) the entire fifth wheel hitch could be completely torn out of the truck bed but the break away switch would still be activated- however ridiculous that seems.


Now don't start confusing these experts on the right way to do it . [emoticon]

Sure makes sense to be to be connected to something besides the hitch in case the hitch came loose.

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Frankly, if the hitch comes out of the bed, you've got a lot bigger problem and I seriously doubt the e-brake on the trailer is going to make a hill o' beans difference.

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Thanks for the reality check Lyle LOL


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laknox wrote:

Frankly, if the hitch comes out of the bed, you've got a lot bigger problem and I seriously doubt the e-brake on the trailer is going to make a hill o' beans difference.

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The coiled cables pretty much eliminate any chance of it snagging. Mine isn't hooked on the handle - it's hooked into the handle locking hasp with a carabiner. Serves to keep the handle locked as well as attach the brake cable.

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More appropriate place would be straight down on the universal mounting rail.


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I don't know about appropriate, but I know I cannot reach the rails without climbing up on something. I can reach that hookup standing on the ground, like a homosapien should.

It's only there because the law says it has to be.

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Tailgate down reach forward, hook to rail. Just a thought.

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BB_TX wrote:

I am going to go out on a limb and guess 90% or more hook the cable to the hitch arm.


My vote is with the.... "or more".

Whatever location - it needs to be where it won't "hang-up" or snag on something during normal driving and trigger an unnecessary braking "event"!

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