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Trailer Emergency Breakaway Cable - Original Factory Cable Not Long enough


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Not sure if others came across the same problem but when we went to pickup our trailer with our F150, the original trailer breakaway cable was not long enough to connect to the hitch on the truck as required.  We have since replaced the original standard cable with a longer "coiled" cable that allows for the cable to reach the hitch connection point on the truck and eliminated any slack in the cable while towing.   Below is a link to what we purchased and installed on the trailer and have been very happy with it.   

 

image.png.150b0a080055020dbbf6c3a6f0c0a4c0.png Fastway Zip 6 Foot Breakaway Cable 80-01-2160

 

To replace you only need to cut off the old cable and install the new one.   Takes about 2-5 min.

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2018 F150 XLT Supercrew 5.0 4x4  

2020 Oliver Legacy Elite I  *  Hull #664

Located SE Texas Region

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Overland, 

The original cable was just a straight cable about 4' in length (not sure as I threw it away).   We could only clip it on one of the trailer chains (not a good option) until we could replace it with the longer cable.  I decided to go with the "coiled" style to eliminate any slack caused when turning left.   The bright red color ended up being an additional benefit in that it is easy to see and acts as an additional reminder when hooking up the trailer.  

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2018 F150 XLT Supercrew 5.0 4x4  

2020 Oliver Legacy Elite I  *  Hull #664

Located SE Texas Region

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Wow - I'm the same as Overland.  I've always felt that even though it is "coiled" the stretch is a bit more than I would prefer.  However, with all of the towing that I've done in over five years, it has never failed.  If, indeed, the newer Olivers come with a straight cable I would look to replace it with a coiled model and certainly replace it, as you did, if it is not long enough to reach the Tow Vehicle.

Bill

2017 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5EB FX4 Max Towing 2016 Oliver Elite II - Hull #117 "Twist"

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I have the same issue with our Ram 1500. When we picked it up  our Ollie this fall the  48" straight cable was not long enough to reach the hitch and had to attach to the chains. Thank you for the link.

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2019 Ram 1500 - 2020 LEll - Hull #676

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The idea is that the cable is long enough to make turns and maneuvers, but actuates if you actually have a hitch failure. 

Yes, it's tricky.  But should something give, you want it to work.

I've never had it happen.  But I've known a few (non oliver) friends who actually needed that safety.

 

2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4

2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12
 

 

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