Safety cables for a trailer

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  1. Bryan

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    Hi,

    Is it a legal requirement to use safety cables when towing a trailer? The type that keep the trailer attached to the Towing Vehicle (TV) in the event of the trailer becoming unhitched?

    What about breakaway braking? The type that applies the breaks automatically in the event of the trailer becoming detached from the TV.

    Thanks
    Bryan
     
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    Hi Bryan

    Your brake buddy should have a breakaway connection that slams on the brakes when activated :thumb:
     
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    hi bryan,

    if its under 750kg it must now have a secondery cable or chain.....to stop it running away from the towcar if it comes undone.
    imagine the mess thats gonna make at the back end.


    if its over 750kg it must have a breakaway cable to apply the brakes if it comes undone. it doesnt need a secondery cable.

    john.
     
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    the trailer must also have a skid of some sort to stop the hitch hitting the road if it breaks away. suppose the jockey wheel takes care of that though.
     
  5. Bryan

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    It does, Darren. But is it a legal requirement?


    So in the example of a toad, John, a breakaway cable that applies the toads brakes in the event of a detachment is required by law? Cables that keep the trailer attached in the event of a detachment form the TV are only required by law if the trailer is under 750 kgs?
     
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    got it in one Bryan...:thumb:

    your brakebuddy will do the same as a breakaway cable anyway.
    if it becomes unhooked it will apply the stoppers.

    if a <750kg comes off it will keep going til it hits something or stops naturally. hence the chain/cable to keep it with you even if its not under controll.
     
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    Thanks John.

    In the states they MUST have the safety cables :Eeek::Eek!:

    I'm glad I can make do with just the trailer coming to a stop whilst I drive off into the distance :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    before the cable rule was introduced i lost my 6 x 4 box trailer at the end of our drive.....luckily the lane is only used by us and one other house.

    turned out the drive and the trailer went straight on into a wooden fence...putting a large hole in it. only doing about 5/10mph down hill.

    the trailer weighs around 100kg:Eek!:

    my fault for not checking the hitch was hooked on properly.:Doh:

    imagine the damage at 50mph+:Eeek:
     
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    you need one of those stickers on the back of your RV......

    if you can read this sticker....wheres my toad!


    i suppose if you had a regular brake system ie: an A frame, it would be a good idea to have a chain anyway at least you wouldnt have to go back for the toad...:BigGrin:
     
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    item G.....

    1. Braked trailers must be fitted with a parking brake that operates on at least two road wheels on the same axle. At all times it must be capable of being maintained in operation by direct mechanical action without the use of hydraulic, electric or pneumatic systems – i.e. Operated by rod or cable action. The efficiency of the handbrake must also comply with EEC Directive 71/320/EEC; i.e. It must be capable of holding a stationary trailer on a gradient of at least 16% (1 in 6.25)
    i think this will be covered by the hand brake on the toad. no didferent to a hand brake on a trailer.




    this will also be covered by the hand brake cable on the toad
     
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    this item could be a major stumbling block in the A frame legality debate though.

    item D.

    1. Any braked trailers manufactured after April 1989 must be fitted with a hydraulically damped coupling and auto reverse brakes to give braking efficiencies required by EEC Directive 71/320 (ECE13).
    i'll be bringing this up in any future A frame debates......:Wink:
     
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