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Breakaway Systems

An auto accident, a mistake in hitching the trailer coupler to the ball mount or even a hardware failure could cause a trailer to become disconnected from a tow vehicle. If this were to happen, your trailer and whatever cargo it is holding could possibly roll into the back of your tow vehicle or into oncoming traffic becoming a hazard for other drivers. Having a trailer breakaway system installed can help bring a disconnected trailer to a safe stop. A breakaway system is designed to automatically engage the electrical brakes of your trailer the moment it detects detachment from the tow vehicle. It is attached to the brake system on your trailer and then connected to the tow vehicle by a breakaway cable. The breakaway cable is also connected to a pin inside the breakaway switch. When this pin is pulled, the breakaway switch applies 12 volts of power from the breakaway battery thus immediately engaging the trailer brakes. Not only is having a breakaway system installed on your trailer an investment in safety, it is also required by law. Many states in the U.S., including Virginia, require a breakaway system for trailers with a gross vehicle weight over 3,000 pounds. Southside Hitch offers the Engager Break-Away System by Redline. It comes with everything you will need including a switch, battery, box with LED charge indicator, charger and mounting hardware. Our expert electrical technicians can perform the professional installation for you as well. If you are in need of a breakaway system installation for your trailer, call Southside Hitch at 804-378-1992 to schedule an appointment today. Our professional team will be glad to serve you. We can also handle all of your electrical wiring repair and replacement needs too.

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