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Miss Rita
08-16-2012, 04:11 PM
After 21 years of owning a boat I thought I had made all the mistakes already, but apparently I missed one. This past weekend I forget to disconnect the brake breakaway cable from the Tahoe, ripped it clean out of the UFP actuator.

Question: Can I still pull the trailer without the brakes grabbing? Is it important to get a new cable ASAP?

thatsmrmastercraft
08-16-2012, 04:23 PM
The breakaway cable is there to apply trailer brakes in the event the trailer becomes disconnected from the tow vehicle. How often does this occur? Once would be more than enough.:rolleyes:

mikeg205
08-16-2012, 04:30 PM
just release the brake underneath actuator replace when you can.

http://www.pacifictrailers.com/replacement-breakaway-safety-cable-for-UFP-brake-actuators-34370/

but then you would have to take apart the actuator install and bleed system...

bturner2
08-16-2012, 04:43 PM
Yeah you can do it. I know people that do it all the time. I do wonder what your liability would be if your trailer did come loose and something bad happened. I would have to vote for being safe and replacing it before going out again.

mikeg205
08-16-2012, 05:07 PM
Yeah you can do it. I know people that do it all the time. I do wonder what your liability would be if your trailer did come loose and something bad happened. I would have to vote for being safe and replacing it before going out again.

If you know how to bleed brakes the process should take no longer than 45 minutes.

Miss Rita
08-16-2012, 06:41 PM
Thanks for your replies and help.

I was curious as to whether the trailer will move with the cable pulled out. I fully intend to replace the cable, didn't know whether I had to try and do it tomorrow before the weekend arrives, or could order the cable and do it in the next week or two.

mikeg205
08-16-2012, 07:02 PM
There's a release latch under the actuator...it will click it is not released already.

GoneBoatN
08-17-2012, 12:37 PM
I think you have the A-60. Manual is at http://www.ufpnet.com/Portals/0/PDFs/A-60,%2075%20_%2084%20Actuator%20Maintenance.pdf. It has instructions for resetting the breakaway and also for replacing the cable.

Miss Rita
08-22-2012, 04:39 PM
Just returned from a trip, read all your excellent advice. The PDF manual was very helpful; thank you. A new cable is ordered, should be installed soon. Thanks for your advice.

mikeg205
08-22-2012, 09:57 PM
Just read a good post about making some dowels to fit where the roller pins fit in the actuator sleeve... great idea... just make the dowels as wide as the inside member to keep the wheels in place... mwg's idea... http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/showthread.php?t=50429