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Tow Ready Trailer Break Away Kit With Built-In Tester and Battery Charger

Tow Ready Trailer Breakaway Kit

(7 reviews)

Code:   TR20048



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Tow Ready Trailer Breakaway Kit - TR20048

Trailer Breakaway Kit with Tester and Built-In Charger

Breakaway kits are designed to apply the trailers electric brakes in the event that the trailer becomes disconnected from the hitch while in motion.

  • Provides neat, efficient battery connection
  • Convenient test button verifies that battery is charged
  • Kit includes:
    • Built-In battery charger with battery box
    • 12 volt battery
    • 5 amp hour battery
    • Switch
    • Mounting screws
  • Braking capacity: 1-2 axle trailers
  • 1 year limited warranty
  • Breakaway kit meets DOT specifications.

NOTE: Breakaway Kit is a requirement in many states and provinces.

20048 Tow Ready Trailer Breakaway Kit with Tester and Built-In Charger by Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch and Reese

Customer Reviews

Tow Ready Trailer Break Away Kit With Built-In Tester and Battery Charger - TR20048

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (7 Customer Reviews)

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by: jim p.01/19/2011

Unusually good service I had technical questions and received answers within a very short time. Delivery was quick and arrived in good shap. Unfortunately, one of the few that do what they say. I'll be back. I'm refurbishing a horse trailer so I haven't installed the product yet. 5696

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by: Gary C06/23/2013

Installation was easy enough even though I opted to mount the battery inside my forward storage compartment to avoid weather damage. 85643

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by: Navyned07/30/2014

Great product, easy to install then got on the road with F150 towing gross trailer weight around 5,500lbs with any issues. 143532

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by: Alan M03/11/2011

Wiring is simple and well described. Have not yet installed unit as yet ,but everything looks OK 9058

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by: David08/03/2013

Everything worked out well. Thanks for the good service. 93063

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by: Artem S.07/09/2012

Best buying experience, quality products! 47251

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by: John B.09/22/2012

Quality product. Fast shipping 55524


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  • Wiring Diagram for the Curt 4 Pole to 7 Pole Adapter # C57674 And Wiring for Trailer Brakes
  • The wiring for the Adapter 4 Pole to 7 Pole and 4 Pole, item # C57674, is wired as follows. The white wire is grounded to the vehicle frame as you have indicated. The Yellow wire is the center pole of the 7-Way connector and is normally used for connection to the reverse light circuit. In your case you will not need the yellow wire. The blue wire is for connection of the electric brake feed wire from a brake controller. You will need a brake controller in your Sienna to activate the...
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  • Where to Attach the Electric Brake Emergency Break Away Cable When Towing with a Fifth Wheel Hitch
  • There are many options for attaching the breakaway cable from the Tow Ready Trailer Break Away Kit, item # TR20048, to your vehicle (video linked below). You could attach to a tie down point in the bed of your truck or you could use stake pocket tie down and attach the cable to it. You could also run the cable down to the safety chain loop on the bumper hitch if your vehicle is so equipped. Finally, you could attach the cable to the rails installed in the bed of the truck. The thing...
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  • When Would a Trailer Break Away Kit Be Required By Law
  • Many states in the U.S. and provinces in Canada require break away kit. In order to determine the specifics for where you live and where you plan to travel, you can check with the state and federal departments of transportation for the area. Specific weights or trailer types may change from state to state, so it is important to check for every state in which you plan to be towing. A break away kit is just a good idea in general, whether it is required or not. It is a fairly simple system....
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  • How to Release the Brakes on a Trailer Once the Break Away Switch Is Activated
  • If you still have the plunger end that goes in the break away switch, then you can simply insert the plunger back into the switch and that should cut off the power to the brakes on your trailer. If you no longer have the plunger, then you can either remove the break away battery or cut one of the wires going to or from the break away switch. One wire is coming from the break away battery and the other is going to the brake circuit on the trailer. Cutting one of those wires will terminate...
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  • Where Does the Cable for the Break Away Switch Attach on the Tow Vehicle
  • The cable loop for the breakaway switch in the Tow Ready Trailer Break Away Kit With Built-In Tester and Battery Charger, # TR20048, does not attach to the ball. Run the pin through a safety chain loop on the hitch. Pass it through the loop on the other end of the cable, and then plug it in to the break away switch.
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Break-Away System on Camper
  • It sounds as if your breakaway system is not functioning. On a properly working system, the brakes would engage regardless of whether or not the 7-way was plugged into the vehicle. It is not necessary to have an additional break away battery if the battery on your trailer has sufficient power to keep the brakes applied for 15 minutes once the break away pin is pulled. I would recommend replacing the switch assembly with part # 2005-P and checking how the system is wired. You can take...
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  • Breakaway Diagram Without the Charger
  • You are correct, of the 3 positive leads from the break away system battery, one taps into the 12V lead from the trailer connector. This is what keeps the battery charged. One lead is grounded, and the other attaches to one lead on the breakaway switch, with the other lead tapping into the brake output wire. When the pin is pulled out of the break away switch, the circuit is closed, and 12V is sent from the battery to the trailer brakes. With the pin remaining in the switch, the brakes...
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  • What System Can Be Used to Activate Brakes on a Tow Dolly in Case it Un-Couples
  • What you are referring to is a break-away kit. Most of the tow dollies I know of do not come with a break-way kit, but they are fairly simple to add. For example, you could use the RoadMaster Tow Dolly with Electric Brakes, part # RM-2000-1. To this you could add a break-away kit like part # 20099 or part # TR20048. I have added a link to a page that has all our break-away kits so you can find the one that best fits your needs or taste. I have added a link to a video that shows how...
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  • Is there a Capacity Requirement for Safety Cable Attachment to the Vehicle for a Breakaway System
  • The connector used should be capable of pulling the pin from the switch at any reasonable angle. You will also want it to be secure enough that you will not lose the cable and pin in the unfortunate event of a breakaway. Many people just put the cable through the chain loop on the hitch and then run the pin through the small loop in the end of the cable. This secures the cable to the hitch and no other parts are needed. In this configuration you need to mount the switch close enough...
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  • Breakaway Kits Meet DOT Requirements
  • Yes all of our breakaway kits meet DOT requirements.
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  • Replacing Break-Away System Pin on Travel Trailer
  • If the same company that manufactured your break-away switch manufactured the cable/pin kit you purchased, the new pin should work fine. If the pin and the switch are from different manufacturers, the pin most likely will not fit. When you pull the old pin to replace it with the new one, the brakes will indeed apply, but they should let loose when you insert the pin back into the switch.
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  • Troubleshooting a Breakaway Kit that Applies Voltage on Trailer Brakes All the Time
  • It sounds like you may have wired your setup in such a way that the battery is somehow putting voltage on the brake output circuit which is why your brakes are locking up. Check the third page of the installation instructions I attached to see the wiring diagram on how it should be wired up and compare it to your setup. You should also check to make sure that the plunger is properly installed into the switch.
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  • Trailer Brakes Work with Break Away System But Not with Brake Controller
  • It sounds like the brake controller might need to be reset or the wiring from the vehicle side to the break away system needs to be examined. Try adjusting the power output of the controller. If that does not work you can test the controller itself using a circuit tester like # 3808 if needed. Sever the blue wire a few inches from the back of the controller and use the circuit tester to test the end coming from the controller while applying the manual override. If it does not show power...
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  • Testing Trailer Brake Magnets With Full 12V Power Supplied Using the Brake Controller Override
  • In order to deliver full 12 volt power to your brakes while performing a pull test you can also use the override functions on your brake controller. This will avoid installing any switches, or disturbing any of the existing functional wiring. Switches can be forgotten, and additional connection points or unnecessary splices of the breakaway system can lead to problems like corrosion down the road. To use the override function on your brake controller you would turn the power of the...
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  • After Installation of Tow Ready Trailer Breakaway Kit # TR20048 Light is Not Working
  • On the Tow Ready Trailer Breakaway Kit, part # TR20048, when you push the test button the green LED will light if the battery is over 12 volts. If the battery is less than 12 volts the red LED will light. If the battery is below 6 volts, neither LED light will illuminate. That would indicate a dead battery. I would also recommend to check the wiring of your breakaway kit. I am including a link to a video of the breakaway kit being installed. 1 - Connect one black wire from the breakaway...
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  • Brake Controller Does Not Detect Trailer when Breakaway System is Connected
  • The most common issue with breakaway systems occurs because of the wiring. They do not always make it as straight forward as it could be. Starting from the trailer side connector the brake output wire will go to the brakes and to the breakaway switch. The other wire from the switch will go to the brake output wire on the breakaway battery. The power wire to charge the breakaway battery will connect to the 12 volt wire from the trailer connector. And the battery ground wire should be...
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  • How to Bypass a Trailer Breakaway System on a Trailer
  • There is a way to bypass the breakaway system of your trailer but I would only recommend you do so to get your trailer to a dealer so that it can be fixed. If you were to get pulled over and the breakaway system was to be tested you would get in trouble. To simply bypass the system you would just need to cut the wire that goes from the switch to the brake output circuit of your trailer wiring.
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  • Brake Controller and Trailer Break-Away Kit Recommendations for a 1996 Dodge Dakota
  • I can certainly help you out with choosing a brake controller, installation, and finding the right break-away kit for your needs. First, the 1996 Dodge Dakota did not come with a factory installed 7-Way trailer connector. So you will need to add one. The easiest way to install a 7-Way would be to first install a 4-Way flat if the truck does not already have one. You would need part # 118329. I have included a link to the installation details and a video showing a typical installation. With...
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  • Troubleshooting Weak Trailer Brakes and Breakaway Switch that Doesn't Work at All
  • It sounds like you need to check the trailer braking system out. I would start by making sure that the connectors on the vehicle and trailer are connected properly, and that there is no corrosion in either of the connectors. Corrosion can rob power from the trailer brakes especially because the trailer brake circuit is in the lower position in the connector and next to the ground wire. Using some dielectric grease, item # 11755, in the connection can often help a great deal. Make sure...
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  • Could Road Debris Pull the Pin on Trailer Breakaway System
  • Once the pin on the break away switch is pulled, the brakes on the trailer will engage. I have not heard of this occurring, but it is possible. I would recommend routing the cable that pulls the pin as close as possible to the trailer frame. You can use a few strips of electrical tape to hold the cable in place so that it is not hanging down and easily snagged. If the trailer should come loose and the safety chains should fail, the tape would not prevent the cable from pulling the pin...
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  • How Long Should a Trailer Breakaway Cable Be
  • The best length for the cable of a breakaway system like the Tow Ready Trailer Break Away Kit # TR20048 that you referenced will be where the pin would get pulled right as the trailer would come uncoupled. The reason for this is that if the trailer would come uncoupled and the safety chains were to catch the trailer you would still want the brakes to apply. I attached a couple helpful links on breakaway systems for you to check out also.
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  • Anti-Theft Device Recommendation for a 2014 Stealth Trailer
  • That would work for about 15 minutes, then the battery would die and the brakes would release. This could potentially get you in trouble with your DOT if you were to get pulled over too since they require that your breakaway system be fully charged when towing at all times. I attached an FAQ article on breakaway systems for you to check out also. For a better theft deterrent that would last more than 15 minutes I would recommend the Fulton Trailer Keeper Wheel Lock # FTK1000100. This...
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  • Trailer Breakaway Cable and Plunger Replacement Recommendation
  • Sounds like you are trying to replace the cable on the breakaway switch of your trailer. If you are trying to pull the plunger out you would not need to put any current on any of the wires to get the plunger to release. It is pretty hard to release by design. It takes about 40 lbs of force to remove. We sell several different replacement plungers and cables for several different brands of breakaway systems. Without knowing what brand system you have it would be hard for me to pick out...
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  • What Type Of Clip Is Used To Attach The Cable Of Tow Ready Breakaway Kit # TR20048 To The Vehicle
  • The Tow Ready Trailer Breakaway Kit, part # TR20048, does require a pretty good pull on the cable for it to come out of the breakaway switch. It is designed to be able to be pulled out when the trailer becomes disconnected from the vehicle, but not when there is just a light pull from any small object that might interfere with the cable. They do not list a pulling strength on the cable of the breakaway kit. Many people just put the cable through the safety chain loop on the hitch and...
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  • What are the DOT Requirements for Trailer Breakaway Systems for Miltary Trailers
  • I can certainly help. You will want to look at DOT/FMCSA regulation 393.43, specifically paragraph (d). This regulation should have everything that you need for what the Navy requires. In general, a breakaway system needs to be sufficient enough to apply the trailer brakes on fully for at least 15 minutes.
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  • Do All Trailers with Electric Brakes have to have a Breakaway System
  • No, but your local and state laws may require one. You will need to check anywhere you will be towing the trailer to determine if a breakaway system is required by law. They are also just a good idea in general because they will stop a run away trailer should it get disconnected from the tow vehicle. We have several different breakaway options which I have linked to the right. I have also included a link to our help article on breakaway systems for you.
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  • Do You Have a Video of a Break Away Kit Installation
  • We do have a video of a break-away kit being installed. Part # TR20048 is a Break Away Kit from Tow Ready, that includes a battery and a charger. I have added a link to the part and the video below.
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  • Dimensions of the Battery Box in the Tow Ready Trailer Break Away Kit # TR20048
  • I went and pulled a Tow Ready Trailer Break Away Kit # TR20048 from our warehouse to measure the dimensions of the battery box and found that the box has an overall height of 6 inches, the width of the box including the brackets is 7-3/4 inches, without brackets (just the box itself) 6-1/2 inches wide, and 3-5/8 inches deep.
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  • Troubleshooting Breakaway System For Snowmobile Trailer
  • The most common issue with breakaway systems is usually because of the wiring. It can be confusing at times. Starting from the trailer side connector the brake output wire will go to the brakes and to the breakaway switch. The other wire from the switch will go to the brake output wire on the breakaway battery. The power wire to charge the breakaway battery will connect to the 12 volt wire from the trailer connector. And the battery ground wire should be grounded to the trailer connector...
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