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Hopkins Replacement Break-Away Switch, 44" Lead Wires

Hopkins Replacement Break-Away Switch, 44" Lead Wires

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Hopkins Accessories and Parts - HM20014

  • Trailer Breakaway Kit
  • Switches
  • Hopkins


  • Replacement Switch for Break Away Kits
  • Lead wires measure 44"

NOTE: For replacement cable and pin, use HM20051

20014 Hopkins Replacement Breakaway Switch

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Video Transcript for Hopkins Replacement Break-Away Switch Review

The Hopkins breakaway switch is a great replacement breakaway switch for your trailer. After a few years with the breakaway switch sitting out in the elements, depending on how it's stored, rust and corrosion can potentially occur fairly quickly if it is really exposed. And what will happen is if it is heavily corroded on the inside, when you pull the pin out, the contacts may not make good contact with another. They may not close all the way and touch and then it will not activate your brakes. So it is important that you test your breakaway switch before you go out. I usually just give it a pull and then just hop in the truck and throw it in gear without pressing the gas.

You should be able to usually roll a little bit forward or whatnot, maybe touch the gas a little bit if you're on some sort of an incline. And if it feels like your brakes are applied, then you know that you're good. You can insert your pin again and hit the road. But if you pull that pin, you hop in your truck, and it just pulls off, like you have no brakes, then you probably don't have a functioning breakaway switch or you could have an issue with your brakes. Obviously, if you got a brake controller, you can use that to verify if your brakes are working.

And if it works with the brake controller but not with the pin pulled, then you know that your switch here is no good and it needs to be replaced. Replacing your switch is easy, as it's only two wires, it just has a power wire and a brake output wire that goes to the electric brakes on your vehicle. And when the pin is pulled, it just jumps the contact between those two circuits together to send power directly from the battery back to the brakes. This switch comes in two different wiring length options. You can either get the 44 inch version, which is what we installed today, has 44-inch leads coming off the back, or you can get it in the 7 inch version which just has 7-inch wires coming out of the back.

So we'll begin our installation here by taking our switch. We've got two wires that we'll need to hook up and we'll need to mount it on the trailer with the tab there. To get this switch mounted up, we're gonna be using just a self-tapping screw. And then I did put a fender washer on it to increase the surface area, just to make sure that we've got good force on here. I also like that too 'cause it helps the switch, gives it kind of a chance to pivot a little bit better when it's in there.

So in case it's not perfectly straight, if you have a disconnect it can kind of pivot the switch to be straight with the vehicle and pull the pin out straight. So we're gonna mount it just on the bottom side of the trailer. We're gonna be putting it probably right here next to the switch box. That way it's close to the front. So that way our cable here will be long enough to be able to reach the vehicle and attach. So yeah, we're gonna put it in roughly that location there. And it's easier to just use the screw by itself to make the initial hole, and we can always zip it back out. So it is gonna take some pressure to get it to drill. There we go. And then we can just run it right back out, got our threads and everything made. We'll put our washer back on our bolt, line it up with our switch and then run it in there. That way you don't gotta hold a bunch of stuff together while you're trying to do this. And we've got our switch mounted and you can see it's got some pivot to it. So if it needs it, it can kind of transition to the best pull position for our vehicle there. So now we'll hook our wires up to our junction box here. I've already took the cover off the junction box. We have two wires here, a blue and a black. The black wire will go to power, so that way our switch has power going to it. And the blue wire will go to the electric brake, to the output that's gonna actually go to the brakes at the back. That way, if the pin gets pulled, it'll complete the circuit sending power from our battery down the black wire, through the switch, out the blue wire to our brakes at the back to activate 'em. So we're gonna push it through one of the grommets here on the side of our box. If you don't have a junction box and you don't wanna put one on, you'll just need to find your trailer brake wiring on your 7-way. It is typically the blue wire that's on your 7-way. And the black wire is typically the power from your 7-way. So for example, if you we're looking for trailer brake wires, you didn't have one of these boxes, here's our 7-way wiring. We hooked it into our box, but a lot of times that 7-way wiring, if you don't have a junction box, it'll just kind of go into the frame and my hole like this, or just run down the side of the frame back to your brakes and you can find the wiring there. So blue wires are gonna be brakes on ours. And again, that's usually the standard on most trailers is the blue wire. So we've got our blue here. This etrailer junction box simplifies things and gives you an easy way to hook a bunch of stuff up 'cause all of our 7-way wires have coloring on them and it matches up with the coloring on the end of the studs here. So it makes things just easy to make your connections. You can get this box here at etrailer and I do highly recommend it 'cause it protects all your connections from moisture and just really makes your trailer installation a lot neater and easier to work with, easier to add accessories and stuff like that in the future. So we're gonna take our wiring here. We're gonna trim it down. I usually recommend the 44 inch, people that have junction boxes just 'cause you don't know what kinda length you're gonna need to be able to go around, in, and then up. Sometimes it does exceed the 7 inch. If you're just hooking into like your 7-way here at the front and you're just gonna tap into it, then usually the 7-inch is good enough so you can mount the switch next to that. And then just reach right in here where you can splice into 'em. Both of these wires, we're gonna put ring terminals on. We've got our ring terminals connected. We just crimped it onto the wires. We can make our connections here on our breakaway, or in our box, or junction box here. So I'm just removing the nut for the blue stud here. And then oftentimes in these boxes you'll have a little washer on there. So just slide your little washer off. Then we'll hook up our circuits. Our blue is gonna go over here to this connection point. So we'll just slide that in place. We can then put our washer back on and then our nut. After we hooked up our blue wire we just hooked the black wire to the black post. Again, that's our battery positive. If you are doing this on your box, be careful when hooking it up to the black wire, because that is a live circuit that's hooked to the battery. One way you could make it safer is you could just disconnect the positive or negative side from your battery. I recommend usually the negative side, just disconnect the negative side of your battery. That'll remove power from your whole trailer once that negative side's disconnected and then this wire won't be live so you can make your connections without having to worry about any shorts. After we've got that connected up though, we're just gonna reinstall the cover on our box and then we'll test everything out. There's a couple of ways you can test it. We can verify the breakaway switch. You can do it right here on the junction box that you we're in, with your test light to see that it's getting output. And you can also verify that it's working by actually checking your brakes. That's the best way to do it. So you're verifying that your brakes are also working, but if you know your brake's working, you just need to check your switch, then you could do it with a test light. So we'll do it with a test light right here. And then we'll go back to the brake and show you that it works there as well. So I have a little breakout wire that I've got here to go inside the box to be able to check the brakes. So we're just gonna poke it in there and I'm gonna pull the pin and you can see that it's sending current back to my brakes right now. Put the pin back in and it stops. So what we're gonna do now is I've jacked up the trailer on the side. If I go back here and spin the wheel, you'll see that it's gonna rotate. I'm gonna pull the pin and it should have stopped the wheel from rotating. And then if I try to rotate it now, I'm unable to rotate it, the brakes are applied. When I put the pin back in, you should hear the brakes release. And we heard it release back there. We'll double-check to make sure that it did release and our brakes did release, so our breakaway switch is working properly. Our brakes are working. We're ready to get out and go on adventures again..

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Hopkins Replacement Break-Away Switch, 44" Lead Wires - HM20014

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (51 Customer Reviews)


The Break-Away switch was so easy to install. The instructions were spot on even for me, a 78 year old great grandma with no electronic background.


It works as it should . Bought this for my flat towing modification to my Ford Maverick!


Leads were a little short


Great company to deal with. Ordered several times and always happy with products. Arrived fast, actually ahead of schedule.

Very nice product
James - 07/12/2021


Excellent product. We use these hangers on all our 4 trucks. The service by is great. Always so easy to get hold of a rep and order the parts we need. Love working with them.


Thanks for the great review and comments, Rent a Gardner !!! We agree that the service is excellent.
Hopkins C from - 04/20/2017


I ordered this replacement switch to replace the Esco switch. Works well and the key fits nicely. I also ordered a second key buy ordered the wrong key. cough my mistake and contacted me about the mistake. Nice customer service.


Installed my brake release today. Went like clockwork. Took me about 20 minutes. Thanks.

Paul - 08/28/2017


Excellent service and very happy with the quality of the products.

Thanks George P. for reviewing the Break-Away Switch!! Hopkins appreciates your business.
Hopkins C from - 05/11/2017


Replacement part, simple installation. Functions well as designed

Thanks Ken s. for a great review and rating!! Hopkins appreciates your business.
Hopkins C from - 07/10/2017


have not had any problems with any of your products and time from order to ship is great

going up and down road no problems
gary w - 03/20/2018


A year after installation it still works perfectly. Trailer is stored outside and this item holds up against the weather perfectly. Installation was simple and straight forward.


Not much to say...1 bolt, 2 wires...don e.


Good replacement for ESCO breakaway swi tch.


Purchased this last year...haven't camped yet this year but very pleased with etrailer products and service.


Nice product. I like the long wire leads; we can make the connections in our j-box


Just what I needed. My pin broke off inside when I went to test the original switch. Wouldn’t have done much good. I’ll check this one more often and apply a little silicone.


Products were exactly as I expected and per etrailer's description.
Price was good, service was excellent and expedient.

I love the comprehensive service of this company!


Super product, fast shipping, detailed information and the best pricing out there! This was my first purchase from E-trailer and I'm very sure I will be back.
Thanks for the great service!


Carol C.
Really fast shipping, good
looking products, exactly what I wanted. I haven't installed anything yet, kinda waiting for the weather to cooperate. When I get the job finished I'll send more review information and may-be pictures. It was a pleasurable experience doing business with you and I'm sure I will again.


Great products! Fast shipping. Very satisfied. I have already installed them on my trailer. Thanks again


wheels and hubs are good and delivery was on time. thanks.


Great parts and fast delivery. We use etrailer for all our trailer parts for our business. Very very satisfied with them and parts


This switch is sealed on it’s seams, this should help prevent it from corroding and stopping it from working.


brake shoes were exactly as needed!


sent wrong brake assembly for right side , other than that everyting was good very good quality

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  • Cannot Push Plunger Back In On Trailer Breakaway System
    If you cannot push the plunger back into the break-away switch, you may need a replacement switch like the Hopkins # HM20014. These switches are universal between manufacturers so this will work on whatever system you currently have. The brakes on your trailer will release when inserting the pin back in. You can try backing the trailer up just a bit to see if you can release the brakes and try inserting the plunger again.
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  • Does It Matter Which Wire From a Trailer Breakaway System Switch Gets Used
    Yes, a breakaway switch only completes a circuit when the plunger is pulled. You can wire either of your trailer wires to either of the wires of the # HM20014 and it would work great. I attached an FAQ article on breakaway systems for you to check out as well.
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    Most of the breakaway switches from ESCO are part number LBS48-16. We do not carry any of the components for that switch. If you are looking for a replacement switch the Hopkins Replacement Break-Away Switch # HM20014 would work well for you. Since switches are basically universal, this will work. I have attached links to a couple helpful articles about breakaway switches you can check out.
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    The portion of the switch that is pulled out on a breakaway assembly like the Hopkins # HM20014 is keyed, meaning it will only fit back in when in a certain orientation. There isn't a real secret to re-inserting the pin other than just trying to rotate it around as you push it in until you find the correct position. You might also make sure there isn't any debris or corrosion inside the switch that might be preventing the pin from fitting. If you still cannot re-insert the pin or you...
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    A break away kit that is DOT approved requires a battery that can provide a certain amount of power to apply the trailer brakes should the trailer become disconnected from the towing vehicle. I do not recommend that you share the winch battery with the breakaway system but instead have a dedicated break away battery. Having a dedicated battery in a break away system will ensure that it provides the 15 minutes of braking required by Department of Transportation. Our most popular system...
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