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Push button tester lets you know your break away system is ready to go. Box mounts on the side of the trailer tongue. System is designed to bring a trailer safely to a stop by activating its electric brakes, should it disconnect while you are towing.
The Breakaway system is designed to bring trailers safely to a stop by activating electric brakes, should a trailer be disconnected while you are driving. This type of safety system is required in most states on trailers rated over 3,000 GVW.
LED light glows when battery is charged.
Same as 20119 (brown box)
Video of Engager Trailer BreakAway Kit with Charger and Tester
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Today were going to review part number 20099. This is the Hopkins Engager Trailer Breakaway Kit with the charger and tester. This breakaway system kit is designed to bring trailers safely to a stop by activating its electric trailer brakes on the trailer should that trailer be disconnected while driving. This type of safety system is required in most states on trailers that are rated over 3,000 pounds. This kit does include a built in battery charger in this weather resistant battery box. On the side is a sealed 12-volt rechargeable 5 amp battery.
It does also include this breakaway switch. It has an LED tester, which is included in here. You will see if you push it itll show green for charged. Now if it shows red it would need to be recharged and if it shows yellow that means its charging. It does also include the mounting screws to mount this to the trailer and includes this cable with the pin on the end.
The pin is what would attach into the breakaway switch.Now this box can be mounted on a trailer jack or on the trailer frame. This will work with single axle and tandem axle trailers. This does have an automatic shut off. When fully charged this green indicator light will remain on even when the charge is full. Basically the way you would install this, you would use your three mounting screws and theres the three mounting locations.
This box has three wires coming out of it. The white would need to be attached to a good ground. The black would go to the vehicles battery, and then this blue wire would actually attach to the blue wire on this breakaway switch. Then this other black wire on the breakaway switch would attach to the electric brake wire coming from the trailer side connector. This would actually be mounted closer to the front of the trailer.Basically once thats all wired up what you need to do is insert your pin and push it all the way in and then run your steel cable here up to your tow vehicle and attach it.
What happens in the case of where your trailer might come disconnected it would pull that pin out. When that pin was released from this breakaway switch it would activate current from this battery box to the electric brakes on your trailer, which then would stop the trailer immediately.A few dimensions on this. This box is 5 and 5/8 inches wide. It is 5 and 1/8 inches tall and 4 and 1/8 inch deep. That should do it for the review on part number 20099, the Hopkins Engager Trailer Breakaway Kit with charger and tester.
Average Customer Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (82 Customer Reviews)Push button tester lets you know your break away system is ready to go. Box mounts on the side of the trailer tongue. System is designed to bring a trailer safely to a stop by activating its electric brakes, should it disconnect while you are towing.
by: Mike B.04/14/2010
Excellent product! I got this for Christmas 2009. The kit comes complete with unit and easy-to-follow instructions. I installed it last week (4/10) in about 30 minutes and it worked like a charm (minus a little brake wire issue that had nothing to do with the break-away switch). The charger works off the wiring harness, for those of us who don't have PUP batteries, and a push of the test button shows charge status: Fully Charged, Recharge, or Charging. No guess work involved. The only complaint, albeit a very minor one, was that it only came with three (3) self-taping screws; the main housing unit took 3 on my unit (sometimes two depending on the width of the mount frame) and the switch housing requires one. Additional cost: $0.13 at the local hardware store. Highly recommended!!! 2931
Seems adequate Just installed this on our 09 Fleetwood Taos which did not come with a battery. Installation not too difficult, but battery box is too tall to get all three screws on the tongue frame, so just used two and seems sturdy enough. On the camper, I had two wires (a black and a white) coming out of the frame near the 7-wire cable, these had a connector clip at the end. The camper had a breakaway switch that was spliced to these 2 wires. So I followed the wiring diagram and connected the new switch and battery to these wires, instead of splicing into the 7-wire cable. Will do a test, to see if this was right. Wires from battery box are not long enough to mount the battery to frame under the front of the camper and reach the switch near front of the tongue. 3109
I will just make this short, overall it’s a good product, straight forward, easy to install. I wanted something that would keep my break away battery charged. With a built in battery charger and indicator this fit the bill. I however find that it is very susceptible to rain intrusion because there is no seal between the lid and battery box. The charge indicator light will come on and kill your battery, so because I needed this thing on the road, I dried it out and sealed it up with silicone. I did contact E-trailer and the where very helpful with my issue. 172058
Got my breakaway kit in 2 days. It took 2 Hrs to install...works GREAT>>>>>it replaced the 7 year old dead batt and kit on trailer. My trailer don't have a "power" wire for the charger..if your trailer does cut 30 min's off install time. As a professional truck driver SAFETY FIRST on my trailer...and the Test button lets me know it is good to go. 13925
by: Tim P.04/09/2011
Pros: Sturdy enclosure, test button, break-away switch comes with 2 pins (handy when somebody drives off with your break-away cable) Cons: Conductors battery enclosure without any jacket/loom, conductors not protected from chaffing where they exit the plastic battery enclosure, conductors leaving battery box are short (18"), no strain relief of conductors exiting battery box (only thing holding them in the box is the solder connection to the charger pcb). Self-tapping screws don't appear corrosion resistant. Not sure if there is a higher quality product available. While this will get the job done, I wasn't impressed. 11407
Great item, installs easy and works gre at. 125127
Bought this to replace the box that was torn up by thieves who stole my trailer. Previous box did not have the battery charge tester, so this is a nice upgrade. Very durable construction. Easy installation and instructions, which included a good drawing. Super fast shipping, which prompted me to order more items. Have dealt with etrailer.com in the past, and I am glad that I returned. 65762
I own several trailers with electric brakes on two axles with this kit. All have lasted for many years. Indicator light is very handy for an easy check especially if I don't use the trailer very often. Easy to wire in to an existing system. Most all new trucks come with a battery lead to the factory connector that keeps this battery charged. Just need to make sure to have a 6 or 7 pin plug to the trailer. 175816
by: Rick S.09/18/2012
Arrived within a couple of days, everything I thought it would be, took a hour to mount because I soldered and heat shrunk all connections. Everythng I've ever bought from etrailer has been quality parts. 55074
by: Tim M06/18/2012
The easiest, most courteous, prompt people to do business with. I have already told anyone that would listen how accommodating etrailer is. I was pleased my shipping was free but couldn’t believe it when they emailed me and told me they upgraded my delivery with no additional charges. I had everything delivered in one box in 3 days and all parts were excactly correct and worked perfectly. 44638
by: Performance Irrigation01/31/2013
The verdict is still out on this unit, but it is what comes on all of the trailers we have purchased even the brand new one we just recieved. We do have some issues with the LED staying on after detaching the truck from the trailer, but hopefully a new unit will take care of it this time. 64716
great product, better service Very nicely packaged, plastic case appears to be very durable with sturdy mounting tabs, entire assembly is very compact and easy to mount. All hardware is included. Installation instructions are clear, complete, and easy to understand. 4212
by: Scott W.06/04/2013
Exactly what was described. The product was manufactured well and very easy to install. The information provided was easy to decipher and used the wiring harness diagram for easy install. I never go just color wire to color wire so wiring by function was easy. 83327
by: Ricky M10/22/2011
The kit has all the components you need to complete the breakaway system for your trailer with electric brakes. I conjunction with a junction box (Item 38656 or similar), I rewired the front of my trailer with a very neat, clean, and serviceable system. 25967
Product was exactly what I expected... Insulation was a breeze with the great directions included... Used this to replace the old kit on my 32' enclosed race car trailer... Recommend this product to anyone that is need of a new break away kit..... 147491
Breakaway kit is easy to mount and connect. Very clear instructions. Good value for the money. The folks at etrailer.com are great. Very nice website, easy search, loads of products, great support and fast shipping with standard UPS. Thanks. 7945
by: bob ettel09/26/2014
the product description gave me all the info to make an informed decision. The price was by far the lowest I found and shipping cost was very reasonable. And I also appreciate the follow up. I would highly recommend your company. Thanks!!! 153279
by: larry fraser05/25/2011
this type of installation is not only easy but will help when my clients get pulled over for any reason by a traffic officer who wants to check his trailer. They can at a glance see the battery is good. We have installed 7 of these so far. 15390
by: Access Const.03/17/2011
2nd time purchasing from E-trailer, 1st time for this product, always easy to order, aways prompt delivery, and always ready to help you. Product is what I expected in great shape when delivered. Have not given it the test drive yet. 9589
by: Jimmy J.11/18/2014
Product arrived a day earlier than expected (Happy) So far the service from E-trailer has been excellent.... One of the best vendor web sites I have ever visited...keep up the good work...I'll be back 161662
Easy to install! Works perfectly and was a great safety addition to my 16ft trailer. Would definitely recommend this product to anyone with a large trailer that's used regularly for heavy loads. 85971
I wired this break away to a dual axle trailer. Very simple and straight forward job to do. It works great. Still holding a charge after weeks of not using. I would definitely buy this again. 91867
by: Wayne P.04/21/2014
The unit currently on the trailer needed a new battery and some repair to box itself from sun and usage, it was almost the same price to replace the entire unit as fix, plus saved time for me. 126323
by: Mitchell Davis01/30/2012
When I got the break away kit when it was delivered to my house I started installing it an it was a ease to hook up an I been working great for 2 years on my trailer thanks alot once again 30525
by: DAVE Z05/02/2012
The Engager breakaway kit is an excellent product, easy to install with good wiring diagrams. E Trailer had a good priced and shipped very quickly. Good customer service. 39217
by: Fred F12/24/2011
Very quick delivery, excellent communications, they went the extra mile to get me the products I ordered in the time frame I had. Thank You and Merry Christmas 28679
Product was shipped only a day after I ordered it and was delvered within just a few days, product was easy to install and seems to be a really great item. 28993
by: Ed H.05/28/2014
Product exactly as expected, shipped immediately, and delivered quickly via standard shipping. I would certainly make future purchases via trailer. 133060
by: Karl Hoult12/05/2013
Received everything as I ordered. Great price and fast shipping. 5 minute install of the brake control with the wiring adapter for my truck. 109312
by: Don W01/15/2013
Exact replacement for kit that came on my 2007 Sundowner. Fairly easy install, except for the rivets Sundowner used on the factory install. 63084
by: Steve G.01/04/2013
The product was exactly what I was looking for. I recieved it in 3 days with a holiday in-between the service was great and pricing was fair. 62447
by: big d03/28/2011
fast ship, quality product, company checked on my satisfaction. this company gets an A in my book for customer service and a quality product. 10523
by: bob k06/03/2014
Great Breakaway kit , I have used them before and this is the most complete ,easy to install kit . Would recommend them highly. 133948
by: Edward H.12/13/2012
The product that was received is as described in web site. E-Trailer was quick to respond in shipping item to the adddress. 61321
by: Andrew MacDonald02/23/2011
Does what it says, website has extremely helpful information and the product shipped immediately with clear instructions. 7737
So far so good. I had my brother-in-law install it on my older Circle J horse trailer. He mounted it in the tackroom. 63704
by: Mark O.12/03/2014
Timely shipping of orders arrived in great shape Looks like it will be easy to install using your video Thanks 163258
Really easy to install. Great instructions. The battery came charged and ready to go. Thanks, etrailer. 94408
by: Mac J.08/31/2011
Everything was delivered as expected. I have used the product before - it has worked very well. Thanks, Mac 23299
by: Gerald C.02/17/2011
Installed easily during BBQ Trailer Rebuild. Battery holds life and recharges while truck is attached. 7321
by: brandon h09/13/2012
shipped fast easy to install even though my trailer wiring was a little backwards. works great!!! 54575
Yet to be installed. Effectiveness to be determined. Product is as described on Web page. 55647
by: Greg C09/08/2011
Exact replacement breakaway kit for my trailer. Easy to install took about 30 minutes . 23678
This was an exact replacement for what had been previously installed on my tow dolly. 136392
by: Big D08/05/2014
Works great. Easy to hook up and easy to see led panel for charge and battery state. 144433
by: Eric S.04/05/2011
Like the battery moniter feature and the break away switch comes with a spare insert. 11131
Good price, fast delivery and product is what I expected - as advertised. Thanks 64364
by: Charles D.08/24/2012
Best bang for the buck, easy to see if it is charged, holds up well in the weather. 52920
by: David W06/02/2014
PERFECT FIT ITEM JUST AS DISCRIBED FAST SHIPPING WILL DO BUSINESS WITH THEM AGIAN 133664
Excellent product and very easy to install. Can't beat this unit for the price. 64754
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