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Hopkins Engager Push-To-Test Trailer Breakaway Kit w/ Built-In Charger - Side Load - 7" Wire

Hopkins Engager Push-To-Test Trailer Breakaway Kit w/ Built-In Charger - Side Load - 7" Wire

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Breakaway system with built-in charger is designed to bring a trailer safely to a stop by activating its electric brakes should it become disconnected while being towed. Push-button tester lets you know if the rechargeable battery is fully charged. Lowest Prices for the best trailer breakaway kit from Hopkins. Hopkins Engager Push-To-Test Trailer Breakaway Kit w/ Built-In Charger - Side Load - 7" Wire part number 20099 can be ordered online at or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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Hopkins Trailer Breakaway Kit

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  • Side Load
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Breakaway system with built-in charger is designed to bring a trailer safely to a stop by activating its electric brakes should it become disconnected while being towed. Push-button tester lets you know if the rechargeable battery is fully charged.


  • Breakaway system activates your trailer's electric brakes if the trailer disconnects from the tow vehicle
  • Push-to-test battery feature offers fast and easy battery testing
    • Test button with LED lights clearly displays battery status
      • Green = charged
      • Yellow = charging
      • Red = low battery
  • Built-in charger automatically refuels battery while trailer is connected to tow vehicle
    • Charges at 1/2 volt below voltage supplied by tow vehicle to prevent over-charging
    • Shut-off feature activates when battery is fully charged
  • Side-loading case is easy to access from the side
    • Weather-resistant construction protects battery from moisture and debris
    • Self-tapping screws included for simple mounting on your trailer's frame
  • Lockable lid deters theft (padlock sold separately)
  • Breakaway switch installs on your trailer's frame - drilling is required
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant
  • 12-Volt rechargeable battery is included


  • Application: single- and tandem-axle trailers with electric brakes
  • Case dimensions: 4-1/8" long x 5-5/8" wide x 5-1/8" tall
  • Battery capacity: 5 amp-hours
  • Mounting hole spacing:
    • 1-1/2" From center of hole to center of hole horizontally
    • 7/8" From center of hole to center of hole vertically
  • Lead wire length: 7"
  • 90-Day warranty

Note: A breakaway system is required by law in most states for trailers that are equipped with electric brakes and have a GTW of at least 3,000 lbs.

20119 Hopkins Engager Break Away System with LED Battery Monitor and Charger - Side Load - 5 amp/hrs - 7" Wiring


Item # 20099

Installation Details 20099 Installation instructions

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Hopkins Engager Push-To-Test Trailer Breakaway Kit w/ Built-In Charger - Side Load - 7" Wire - 20099

Average Customer Rating:  4.8 out of 5 stars   (516 Customer Reviews)

Breakaway system with built-in charger is designed to bring a trailer safely to a stop by activating its electric brakes should it become disconnected while being towed. Push-button tester lets you know if the rechargeable battery is fully charged.


The lid of the battery box was almost impossible to open due to little plastic latches that were very hard to depress to unlatch the lid. No instructions were included on that. When I got the battery box mounter (replacing a previously installed one) the lid flew off the first time on the road, despite my having pressed the latches home as firmly as possible. Don't bother!

I will have our Customer Service team reach out to you.
-- Etrailer Expert Jenny N - 04/15/2022


I bought this brake away system one year ago and have had zero issues. I like the display and the test button still works. Great product, this trailer lives outside far so good.


While Hopkins has made a similar product for ages, this newer iteration is less easy to use. Instead of an actual button, to check battery level, you have to push the plastic casing in, with your finger. I can’t do it. So, you essentially need a tool to check battery level. Lame. I wish my older version still worked.


Installation was easy as this was a rep lacement.


Helpful and courteous good source for trailer needs. Will be buying from again.


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.


I had made several purchases from Etrailer and I have always got great parts service and fast shipping. We all work hard in life to be able to enjoy our hobbies. Rather it be Camping, hauling your race car to the track or keeping your work trailers in good working order. It is nice to have a company that is there to help you maintain your equipment in a economical, knowledgeable,and friendly way. If you are looking for advice,quality parts and trustworthy service look no further. Thanks Will and etrailer for helping me get me rig back on the road and safer. You guys are the best!


I buy all my trailer parts from here. Will not buy from anywhere else. Great product selection, prices and fast shipping.


Received order promptly,it was what I needed. To repair my trailer braking ability, my trailer is now safe to operate on the highways . Thanks.


Got my breakaway kit in 2 days. It took 2 Hrs to 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.


The Hopkins battery box and break away switch showed up in record time with a fully charged battery. I also purchased a 7 blade plug / 24' 7 wire / 2 termination boxes. My old horse trailer has 18 various lights, some always hot, some on toggle, some running lights, stop and turn signals. I used 2 term boxes, front and rear, to help me in chasing future shorts but couldn't find a termination box at my local store. Etrailer had everything I needed to complete my project. I'm looking forward to purchasing trailer tires/rims from this company. The prices can't be beat, assuming free shipping.


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.


Arrived as scheduled. I was replacing stock unit so I only had to drill one hole and cut and splice wires. Very simple and easy installation. Product seems tough built and so nice now to check battery with the push of a button.


so far so good, much better than the top test unit. over time the top test button would take water in and short out the board inside. this one having everything on the side works much better


purchased 2 roof vents and a breakaway kit with charger.Very good quality and very good and quick service.Hopkins breakaway kit has battery with charge control and switch with cable and a great price. Ventline basic roof vents with screen and hand crank and a great price too!!!

I have purchased these product previously and never had any problems with either. Thanks
Bader,dennis - 10/08/2018


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 in the past, and I am glad that I returned.

Hi Patrick, thanks for the one year check-up.I have had no issues with the kit, it all works like it is supposed to. Thankfully, I havent had to test it for what it is designed for.
-- comment by: Gary - 02/14/2014


I converted my car trailer from surge to electric and it could not have been easier
The box was perfect for my needs and has held up well for the first year
All the parts from one site at a great price!

A year later and this product has held up and worked perfectly. Was easy to install and of good quality. I would buy this again if I had a trailer that needed one.
JAY M - 04/25/2020


Highly recommend. Own a 99 F250 7.3 diesel.

install. No issues. We have not had to use the break away aspect thankfully but have no worries that it would work well if the need ever arose.

We replaced our breakaway due to hitch failure on the truck. The bolts had loosened over time and one was missing. The whole hitch system fell to the ground under a full load at a red light. After my husband hyperventilated we were able to get traffic to stop and go 25 feet to safety.

We are very familiar with the need for a break away and highly recommend. What happened to us is rare and our mechanics are so paranoid now that inspection of hitch systems no matter the truck are fully inspected so far they have found and prevented five potential disasters.

All of our replacement items came from etrailer....hitch...ball..tongue and breakaway. We upgraded the weight limit of the hitch matching the weight to ball and tongue. We are currently saving to replace our jack to a more heavy duty easy use high weight bearing. When we do we will head to etrailer for our new jack.

Highly recommend this company and all of the associates we have talked to have been great.

Btw upgrading the hitch and tongue to handle weight has helped our hauling ability, ride and fuel. mileage.

Have a wonderful day


This is a very good product.We have it on a goose neck horse trailer.Would buy it again

Great Product would buy again
Peggy M - 04/25/2021


The product itself was fine. However, no instructions were included. It would be nice to have those for reference.

Nikki N - 06/23/2021


Well, you may not see the actual brake controller in these shots, but I wanted to display just how much etrailer product was used to restore this old trailer. Re-decked the trailer, new wheel bearings, added brakes on all 4 with this brake controller and battery powered emergency disconnect... new rust protection, primer and paint, new lights and wiring all the way around, new wiring harness/box, and new tire carrier. Nearly all product except the decking and paint was from etrailer. the customer support was fantastic, I highly recommend this company!


Good price, easy to use, no issues. Placed on drawbar for easy access.


Item came with NO installation instructions. Had to search, download and printout on my own. Item P/N was NOT listed on mfr's site but did find instructions under a different PN. No mounting hardware (screws) were provided. Item was successfully installed on Utility/Car Mover trailer and appears to work properly. Battery capacity is minimal (5VA) - will power a single axle brake (5 amps) for less than an hour. Tow vehicle battery charger (12v) circuit is mandatory. No provision for an external battery charger connection is provided. DO NOT TEST while electrically connected to tow vehicle - it will damage your Brake Controller. This is important because connecting the breakaway switch lanyard as recommended requires pulling the plug from the switch which back feeds 12v to the tow vehicle's brake controller. Must connect the lanyard BEFORE connecting the trailer electrical cable and vice-versa when disconnecting. Switch mounting plate is very thin and flimsy - easily bent when applying force necessary to reinsert breakaway plug. Must hold the housing while inserting. Do not install the battery housing or switch where subject to possible external physical impact forces or loads. They are both plastic and easily damaged.


Item was a perfect replacement. Very similar to the original of the same brand, and even the mounting holes lined up perfectly. I've installed it on a 30 foot flatbed PT Trailer Gooseneck and it works great!

Product has been working flawlessly. Its been great!
Art - 06/18/2019


Items were poorly packaged. Grease caps were damaged. Grease seals were sized wrong. No instructions for breakaway switch. Brakes were not assembled properly causing significant time troubleshooting the issue. Called customer service, representative sounded insincere when apologizing. E trailer did send new grease caps, did not offer any compensation for incorrect grease seals. They also told me to contact Hopkins regarding an issue with the breakaway switch wiring. Overall good pricing, poor packaging, and mediocre customer service. After all the positive reviews, I expected more.

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