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Hopkins Engager Push-To-Test Trailer Breakaway Kit Review

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Review of the Hopkins Engager Push-To-Test Trailer Breakaway Kit

Hey everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today, we're going to be taking a look at and showing you how to install the Hopkins engager push-to-test breakaway trailer kit. The kit that we have here today is a side loader. And so the battery is going to be accessed inside the case from this panel on the side. However, if your trailer has different restrictions where you're not able to pull this off from the side, there's also kits available that allow you to access the battery from the top. So what this kit is designed to do is apply your trailer's brakes, if it we're to become disconnected from your tow vehicle.

Now, the way it's going to do that is you're also going to have a breakaway switch that is mounted on the trailer with a little tether on it. This tether will get connected to the tow vehicle and if the trailer breaks away, it pulls this pin and that'll actually apply the brakes.Now that's a good thing because it's going to help keep you more safe and legal since most states require the use of this. And many of our customers even said after sitting outside for a year or so, the battery not only has held up and maintained a charge, but the box keeps everything sealed and in good shape. Now, if you don't happen to mount your breakaway box in a toolbox or lock box, for example, that you might have on the front of your trailer, if security is a concern for you, there's actually two holes on the side of the lid and that'll allow you to put a padlock there just to help keep the battery inside secure. And something I noticed too, which is a little different about this kit compared to some of the other ones is the size of the breakaway switch.

Now that's not a huge deal, but it is always nice to save a little bit of room.It's just going to give you a little more mounting options, especially if everything is real busy, here upfront. So overall with how well-built this is with that automatic battery charger, it shouldn't give you a whole lot of problems. It should be really easy to use. And you just hook up to your trailer and go. Especially with that tester button, whenever you do store your trailer or take it out of storage and hook up to it, you'll know if the battery's good or if you need to charge it.

So it's going to be really low maintenance. Now, as far as the installation goes, there's only a handful of wires that need hooked up. So it's really not too bad. It's pretty straightforward. Like I said earlier, once you have it installed, you're really not going to have to think about it, you know, to work.And you'll be good to go.

Speaking of installation, let's go ahead and hook it up together. Now to begin our install, you're first going to want to mount up your breakaway box. Now I secured ours for our trailer, just using some self-tapping screws and each trailer in situation. It's going to be a little bit different, how the front of the trailer is set up, but you want to choose a spot that's out of the way and still easy to get to. And the box is going to be four and one eighth of an inch long, five and five eighths of an inch wide and five and one eight of an inch tall. So this measurement should help you figure out a good spot to mount the box on your trailer. Once we have our box mounted, we can come over and mount up our switch.I like to put this relatively close to the coupler and as straight as possible. And our trailer actually already had a little stud coming out here. So I just used a nut to secure it you can always use a self-tapping screw though. And as I mentioned before, every trailer's going to be a little bit different, but this is how ours turned out. Now we can start to get everything wired up. We're going to first start with our main box here, the black and white wire coming out of the box. These are actually going to run over to our junction box. So what we can do is pull this cover off. That way, it'll expose all the connections underneath.And set this to the side. So that out of the way, you can go ahead and slip your wires into the box. That way, we can kind of eyeball them and cut them to length. Now the white wire, this is going to be a ground wire. So we'll connect this right here, where our other ground wires meet. And the black wire, this is going to go to battery power or auxiliary power. And in our case, that terminal is right here. I like to kind of give myself a little extra slack. A little extra wire, set that to length, same thing with the white wire. Okay, well, we can strip these ends back and put on some ring terminals. I'm going to use a yellow one for this white wire, cause it's a little bit thicker. We'll do the same thing for the black wire. We'll grab our socket and take off the nuts on our studs here. Go ahead and slip that white wire onto our ground. Just run that nut back down to get it secured.We'll just do the same thing for this one, which is our 12 volt auxiliary power. Now, if you move over here to our breakaway switch, you're going to have a black wire and a blue wire coming out of the back of it. These are also going to have to get routed over to our junction box. So I went ahead and did that, and this is the path that I took. Just kind of dropped them down. And this wire loom right here actually has some wires in it that does run over to the junction box. So I just put that black and blue wire in it, ran it along and back over to the other side here. So here's where they come out of the wire loom. And then I just put the ends through that opening to get them inside.And the last and final wire is going to be this blue wire out of our main box. We're also going run this inside. That way all of our connections will be protected from our junction box case. So our blue wire that's coming from our breakaway switch. It's this wire right here. This is going to get connected to our electric brake signal, which in our junction box, it is at this post. So again, we'll kind of eyeball it out, cut it to length. Get a ring terminal crimped on, get it connected like we did the other ones.The last two wires that we need to hook up will be the black wire from our breakaway switch and the blue wire from our box itself. At least two wires need to get connected together. So there's a couple of different ways you could do this the first way being a buck connector like this, you could simply connect the two ends together to get that done. Or in our case, I actually have an empty post here on our junction box. So I'm going to put ring terminals on the ends of these wires and put them both together to make that connection. That way I'll do the same thing, kind of eyeballed the length that I need. I'm going to cut, strip it back, and our ring terminals crimped on. All of our connections made. We can go ahead and pop our lid back on and tidy up all of our wiring.Now we can test everything out to make sure that it's working properly. So with one of the wheels up in the air, you should be able to spin it freely. But if we have a friend pull our breakaway switch and engages the brake and we know it's working fine and that'll finish up our look at and our installation of the Hopkins engager push-to-test breakaway trailer kit.

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