Breakaway System by Bargman®. Trailers with electric brakes are required to have a breakaway system that applies the brakes in the unlikely possibility of coming loose from the tow vehicle at speed. These systems use a small lead-acid battery and a switch with a lanyard to the tow vehicle frame. One-year warranty.
- Applies trailer brakes if the trailer comes unhitched
- For use on 1, 2 or 3 axle trailers equipped with electric brakes
- Weather/corrosion resistant, heavy-duty polymer case to protect battery and charger
- Quick and easy to install
The law requires a breakaway system if your trailer has electric brakes. Simply, this means that if your trailer coupler separates from the ball, a lanyard attached to the tow vehicle will pull a pin out of a switch. This connects a small battery directly to the trailer brakes. This way, your errant trailer won’t continue down the road until it smashes into something, but simply brake smoothly to a halt.
This breakaway system is a vital safety system and should receive regular maintenance, including charging the small battery. Experts recommend replacing the entire breakaway system, battery, switch and wiring regularly every 3-5 years. The simplest place to mount the battery box is on the tongue of the trailer, but where isn’t as important as long as it works. You’ll need to make electrical connections to the brake circuit, a chassis ground and to the trailer 12V feed for a charger, if you install one.
Bargman lighting and vehicle electrical connection products provide complete solutions for the recreational vehicle industry. Founded in 1931 to provide electrical connection products for the U.S. military, the Bargman brand has since been in lock step with the light duty trailer and recreational vehicle markets providing innovative designs and quality products for decades. Bargman is a recognized brand and an invaluable partner to the commercial truck and light-duty trailer manufacturers and their respective aftermarkets throughout North America.