Originally Posted by Phly
That's what's called a "breakaway". And yes it set the trailer brakes in case of a unhitching. Some states they are mandatory other not. I'm going to put my neck out here, if you don't know what it really is/ or how it works, chances are the battery that is mounted on the trailer is probly junk anyways. That lil battery is what sets up the brakes. Dead battery= no breakaway brakes. Soooooo if that's true, pulling with the wire worn thru is no more dangerous. I'll also asume that your safety chains drag. Hence the reason then breakaway wire is worn in two. Get the chains off the highway and replace the battery. After you fix the breakaway. Just my experiences talking.
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I wasn't for certain :) I'm new to trailer lingo. For all I know, maybe the battery does more than just work the brakes. I am confident that the battery works as it has a test button which I check before every haul, and it passed state safety inspection not long ago.
My safety chains do not drag. I was always taught to NOT allow them to drag so I make sure that they don't. However, I did mention in my post that the tie was INTACT when I last parked the trailer, so it broke between the last time I parked it and now. It looks melted through, though I can't imagine what could have melted through the cable, so maybe while the farmhands were weedwhacking, they clipped it.
I know my post came off as a little ignorant sounding, but give me SOME credit :)
Thank you for your concern, now....I need to replace the breakaway and don't know what I can get or from where to do so. A "trailer repair shop" is not an option available to me (they close before I can get there).