A couple of weeks ago John Wickersham presented an item on The Caravan Channel (video is still available on the Caravan Channel website) in which he fully and clearly explained the purpose of the caravan breakaway cable. John also highlighted the weakness in the clip at the end of the cable that fastens to the towing vehicle's towball/eyelet.
John went on to demonstrate a much improved replacement that had a much stronger sprung arm gate with a knurled lockable nut to ensure it wouldn't come away from the towing vehicle by accident.
Can anyone tell me where this particular breakaway cable can be sourced please, and if so, how much it costs? My 'van, a 2011 Lunar Clubman SE, has an Al-ko chassis so I'm hoping this replacement will fit okay and be reasonably easy to fit.
Any help you can provide will be much appreciated.
I too was looking for a breakaway cable with the knurled nut you described, but could not find one. After trawling on the internet the information seems that as long as the carabina is of a strong type it would be OK to fit it to an eyebolt or such on the car.As downsouth has said there is one on sale on Amazon, which I have just ordered as well.
When it arrives, make sure the cable is the same thickness as the one you are taking off. I bought a replacement from 'Fleabay' a while back and the cable was only half the thickness of the original so I binned it and bought a Caribena type off AL-KO, not quite as safe as the one John showed but it seemed safe enough.
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Thanks for all the responses. I emailed W4 and received a reply which confirmed that the cable that John Wickersham used in his presentation was in fact the W4 Quick Fit cable. Apparently it is the only one on the market that has a knurled lockable nut and I was reliably informed that it is a perfect replacement for the AlKo chassis cable. W4 intended the lockable nut to be attached to the handbrake base, as opposed to John fitting it to the towing vehicle's hitch. Nevertheless I was told that it could be fitted perfectly safely either way round.
Again, thanks for all the help and I hope this info. helps other who may be thinking of changing the cable.