01-15-2012, 09:40 PM #1
Can I mount safety chains like this?
The trailer has no kind of hooks for safety chains. Will this pass?it's not tight yet so it might looks loose. I'm using grade 8 bolts. What should I be tourqing these to? The coupler says 25 ft lbs but that seems kinda light. Thanks!
01-15-2012, 09:54 PM #2
That should work. I have no clue on torque specs. Tighten thAt thing down tight though!!
Did you drill that hole??
01-16-2012, 02:34 AM #3
No, I'm just replacing it annd the holes lined up as they were. I found a chart that showed grade 8 1/2" bolts to be 56 ft/lbs dry and 102 ft/lbs lubricated. I used blue thread lock...not sure if that qualifies as a lubricant but I settled on 65 ft/lbs. I don't think it's going anywhere.
01-16-2012, 07:32 PM #4
01-17-2012, 06:23 PM #5
My Loadrite double has the safety chains mounted like that.
01-25-2012, 01:29 PM #6
Really, the safety chains are more like "oh shit, there's something seriously wrong with trailer and I need to pull over NOW!" chains. Those chains/bolts def look like they can handle that job well.
02-08-2012, 04:38 PM #7
- Join Date
- Dec 2011
use grade 10 nut and bolt though
02-09-2012, 09:46 PM #8
I'd have to guess the grade 8 he has on there now would hold up longer than the chain. Looks pretty good to me..
03-03-2012, 08:18 AM #9
As long as the chain is rated properly and the bolts are sufficiently capable of handing the same weights, the law doesn't care *how* they're connected.
Remember, each chain must be capable (on it's own) of handling the full gross weight of the trailer, as well as the mounting points/bolts used.
And of course, remember to cross the chains under the tongue when you hookup. Yes, everyone here probably already knows that, but I'm amazed at how many trailers I see going down the road every summer without this basic safety step, one which is required by law in most areas.
03-04-2012, 02:45 AM #10
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- Feb 2012
I need to put new chains on mine. It only has one chain and it came like that from the manufacture so I need to figure out how to mount the second chain. The one has a link welded to the frame. I might have someone do the same to the other side.
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