Thread: Trailer Safety Chains
07-05-2009, 09:33 AM #1
Trailer Safety Chains
Good information attached over trailer safety chains.
I found it on Shorelandr's website, but applies to trailers in general.
The safety chains on your trailer are an added insurance that it will
not become detached from the tow vehicle. ShoreLand’r provides
all safety chains with an added clasp to keep them from becoming
accidentally detached from the tow vehicle. Your trailer hitch on
the tow vehicle should have two attaching holes or rings for attaching
the safety chains, preferably one on each side of the ball
hitch. Contact your dealer or Midwest directly if your hitch is not
equipped with safety chain attaching points as indicated.
Crisscross the chains under the tongue: the chain on the left side
of the trailer tongue attached to the right side of the ball hitch; the
chain on the right side of the trailer tongue attached to the left side
of the ball hitch.
This prevents the trailer tongue from dropping to the road should
the coupler or ball hitch fail. The chains should be rigged as tight
as possible with just enough slack to allow tight turns to be made.
This can be accomplished by twisting the chain hook in a clockwise
or counterclockwise direction, thus twisting the link spacing and
making the chain shorter. Also by keeping your chains as short as
possible, you prevent them from dragging on the road and wearing
the chain links.
If for any reason you find it necessary to replace a safety chain, use
only original equipment.
Failure to properly attach safety chains between the
trailer and tow vehicle can result in a runaway trailer.
06-15-2010, 05:05 PM #2
- Join Date
- Jul 2007
- Baytown, TX
This *shouldnt* happen with pwc trailers, but a word of experience:
My mom was pulling a loaded two horse trailer, (with horses, of course)
Trailer has a 2-5/16 hitch, truck only had a 2" ball. She was unaware of this.
During the ride, trailer came loose from the truck, passed her on the freeway, went through a median, across the oncoming lanes, and finally into a ditch.
Luckily, no collision occured, and everyone (including horses) were fine.
ATTACH THOSE SAFETY CHAINS CORRECTLY EVERY TIME
I've even been told by TxDOT that it's state law to crisscross your trailer safety chains.
07-02-2010, 01:53 PM #3
- Join Date
- Jul 2010
Safety chains do not always work and they snap...also 8 states do not have a safety
Please go to www.dangeroustrailers.org and take note that
8 states do not have a SAFETY chain law.
Also......Safety Chains often snap....they will not hold.
They get rusted....they drag....they get compromised.
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