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Old 02-16-2019, 04:21 PM   #1
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Ford trailer hitch - safety chain connection

Still getting used to my new 2019 F250 Super Duty , while I am really enjoying the truck and all the nice features it has connecting the safety chains for our trailer has been a royal pain in the ASS!.
Not sure how any engineer or group of engineers thought the design of the hitch used on the new Fords was a great idea but the people that buy them have to live with them. After towing my trailer just twice I had enough of fighting with my safety chains to get them to attach properly.
While my wife had to work today I decided to take a trip to my two local RV centers and see what they had to correct the situation.
While both understood my issue as they see it all the time now neither one had a shackle big enough to fit through the hitch and fit properly.
Then one parts manager told me I was better off going to Tractor supply as they have a better selection of heavy duty shackles, so off I went... and he was correct, they have a fantastic selection!
The store I went to actually let me take a couple of different ones out to the parking lot to try on my truck before purchasing.
Found one that fit perfectly, went back in and picked up a pair.
They will make my life much easier!
If you are having the same issue I was go get yourself a set, they were about $12/ea.


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Old 02-16-2019, 06:04 PM   #2
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Got the same truck, Have been doing some research and I was going to do that same thing. Easily removed when you are not towing. If they rattle you can just put a ziptie on it so that it cant bounce around. Ill head to TS and get the same, they look very heavy duty.
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Old 02-16-2019, 06:14 PM   #3
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Why shackles? My trailer chains hook directly to where you're connecting the shackles. No safety wire on the shackles?

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Old 02-16-2019, 06:20 PM   #4
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I own a 2012 F250 I have the same problem, hooking up the chains is difficult when I have the hitch lock in place. I just keep my shackles attached to the chains and hook them up to the hitch before hooking the TT. works great. A little off topic, I always use a hitch lock for my hitch. I just keep it in place while I am camping as most campers do and of course keep it locked. While camping last year someone stole one . His hitch was not locked. Just a word to the wise. I am sure most use a lock.
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Old 02-16-2019, 06:54 PM   #5
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I own a 2012 F250 I have the same problem, hooking up the chains is difficult when I have the hitch lock in place. I just keep my shackles attached to the chains and hook them up to the hitch before hooking the TT. works great. A little off topic, I always use a hitch lock for my hitch. I just keep it in place while I am camping as most campers do and of course keep it locked. While camping last year someone stole one . His hitch was not locked. Just a word to the wise. I am sure most use a lock.
I only leave the hitch on the truck while towing, the second the trailer is disconnected I take the hitch off... because I am always the first one to walk right into it!
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Old 02-16-2019, 07:20 PM   #6
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Mt Biker, I do the same thing. As soon as the grandson takes the chains off, unplugs the power and winds the hitch up, Then I pull up and remove the hitch. He is 11 now. Next year, he can do the hitch as well! He loves to do the hook up including chains on the hitch installed chain slot.
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Old 02-16-2019, 07:33 PM   #7
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Sorry, but that's incredibly stupid. If you remove your hitch from your truck, how are you supposed to smash your shin into it later? Why even bother camping if you don't have a massive bruise and a grease stain in your jeans?

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[...] The store I went to actually let me take a couple of different ones out to the parking lot to try on my truck before purchasing.
Found one that fit perfectly, went back in and picked up a pair. [...]
What size did you end up with on the shackles?
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What size did you end up with on the shackles?
Not sure on the size or how you even are supposed to measure them, the only thing I know is they were the largest ones that tractor supply had on the shelf.
They are much larger than what my local Lowes and Home Depot stock.
The bolt that goes through the shackle fits perfectly through the slots on the hitch.
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Old 02-16-2019, 07:55 PM   #9
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Ford trailer hitch - safety chain connection

The new design hitch is designed to take the hooks over instead of under slung. Point of hook enter the opening from the rear with the curved part of the hook facing up. The hitch opening at the back of the chain hole is larger than the front. If I still had my Toy Hauler, Id take a picture.
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The new design hitch is designed to take the hooks over instead of under slung. Point of hook enter the opening from the rear with the curved part of the hook facing up. The hitch opening at the back of the chain hole is larger than the front. If I still had my Toy Hauler, Id take a picture.
Know how they are intended to work, can get the left side in pretty easy but the right side is a pain. Very difficult to get on and even harder to get off.
Not worth fighting with them and getting aggravated every time we tow our trailer, this solution will make it easier for me and thats what I want.
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