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Old 01-14-2015, 09:39 AM   #11
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Interesting. I think I ask this same question- mostly from ignorance. I didn't know they weren't required. And I think they'd be the single biggest reason I wouldn't go to a G/N.

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Many states require safety chains with gooseneck trailers. I believe 29 or so.
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Old 01-14-2015, 09:45 AM   #12
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Many states require safety chains with gooseneck trailers. I believe 29 or so. Here is a link for towing laws by state.

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You know how it is with "I have been told..." but I had been told it was a state by state requirement, also... and that Texas requires them. I use the Andersen Ultimate hitch which is a 5th wheel/gooseneck combination and I paid $63 for a set of chains so I wouldn't have to have the '5th wheel/gooseneck' discussion with the police on the side of the road.

Your mileage will vary... but I decided at the age of 67 that if I can no longer hook up my safety chains, I should retire from trailering. That's just me... not a commentary for any other person or place or thing.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:23 AM   #13
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Chains are reqd in mich on any ball type hitch. The hooks on the vehicle ends may NOT be connected to any part of the hitch assembly and must NOT be crossed as with a BP. This from the MSP post in Kalkaska,Mi.They also said that if the trailer licenseing state requires them,then they must be in place where ever you tow.Ive always used them with the horse trailers but the reese unit does not come with them,nor does it refer to them in any way.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:51 AM   #14
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Great looking hitch. Do you have any clearance issues with the bed rails of your pickup?

Are you able to hitch the trailer to the tow vehicle by yourself or do you require a second


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With the shocks aired to proper level, I have about 7 inches of bed rail clearance.

Yes, I can do it all solo. I have a backup camera in the bed so that is a breeze and I can reach the lock/unlock from the side of the truck.
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Old 01-14-2015, 10:54 AM   #15
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No chains just the brake safety cable.
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Interesting. I think I ask this same question- mostly from ignorance. I didn't know they weren't required. And I think they'd be the single biggest reason I wouldn't go to a G/N.

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Correct. This goosebox follows the same guidlines as a standard 5th wheel hitch. No chaines needed.

My thought is that the way a 5th wheel hitch moves, if you needed chaines, they would have to be REALLY long. Same with the Reese Goosebox as it is the same design. On a gooseneck or gooseneck adapter, the chains are very short as the pivit point is very close to the ball.

I checked with etrailer.com and also Reese themselves and Reese says "no chains needed for RV use." It is not an adapter, it is the actual pinbox and also a Lippert approved unit.

etrailer repeats Reese's comments but they also take the side of "check you local laws just in case, and we can sell you the chains if needed." That is the CYA answer.

I have chains from my previous adapter but there is no easy place to attach but you can always find a spot if needed. I'll keep them in the truck as a "just in case."

Florida laws on chains does not specify bumper pull, gooseneck, or 5th wheel. It just says: Safety Chains=yes. So based on this crappy explanation, the 5th wheel guys need them too. With Florida, who knows... LOL
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Old 01-14-2015, 11:55 AM   #16
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Correct. This goosebox follows the same guidlines as a standard 5th wheel hitch. No chaines needed.

My thought is that the way a 5th wheel hitch moves, if you needed chaines, they would have to be REALLY long. Same with the Reese Goosebox as it is the same design. On a gooseneck or gooseneck adapter, the chains are very short as the pivit point is very close to the ball.

I checked with etrailer.com and also Reese themselves and Reese says "no chains needed for RV use." It is not an adapter, it is the actual pinbox and also a Lippert approved unit.

etrailer repeats Reese's comments but they also take the side of "check you local laws just in case, and we can sell you the chains if needed." That is the CYA answer.

I have chains from my previous adapter but there is no easy place to attach but you can always find a spot if needed. I'll keep them in the truck as a "just in case."

Florida laws on chains does not specify bumper pull, gooseneck, or 5th wheel. It just says: Safety Chains=yes. So based on this crappy explanation, the 5th wheel guys need them too. With Florida, who knows... LOL
Needed, no. Required in 29 states, yes. If it's not a 5th wheel hitch, safety chains are required. Will you get caught or hassled over it, I doubt it. Is it legal to run a GooseBox without chains if your home state requires them on a gooseneck, NO. I personally wouldn't worry about it either. I would just be aware to watch out for a LEO with too much time on his hands...
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Needed, no. Required in 29 states, yes. If it's not a 5th wheel hitch, safety chains are required. Will you get caught or hassled over it, I doubt it. Is it legal to run a GooseBox without chains if your home state requires them on a gooseneck, NO. I personally wouldn't worry about it either. I would just be aware to watch out for a LEO with too much time on his hands...
Lol. All good points. So far the only time we have to deal with anything about towing, it is our horse trailer going thru the Ag stops. Those guys are ridiculous... Lol.
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Lol. All good points. So far the only time we have to deal with anything about towing, it is our horse trailer going thru the Ag stops. Those guys are ridiculous... Lol.

I hear you... Look at my sig line for my truck and trailer. I think johnny law might find something askew with my setup too...
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I hear you... Look at my sig line for my truck and trailer. I think johnny law might find something askew with my setup too...
I just looked it up. Wow, thats a triple axle monster! Your dry weight is over our loaded weight! My trailer is 12K loaded with a pin of a tick over 2K.
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Old 01-14-2015, 02:53 PM   #20
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I just looked it up. Wow, thats a triple axle monster! Your dry weight is over our loaded weight! My trailer is 12K loaded with a pin of a tick over 2K.
My last rig was 16k loaded dual axle with a touch over 3k on the pin. Handled it like a million bucks. This one will be a little less pin weight and three axles providing better braking and stability so that should counter the few extra feet and lbs...
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