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Old 03-26-2016, 09:42 PM   #1
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Question about my hitch.

We recently upgraded TV from 1500 Dodge Ram to a 2016 Chevy 2500 HD. The hitch is a class 5 and the hooks on our TT safety chains won't fit. The hooks do not have a large enough throat. I looked around Tractor Supply and Camping World trying to find hooks that would work. Anyone else run into this issue with the Chevy class 5 hitch?
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Old 03-26-2016, 10:45 PM   #2
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I had the same problem with my 2500HD. I bought 2 quick links from Home Depot.
Lehigh 3500 lb. x 3/8 in. x 3-1/4 in. Stainless Steel Quick Link-7443S-6 - The Home Depot
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:02 PM   #3
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I bought larger hooks from tractor supply. They are tight but fit when inserted the right way.

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I never found quick links that had a high enough rating .
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Old 03-27-2016, 08:02 AM   #5
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I just got bigger hooks at Lowe's. Work fine now. Later RJD
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Old 03-27-2016, 08:08 AM   #6
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I had the same problem and use these from Reese.

http://www.reeseprod.com/products/tr...!MnL%7CFWsfl8q
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Old 03-27-2016, 08:14 AM   #7
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Yes. Chevy HD's now use Class IV receiver. You will have to get either a 2 1/2 inch Ball Mount, or use an adapter. Then, the HD Hitch itself won't allow safety chains. You can do what is mentioned above, or do what I did. I got two Grade 5 Eye bolts, and washers and nuts. I bolted them onto the receiver holes, upside down. Now I have eye bolts to connect to.

Not sure safety chains are a good idea to start with.....if I lose my trailer, I don't want to lose my truck also, and I would via 'accordian' type movement if hitch comes loose. Plus, I have never heard of a hitch coming loose but the safety chains NOT coming loose. Yet every hitch uses them. Maybe I just don't get out enough, dunno.
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Old 03-27-2016, 12:40 PM   #8
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same problem

I had the same problem. I used a carbide burr to make the opening on the hitch a bit bigger and that seemed to work well enough. But they are still tight and if you don't attach them a certain way they won't go. Pretty aggravating I must say. I looked up the Quick-Link Chain Hook-Up, 10,000 lbs., 1/2" on Amazon and it was almost $50 for one of the links. $100 bucks seems out of line to me for this fix.
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Old 03-27-2016, 12:44 PM   #9
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Guess the guy who doesn't use safety chains doesn't care who he kills behind him. PA requires safety springs so the hooks can't fall out (after people didn't survive the collusion).
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Old 03-27-2016, 12:48 PM   #10
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This 3/8" hook will just fit on the truck's receiver. I added one link of chain to the hook for the safety chains from the trailer to hook on.
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