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Old 04-29-2016, 09:17 PM   #1
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I upgraded to a GMC 2500 which now has the 2 1/2 " hitch receiver. The hooks on the safety chain on the Mini Lite do not fit in the hole on the receiver. Those of you that have this new hitch receiver, how are you connecting your safety chains?
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:21 PM   #2
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would something like this help?

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Old 04-29-2016, 09:22 PM   #3
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I upgraded to a GMC 2500 which now has the 2 1/2 " hitch receiver. The hooks on the safety chain on the Mini Lite do not fit in the hole on the receiver. Those of you that have this new hitch receiver, how are you connecting your safety chains?
I put larger hooks on. I never did this... But did you try the holes right by the spare? Someone said they tried this and it worked with stock hooks.. I needed longer chains still so not the end of the world. I used larger snap hooks on the rear most holes.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:23 PM   #4
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Larger hooks here too!
20 bucks for the pair, 3 mins to change.


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Old 04-29-2016, 09:39 PM   #5
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I put quick links like those in post 2 in holes on my 2015 2500HD hitch, then hooked the original snap hooks of the safety chains onto the quick links. It takes two links per side, though, because by the time you go through the hitch "hole" you still don't ave room for the snap hook, but you do have room for a second quick link. the safety chain hooks into quick link #2.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:48 PM   #6
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Quick links are not dot approved for that application.It probably doesnt matter on a camper, unless you have to scale and get hit with an inspection.Then you will pay a heftey fine and wont move untill they are changed.I know 2 people that barrel race horses and have thir name on the truck/trailer,which makes them*commercial and requires a dot number.One got busted in Iowa, the other in Nebraska.

edit) an anchor shackel IS dot approved.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:57 PM   #7
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Quick links will not work as they will not open wide enough to fit the hitch. I fabricated a 1/4" plate that bolts to the under side of the hitch and it turns back a couple inches. Bolted on with 2- 7/16" grade 8 bolts.

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Old 04-29-2016, 11:14 PM   #8
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I am having the same issue. I posted my problem in the towing sub section here a few weeks ago. There were some good suggestions but I haven't settled on my own solution yet. If you do please post it.
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I just opened up the hook a bit with a little heat did not take much it's a very poor design though.
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Same problem here, I've been using the side holes of the hitch instead but it's not the best solution. I'm going to buy bigger hooks and change them, I don't trust those little quick link things. I stopped at a truck store and tried a huge d ring, it fit through the hitch hole, but it wouldn't allow the camper hook to close either.
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