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Old 08-23-2015, 08:09 PM   #11
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Try the Chains on a U-Haul Moving Trailer...

There seems to be some "New Standard" (according to 2x Rental Location Shop Managers): one 4ft and one 6ft long.

I had to work with the Shop Manager to radically Twist the Chains Link-by-Link, and they still dragged whenever hitting a Pothole...
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Old 08-23-2015, 08:39 PM   #12
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After dragging our chain for a few miles, we got the Fastway Chainup from Amazon that fits over the ball. Both chains slide thru the "wings" of this piece allowing them to slide if needed. Will not drag the ground. Very good product.
I don't think this would work for a weight distributing hitch.
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Old 08-23-2015, 08:50 PM   #13
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The thin metal rod that the camper chains are mounted to will not hold the unit very long to the tow vehicle before the rod or the welds fail if the tongue comes off the ball. Most chains end up being have the slack tightened enough that the emergence brake cord will not be pulled until the chain connection on the camper breaks.

In my mind I have went over this a million times debating with 'My Self' for years (and years). "Do I want the emergency brakes to come on the camper,in the event of a TV and camper separation and have the TV pulled off the road and possible turn over because of the 'safety chains' or 'let' the camper go 'free' and crash by itself and have less harm to the TV and those in it." I have been told several times (by road safety people) that the 'safety' chains are not really for the 'safety' of the camper/TV, but for the safety of where that rouge run a way camper may go and hit other vehicles/people/property.

What are your thoughts?
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Safety chains by law have to be crossed. The reason being, in the event of the coupler detaching from the ball, the crossed chains will support the tongue of the trailer and centered with the tow vehicle so you can come to a safe stop. They only need to be strong enough to support the tongue weight and rolling resistance forces.
If your chains are not crossed, not only will they not support the tongue upon detachment but will also have a chance of being pulled tight on a turn ripping them off the frame.
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Safety chains by law have to be crossed.
I checked and about half of the states require chains to be crossed, including Indiana. Even it it's not required by law, crossing the chains is still a good idea for the reasons 05CrewDually noted. The problem is that as designed, both chains on my Rockwood are attached at a single point under the hitch so it's impossible to cross them. It seems that Forest River produces trailers that are not legal in the state where they're made.
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Exactly why I don't believe that how the majority of the chains are attached would hold a heavy TT in the event of a disconnect. I would rather they be bolted to each side of the A-frame. That is provided the frame isn't made from tin foil.

It is practically made from tin foil. I had the Lippert frame rails in my old TT rip through from the bottom of the rail to the top.


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I checked and about half of the states require chains to be crossed, including Indiana. Even it it's not required by law, crossing the chains is still a good idea for the reasons 05CrewDually noted. The problem is that as designed, both chains on my Rockwood are attached at a single point under the hitch so it's impossible to cross them. It seems that Forest River produces trailers that are not legal in the state where they're made.

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Actually I could only find 1 state that doesn't have an exact law on the books but regardless, that's what federal laws are for.

Check for yourself.
http://towingworld.com/towinglaws.cfm


Edit: I see now you are referring to the crossing of them. Most states I've seen do require it. Since its a federal requirement it's covered anyways.
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I too have thought a lot about the safety chains, mostly thinking they would never be needed anyway, so no worries, just hook 'em up and make sure they don't drag.
However...
My brother calls me the other day and asks to borrow my 14x7 enclosed trailer. I'm busy doing retirement stuff, so I just say sure you know where it is. I give no thought to the fact that when I have gotten each of my trailers, I've made sure they all were hitched for the 2 5/8" ball.

Of course brother calls me a little later and wants to know why my trailer came off of his ball on the highway. Visions of carnage race through my addled brain as I gulp and ask, "Is everyone alright?" He says oh yeah, it jumped off his 2" ball and was cradled by the crossed safety chains until he was able to safely pull off the road.
I told him there is a receiver hitch extension in the trailer with a 2 5/8" ball already on it.
Said a prayer to the gods of towing right there, man...
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My chains were long to prevent them from dragging I took two bungee cord wrapped them around tow bar then hooked them into chain holds chains about 5" off road when I turn the bungee cords stretch and as I straighten up they pull slack out of chain.
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When your chains are attached to the A-frame at essentially the same place, it's physically impossible to "cross" them. Best you can do is twist them and hope for the best.
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