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Old 08-22-2015, 02:30 PM   #1
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Check your tow chains on your TT

Just purchased a new Rockwood Minilite 2304KS, and went out for 2 days on its shake-down trip.

Had a few minor things to get fixed and had it at the dealers, and as I was disconnecting it from my tow vehicle I noticed "both" tow chains were not attached to the TT's tongue. Apparently the welded bracket holding the chains had broken completely off. Interesting that the chains showed no signs of being dragged. Glad I was at the dealers so they can fix this. I have never experienced this before or heard of anyone having the same problem.

Just thought I'd give everyone a heads up to check you TT.
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Old 08-22-2015, 02:52 PM   #2
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We're the chains too tight? There should be to pressure on that plate during normal towing.
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Old 08-22-2015, 04:06 PM   #3
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No the chains were not too tight. They were crossed and hung down like they should. No indication any force was applied to the tongue or chains.
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Old 08-22-2015, 04:15 PM   #4
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They only tack welded it and forgot to finish the job.
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The chains on my 2503S were too tight. It didn't appear that way, but when I brought it home from the dealers, i got the TV almost 90 degrees to the trailer backing it into my driveway. Heard a loud bang and you can see the results below. Had a local place reweld with longer chains.

I thought it was a fluke, but now I'm not so sure. I think you're the 3rd person with chain problems recently.
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I just had to lengthen the chains on my trailer, different model but same style connection. When hooked up they looked great but when I got the new TV the hitch stuck out a bit further so once I was in motion and moving they became tighter than I wanted. Replaced the chains pre-breakage luckily...
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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.
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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.
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Old 08-23-2015, 02:07 PM   #9
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Rockfordroo,

My tongue did not look like yours. No bent metal or chain attachment remains left on the tongue. It was like they were never attached. But the interesting thing was their was absolutely no indication the chains were dragged, (and they are long enough to do so) as they had black paint overspray still on the first 2 links where they should have been attached.
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:43 PM   #10
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On my Surveyor 192T, I had a electric jack. The safety chain link got caught on the side of the jack and pulled chain mounting plate off the trailer. The dealer repaired at no cost, but it seems like a design flaw and I sternly suspect that in case of major TT separation you would find the chains still on the TV and attached to the mounting plate which came loose from the trailer. The trailer would be found somewhere down the highway, probably not in the upright position.
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