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Old 10-08-2018, 11:51 AM   #1
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2017 Work and Play Safety Chain

I was checking my toy hauler for a weekend trip coming up and happened to look at my safety chains. The photos show what I found--the attachment to the trailer frame is broken, one side completely, the other over half way. The chains have never had any tension on them, this is from the factory, I've only been on four trips so far. Check your chains to make sure you are as safe as possible.
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Old 10-08-2018, 12:43 PM   #2
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Have you tried to contact LCI? I think they are the ones that built that frame. Worst thing they can say is no.
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:08 PM   #3
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As far as you know the chains have never tension on them. I've seen dealers move them by hooking the chains to a forklift and raising the tongue up without using a ball adapter for the coupler.
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:28 PM   #4
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Made me go look !! Chains on mine are secured in a different way and are still tight without any issues. Thanks for posting pictures so we can compare.
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:59 PM   #5
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Scrapper is correct. There is no way that could have broke without blunt force trauma. Somewhere, somehow it was hit hard enough to crack the steel. Cold rolled welded steel will never crack like that without getting whacked -
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:01 PM   #6
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Looks to me like they rusted out you can't let hitch get rusted like that have you ever heard of paint I never let my hitch rust always keep it painted
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Old 10-10-2018, 02:06 PM   #7
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Looks to me like they rusted out you can't let hitch get rusted like that have you ever heard of paint I never let my hitch rust always keep it painted
Thatís just mean 😞
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Old 10-10-2018, 02:44 PM   #8
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That looks like the piece welded to the frame suffered an tremendous downward force somehow. IMO: The little bit of rust on there appears to have been started by the damage.
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Old 10-10-2018, 06:32 PM   #9
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Looks to me like they rusted out you can't let hitch get rusted like that have you ever heard of paint I never let my hitch rust always keep it painted
That's pretty harsh, and you obviously know nothing about metallurgy. That's strictly a impact stress fracture and has nothing to do with the rust. The rusting is a secondary effect after the fracture happened.
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:33 PM   #10
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What type of hitch do you have? My equalizer would pinch my chains and bend the mount when I turned to a specific angle. It would literally look like a set of bolt cutters were used on the chain.
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:07 PM   #11
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What type of hitch do you have? My equalizer would pinch my chains and bend the mount when I turned to a specific angle. It would literally look like a set of bolt cutters were used on the chain.


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Mine does the same thing, have to be careful backing up. So far has only happened at the house due to the angle to get it in the driveway. Trailer is only a few months old but once warranty is up I will be looking to move the safety chain connection back away from the area where the equalizer can pinch them.
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:27 PM   #12
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Just my 2 cents by looking at the first picture it looks like to me that someone backed into the chains attachment point and the hitch hit or ball it.


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Old 10-10-2018, 09:29 PM   #13
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Looks to me like they rusted out you can't let hitch get rusted like that have you ever heard of paint I never let my hitch rust always keep it painted
No way that could have happened that way.
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:48 PM   #14
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I think maybe my 4 year old granddaughter ran that weld bead.
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:58 PM   #15
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Why not just get it welded up and move on.
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Old 10-10-2018, 10:43 PM   #16
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Well I had issues with my blueox catching the chains at the bottom of the hitch. It stressed that same connection and looked similar for a while. When I replaced my hitch with a propride I put the chains on wrong(outside not inside the head) and it sheared them both off. I ended up finding a welder on the road via Google in Casper WY to reattach them. There was no where to reattach them to and I could not tow without them. 2 hour detour but worth it in the end.
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Old 10-12-2018, 10:56 AM   #17
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The trailer is just over 1 year old and last July we were out for a month, I'm assuming the attachment broke sometime on that trip. It's possible the dealer we purchased from bent the attachment down to clear the hitch, which is an Equalizer 4 point sway hitch. But this post wasn't so much about getting it repaired as making sure you check yours to make sure they're attached solid. I did have new attachments welded on in a new location and LCI is helping me with the repair costs. It's all cleaned, painted and ready for the next trip. I appreciate all your posts.
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Old 10-22-2018, 01:41 AM   #18
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I was checking my toy hauler for a weekend trip coming up and happened to look at my safety chains. The photos show what I found--the attachment to the trailer frame is broken, one side completely, the other over half way. The chains have never had any tension on them, this is from the factory, I've only been on four trips so far. Check your chains to make sure you are as safe as possible.
Thanks for posting this and the pictures. I will definitely be checking mine. I am thinking maybe a few taps with the ball backing under the hitch a little too far.
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