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Old 06-19-2012, 12:15 AM   #1
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The big clip hooks ???

Today we were stalking other RVers as they sometimes show up at walmart. One RVer was chatting with us and we were regarding his hitch set up. On his two chains that hang and connect to the tow truck, there were two large hooks that clipped them there...what are those clips called, and where can they be bought/acquired?
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Got mine at Home Depot in hardware dept.
Snap Hook Shade Sail Accessory-310868 at The Home Depot
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Got mine at Home Depot in hardware dept.
Snap Hook Shade Sail Accessory-310868 at The Home Depot
Those are very lightweight. If your trailer came loose they wouldn't hold it very long. I have a Cooleroo shade with that kind of a carabiner. Holding a nylon shade and pulling the weight of a runaway trailer are not the same!
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Old 06-19-2012, 01:22 AM   #4
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Check out tow chain hooks at an RV or marine parts store. Tell salesperson that these are for trailer towing safety chains, and they will show you which hooks are available for this purpose.
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Also....

Not to bash the Chinese, but look out for Chinese hooks!
I usually find good hooks at yard sales/ estate sales! (I know that sounds silly, but the quality lies in older ones)
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We use this style stainless steel, 3500lbs each.


This style is easier to find, also stainless.


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Robert,
I thought the ones like that of your first photo were never to be used in weight bearing applications. I have seen many of those whose threads were ripped out... especially stainless! I think those link extenders are dangerous!
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OK gang, I will be looking..we have a Foxes store and another one..and also of course good ole Walmart. Thankyou. We plan for our next small distance pull/tow this July the first or before to get up to the Quartz Mountains (which will be packing out for the fireworks so we have to get there early.
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I thought the ones like that of your first photo were never to be used in weight bearing applications. I have seen many of those whose threads were ripped out... especially stainless! I think those link extenders are dangerous!
Belay that post/picture....I should have included a photo, we may have to agree to disagree, depending on usage.

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Billy....Again, I rely upon my local trailer shop,..... AG, Horse, Livestock,and RV...they have all those hooks shown here. Heavy duty, inexpensive and tried. Your local Guys should have them too.
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WalMart has tow rated parts, I think made by Reese. Probably, cheaper than some other sources. We use original tow "hooks" that came on our Airstream to attach to our tow vehicle, and WalMart screw links to hold up loose ends of chains from dragging.
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Well we got through painting another lick- and I pulled into Atwoods and they had some clip hooks ..load rated at 3150 lbs and the pin just fit into the chain. The load listed might also have said 2150, so I figure both working together will do the part it's designed to. But I will tell you now - if that trailer comes unhitched I bet I will know it before it hits the chains. Thanks for the input Robert!
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If you want strong, safe connection for tow chains, use these (see picture).

They're called "screw pin anchor shackles" and like the name suggests, they're used for securing anchor chain on boats. They're also used extensively in the crane industry (in very large sizes) for slings to secure a load to the crane hook. The design is as strong as anything you can find, and the cost is $10~$15 for small sizes at places like West Marine or Amazon. Get ones that matches the size of your chains, and they will be as strong as your chains.

The hole in the pin allows you to stick a metal rod through it to turn the pin, or you can grip the flat part of the pin with a pair of pliers to turn it.

To make sure they don't come undone, put a cable-tie through the hole in the pin, and around the shackle proper, so that the pin can't unscrew itself until the cable tie is cut.
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