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Old 06-13-2009, 04:59 PM   #1
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Chain crossing

I've seen it done both ways, but wanted to know what the correct method of crossing towing chains under the hitch is: around (in front) the torsion bars, or behind them?
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Safety chains are crossed under the WD bars.
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The sole purpose of the chains. Is to catch and support the load of the trailer, if it gets disconnected from the tow vehicle. By crossing the chains or towing cables under the trailer coupler and attaching them to the tow vehicle with hooks, the safety cables act like a safety net in an emergency, catching the dislodged tongue.

I just know someone will ask, WHY??? So this Is your WHY!!!

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WHY???

I rig the chains inside the bars. It just looks right. I don't have a logical reason, but I've never seen them rigged outside the bars.
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The sole purpose of the chains. Is to catch and support the load of the trailer, if it gets disconnected from the tow vehicle. By crossing the chains or towing cables under the trailer coupler and attaching them to the tow vehicle with hooks, the safety cables act like a safety net in an emergency, catching the dislodged tongue.

I just know someone will ask, WHY??? So this Is your WHY!!!

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Yep. The chains serve two purposes: 1) to catch the tongue of a disconnected trailer and keep it from digging straight down into the asphalt at 65 mph and doing a Very Bad Thing to your tow rig, and 2) to keep a disconnected trailer from becoming a breakaway trailer and doing a Very Bad Thing to someone else's vehicle and itself. The chains must be crossed freely under the hitch and not run through the bars or over the hitch.

Also, do not twist your chains to shorten them. Cut them to the proper length. If you use different tow vehicles on the same trailer, use removable hooks and place them at the proper length.

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I rig the chains inside the bars. It just looks right. I don't have a logical reason, but I've never seen them rigged outside the bars.
possibility of pinching the chains between the bars and the frame.
I put mine under the bars. not twisted and shortened with ty-wraps.
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Also, do not twist your chains to shorten them. Cut them to the proper length. If you use different tow vehicles on the same trailer, use removable hooks and place them at the proper length.
Safe travels! Susan

Hi, my trailer came with the removable hooks and I moved them up two links. [no cutting or twisting necessary on my trailer] And yes, I do cross my chains.
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I do it the same .... crossing underneath and adjusting the chains length if needed .... hope I never have to find out if they really catch the tongue in a break away
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possibility of pinching the chains between the bars and the frame.
I put mine under the bars. not twisted and shortened with ty-wraps.
Mine don't pinch. It must be the difference in frame height, my frame is only 4". I can see where the chains on a 5" frame might be likely to get pinched.
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Dad told me to always cross the chains under the tongue and hitch. At 14 years old I was in charge of hitching and unhitching our 26' trailer on the journey from Detroit and Los Angeles......on rte 66......in 1952. I still do as Dad says.
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Removable hooks for towing chain

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Also, do not twist your chains to shorten them. Cut them to the proper length. If you use different tow vehicles on the same trailer, use removable hooks and place them at the proper length.
I haven't heard of removable hooks for shortening the chain. That's just what I could use! Does anyone have a photo and source?

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I haven't heard of removable hooks for shortening the chain. That's just what I could use! Does anyone have a photo and source?

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I did not like how bulky the Clevis hooks are. They would not hang freely with the receiver lock I have. So I found these:
Amazon.com: Curt Manufacturing J-83 17/32" S-Hook W/Wire Latch Gtw 7,600 Class 4 Zinc: Automotive

I did not like how the chain just slid in with nothing to keep it there so I drilled and tapped them. Also had to grind a little off the sides so the chains would go on these work very well.
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