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Old 02-04-2014, 12:35 PM   #1
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Chains? Which ones? What length?

Towing newbie here trying to be ready to buy and pull my trailer from the sale.

I'm looking at trailers with dry weight under 4k. I have a factory 3/4 hitch. What size and type of chain should I get. I think I should get two and each should have the capacity for a loaded trailer. But what length? 36 inch and tie off on the hooks on the hitch or 72 and tie the chain off on itself?
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Old 02-04-2014, 01:04 PM   #2
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Unless you're buying a very old Airstream or one that's been damaged, it should already have safety chains installed. What sort of trailer are you looking at?

EDIT: Oh, and re: attaching the chains to your tow vehicle: I use hooks with a latch at the end of the chain and hook those to the holes for that purpose in my receiver.
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I am focused on Argosys from the 70s. Looking at a 78 20 footer and a 74 24 footer in the near future.
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All 3 of my Argosies already had safety chains ('73 26' parts trailer, '75 24', '76 28')... I think someone would've had to break or intentionally remove them for you to find one without, but taking hooks or bolts to use to hook to your truck might be wise. Come to think of it, that's one of the things I didn't take on any of the rescue missions. I did have baling wire, though!
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Use them!

Just make sure you use them, unlike this guy who we saw pulling a horse trailer today. That horse would have had a very unpleasant 70 mph ride if something had gone wrong! Not to mention the other drivers on the road. Hope he made it safely to wherever he was going.
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Get "proof" coil chain. They are welded links and load tested. Each chain should be able to support weight of trailer. Should be of sufficient length to CROSS from left to right and provide a "cradle" to catch the tongue should things go north. The chains should also not bind in turns.

Using proper hooks with the retainer clip/ spring latch are recommended. Less likely to be shaken off.
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