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Old 11-13-2006, 08:13 PM   #1
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Replace Safety Chains..?

When we purchased our 71 in July and took it into a SOB dealer for wheel bearing service (nice helpful folks and seemed concerned) I asked about the safety chains.

They seem so small even in comparison to the chains on our 2,800# previous Coleman. Should we replace them...?

The reply was - if you get to that point the difference in the original chains and new ones aren't going to make S*&t difference.

Any opinions - everytime I look at the original chains it makes me wonder.
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Old 11-13-2006, 08:20 PM   #2
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Why worry

Towing a trailer brings lots of concerns and worries as it is. If those chains are giving you a worry. Replace them and rid yourself of a worry. Lord knows chains are cheap enough.
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Change them! Check your real weight; buy chains that are sufficient for that weight.....and hooks also. Most connecting hooks are WAY undersized.
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:09 PM   #4
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If you have any doubts, change them out. I can speak from experiance.
I had a vintage canned ham that popped the ball during a deer crossing incident at 50 mph in the U.P. of Michigan a number of years ago. We lost the trailer and the pickup camper shell but the rig stayed connected to to truck.
How knows the consequences if it had seperated and drifted into oncoming traffic?
Make sure you get chains rated more than the weight of the trailer and get quality hooks, or screw type links, to make the connection.

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