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Old 09-07-2011, 01:46 PM   #57
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You've never dragged the hitch? You can hear 'em then!
I have heard the end of the drawbar scrape a few times. I have never heard the chains. Maybe because I drive diesels.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:02 PM   #58
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Minnesota law says chains are required. There is no provision for the use of cables.

I suspect that the law is the same in many other states.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:48 PM   #59
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Just for clarity reasons only....

Minnesota allows the use of "safety chains or cables" and I haven't seen a state yet that does not.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:02 PM   #60
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Minnesota allows the use of "safety chains or cables" and I haven't seen a state yet that does not.
Texas requires chains. Here is the definition in the the administrative code:

Safety chains--A series of metal links or rings connected to or fitted into one another, and are inclusive of the hooks, coupling devices, and other connections, necessary in the coupling together of a towing or towed vehicle.

(1) Two separate and individual safety chains shall be used simultaneously in all situations where safety chains are required.

(2) The two safety chains will be of equal length, long enough to permit free turning of the vehicles without placing stress on the chains, and attached to the towing vehicle equidistant right and left of the point at which the vehicles are connected. They must be of appropriate length to allow for them to be crossed under the tongue, or connecting apparatus, of the towed vehicle in such a manner that they would prevent it from coming into contact with the road surface should the vehicles become detached. In no event will the safety chains be allowed to contact the road surface during movement of the vehicles.

(3) Safety chains shall be of sufficient strength to prevent the vehicles from separating in the event the towed vehicle disengages from the towing vehicle under ordinary towing conditions.

(4) Safety chains must be attached to either side of the tongue or connecting apparatus of the towed vehicle, equidistant forward and aft of the hitch or connector. They shall not be directly welded to the towed vehicle, but rather shall be connected by means of bolts, pins, or other secure connecting methods, that meet necessary strength requirements
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:39 AM   #61
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Texas statute defines "safety chains" as:

(e) In this section, "safety chains" means flexible tension members connected from the front of a drawn vehicle to the rear of the drawing vehicle to maintain connection between the vehicles if the primary connecting system fails.
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Old 09-08-2011, 07:18 AM   #62
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Texas statute defines "safety chains" as:

(e) In this section, "safety chains" means flexible tension members connected from the front of a drawn vehicle to the rear of the drawing vehicle to maintain connection between the vehicles if the primary connecting system fails.
True, but the statute also says that the administrative code defines the application of the statute. The code clearly specifies chains as a series of metal links as is posted above. I don't think you can pass inspection without chains.
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:19 PM   #63
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I didn't get around to changing things on that '83.

My latest "25-yr old TT" still needs new chains, hooks, attachments (have no idea about stress on current set of chains). Look okay, but . . . .

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Old 04-05-2013, 11:55 PM   #64
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(4) Safety chains must be attached to either side of the tongue or connecting apparatus of the towed vehicle, equidistant forward and aft of the hitch or connector. They shall not be directly welded to the towed vehicle, but rather shall be connected by means of bolts, pins, or other secure connecting methods, that meet necessary strength requirements

I guess Airstream missed this, my chains are both attached at one point in the center of the tongue.
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And not attaching them to the hitch receiver, IIRC, as it may come off the TV.

Each chain must be of sufficient rating to handle the trailer is the other part.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:29 AM   #68
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My chains were Airstream factory installed in June 2012 to what appears to be a piece of reebar welded to the frame just behind the ball socket. The trailer ends of the two chains are touching each other.

The only way I see to create a "cradle" would be to put a cross chain between the two lengths at a location that would catch the Hensley hitch or the stinger.

I wonder if a shackle and pin would work on the tow vehicle end since it would necessary to use one on the trailer end to install new chain. Safety wiring the pin would keep the chain attached.
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I would stick with chains.
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I would stick with chains.
I switched over to cables a few months ago and have never regretted it. Easy to use, strong, safe, secure and much cleaner than rusty old chains.
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