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Old 09-28-2007, 07:06 PM   #1
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Safety Chain on Inside or Outside of Equalizer Bars?

Does anyone have a reason to (or not to) route the safety chain on the outside of the equalizer bars?

I currently have mine routed to the outside, but they are rubbing on the outside of the equalizer bars.

It just does not "look right" when I leave them inside of the bars (chains are crossed under the tongue).

I'd appreciate any input, and the reasons why the chains go on the inside - or the outside.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-28-2007, 07:12 PM   #2
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On our hitch set-up, our chains are crossed underneath the tongue, but fall inside the Equil-i-zer bars... Here's a picture...

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Old 09-28-2007, 07:49 PM   #3
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I keep 'em inside and crossed side to side.
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Old 09-28-2007, 08:09 PM   #4
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Does anyone have a reason to (or not to) route the safety chain on the outside of the equalizer bars?

I currently have mine routed to the outside, but they are rubbing on the outside of the equalizer bars.

It just does not "look right" when I leave them inside of the bars (chains are crossed under the tongue).

I'd appreciate any input, and the reasons why the chains go on the inside - or the outside.

Thanks in advance.
like tb and moose i cross mine and they hang inside the bars---my 2 reasons. ----should you uncouple while towing ,theorectically?,the tongue should be kept off the road by falling on the crossed chains. my2nd reason is that the bars are in fact springs. Its my undertanding that scratches , even small ones can cause a spring to break. ---pieman
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Old 09-28-2007, 08:24 PM   #6
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Triple Ditto .... BINGO!
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Old 09-28-2007, 09:47 PM   #9
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Old 09-28-2007, 09:59 PM   #10
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ALWAYS Run them on the inside, as well as wrapping around themself's two or three times or more. This is done so if the hitch mount ever breaks, which they can, the hitch of the trailer will drop on to the chains and will not hit the ground. If they were not wrapped they would hit the ground, and the swing back until the chains were tight and then shoot forward and push your rig right off the road. Take it from someone that it's happed too, it's no fun.
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Old 09-29-2007, 04:46 PM   #11
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ALWAYS Run them on the inside, as well as wrapping around themself's two or three times or more.
I agree inside.

But I strongly disagee in wrapping any chain, that comprimising its breaking strengh.

The links should be free of twist or knots.

If you are wraping them because they hit the ground, use a bungee or cut them to fit correctly.
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Old 09-29-2007, 04:52 PM   #12
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It's unanimous - chains inside bars.
Don't wrap the chains, for the reasons LI Pets gave. They should simply be crossed.
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I used ty-wraps to shorten mine. No twisting, no wraping.
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i better double check the location of my 'L' brackets... i don't have nearly as much torsion bar past the connection as what you're showing... i thought it was 29"-32" from the center line of ball to centerline of 'L' bracket... but I need to check installation manual...
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