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Old 09-04-2011, 06:46 PM   #15
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Ariz-Pacer... Glad you made it on your way safe and sound and that it all turned out well in the end. And thanks for sharing the experience with us...we all need to be reminded form time to time to check our hitch set-up...

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Old 09-04-2011, 10:52 PM   #16
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Glad you and the truck anf trailer made it out o.k.

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Old 09-05-2011, 02:25 AM   #17
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Safety Chains.......

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Did you cross the safety chains so the coupler would fall on the crossed chains? That's how I hook them.

Yes.......I did cross the safety chains and it did catch the coupler/tongue, however the chains were longer than they needed to be and that allowed the base of the jack to dig into the pavement causing quite a ruckus and tossing the Airstream about. It's a little shorter now.......

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Old 09-07-2011, 07:47 AM   #18
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I am glad to hear you had no injury or damage. I can attest to the worth of the chains after forgetting to put in the locking pins on our TOAD and pulling our Saturn through Vermont with nothing but the chains. Eventually a passing motorist on the Interstate got our attention and we correctly hitched up the Saturn.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:03 AM   #19
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Although I wince every time we hoist the rear of the TV up with the trailer jack to connect up the weight distribution system, I do at least know for sure that the ball and coupler are mated properly. Crossed chains are always applied anyway, partly to satisfy the law but mostly to keep me happy that we're taking every possible precaution!
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:09 AM   #20
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Wow, great story, buddy!! Thanks for posting it! I was right there with you. I'll bookmark it for others.

Here's the thread on this issue for which you may have been searching.
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Old 09-07-2011, 09:56 AM   #21
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I have always wondered if our safety chains were a bit long. I will be sure to get them checked by a professional soon. What changes will you make when hooking up now. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:37 PM   #22
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Been there, too! We ended up with the TT stuck under our bumper as we braked to the side of the road. Now, shortening of chains to appropriate length is top priority.
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Old 01-12-2012, 07:46 AM   #23
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I was distracted by a neighbor with friendly conversation while attaching my Hensley to the truck receiver and forgot to put the pin in. After traveling several miles and then up mountain switch backs we heard and felt the thud as the trailer became unhitched, Hensley and all. The safety chains worked and with the help of an Airstream buddy we were traveling with we got the trailer all hooked up and were off with no damage at all. Moral of the story....don't get distracted while hooking up your Hensley or any other hitch device!
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:20 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by ZoominC6 View Post
...we heard and felt the thud as the trailer became unhitched...
That wasn't the trailer thudding, that was your heart in your mouth!
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Old 01-12-2012, 08:41 AM   #25
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Brad, Were you there? Hahaha. If it hadn't been for my friend, another forum member, I might have had a heart attack! It was a seriously stressful moment for certain!
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:40 AM   #26
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I have not read all of this thread,but I replaced our saftey chains last year.While hooking up to leave a campsite I found an open link in both saftey chains. These I assumed were the originals as they had the rod that is thur the first link and welded to the A frame. I took the torch and cut them both off. Then I went to Lowes and got new hooks and chain.I went up one size on the chain because I felt the originals were a bit small.
I bought hooks with pins so I could adjust how much ground clearence I have and they can be adjust if I change TV. I can also take them off an store them in winter or when not towing. WORKS FER ME.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:53 AM   #27
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I recently had new chains put on, and they were wayyyy to long. New to towing, I just grabbed a bungie to keep them from actually touching the ground. A friend showed me that you can run the chain through the link in the TV, then hook the chain back on itself to make the chain as short as possible. The carbiners, hooks, etc do not have to attach to the TV, they can hook back to the chain itself.
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:00 PM   #28
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Near catastrophe

Went out and hooked up the new Bubble for a trip to a friends welding shop for some expert care. Hooked up as usual, did a safety walk around, and hit the road for the short trip. About three miles into the trip, on a country road I passed over a small bridge which had a small hump/bump as you came off it. I felt and heard the thump......looked in the rear view and saw the horrifying sight of the Bubble weaving side to side, nose low. At 55 mph the Bubble had become detached from the ball. It remained hooked the the single, rusted out safety chain which I was enroute to have replaced. Now it all came together....a single chain, rusted nearly in two, 55 mph, detached and dragging on the retracted jack. It brought back many memories of formation flights. Trying to slow up without ramming the Bubble up under the rear of the truck. Using the drag of the jack to slow us up to a safe stop while swerving back and forth. Traffic was no problem...thank you!....but it could have been if any had been around. I think the heavy 3/4 ton Super Duty was a saving grace too. A lighter vehicle would surely have joined in the whipping swerves.....this did not. So....had the trailer drag us to a straight ahead stop. I was able to lift the hitch back into place and re latch it. It seemed to lock into place as it should...and the chain re checked. 20 mph limp to the shop. I checked the hitch and can only think that the bump off the bridge flipped up the locking tounge allowing the detachment. I never have used a pin to lock the hitch closed...I will always do so now. Also....two chains and a new hitch being installed now.

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