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Old 04-24-2009, 06:45 PM   #15
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Chains should always be crossed never drag ground when ar decided in 1967 they had to have 21 inch ball ht. bad desicion reese made head l bar which siscsored 5000 lbs pressure causing head to break my rec. to reese was to bridge bottom with flat stock also to weld in gusset vert. horz. sq. bar and vert. bars reese accepted my rec. plus paid large settelement my loss of 1967 30 ft ar check sarasota fla rally 1967 I was one with wood and nail tr there after losing my ar at nashville on way to rally there is much more to story email me at for more details owned ar since 1962 presently have 1976 31 sov pur new 1976 tow with 2000 chev 2500 4 whl. drive no problems no interest replacing faRMER BILL

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Old 04-26-2009, 01:45 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by kfrere View Post
We can shorten the chains by simply undoing what we have done. We are the ones who added two extra links on both sides. But, if we shorten them again then we'll be back to our original problem - which is that the hitch cannot pivot (float) as freely as it needs to in a turn.
Sean, does this sound O.K?
If you have a digital camera and any kind of software take the pictures and let us know what software you have and one of us will walk you thought he up load. Take a picture showing the trailer and TV foull side view and several of the chains and hitch.

There is NO REASON for your chains to hit the ground unless you are running extremely tongue low. The chains will not shorten when turning, in fact as mentioned they will drop closer to the ground during a turn.

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Old 04-27-2009, 10:14 AM   #17
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I'll take some pictures this Friday since we are hitching up then to tow to a campground.

Our tongue is very low. We pull with an Excursion, which is low because it's an SUV and not a truck.

The chains tighten when we turn a corner because our hitch "floats" which causes the chain on the opposite side to tighten.

Anyway, I'll take pictures and show you what I mean.

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