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Old 01-14-2022, 07:05 AM   #1
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Incoming new F250. Safety chain?

When I bought a new 2017 F250 the hitch was not configured well for the safety chain hooks and I had to add heavy duty quick links. Will that still be the case with the 2022 F250 when it arrives in two months or has there been improvement to the hitch?
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Old 01-14-2022, 09:07 AM   #2
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When I bought a new 2017 F250 the hitch was not configured well for the safety chain hooks and I had to add heavy duty quick links. Will that still be the case with the 2022 F250 when it arrives in two months or has there been improvement to the hitch?
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I don't think there are many 2022's "out in the wild" yet. The hitch on my 2021 was a little better than the one on my 2017. Even with the 2017 you could use the normal hooks. You just had to put them on the "right" way. ( = front to back didn't work at all, back to front did work..... or something like that.)

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Old 01-14-2022, 09:35 AM   #3
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I have a 2022 F250 with the 3" receiver/max tow package. There is nothing wrong with the hitch. It is made to pull 24K lbs and designed appropriately. The safety chain holes are made for heavy duty trailers. While you can add smaller links for small hooks, my advice is to upgrade the hook on your safety chains which is pretty simple.
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an alternative is to put "hammerlock" links on the truck - they will accept a variety of chain hook styles and sizes
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Old 01-14-2022, 09:58 AM   #5
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I have the Class V 3" hitch on my 2020 F250. As Uncle Bob states, the safety chain hooks that came with the AS have to be attached from the back, unless you can figure another type of hook. It was a bit of a hassle to remove once connected, so instead of replacing the chain hooks, I added 3/4" D-ring shackles (42K# capacity). A lot easier to attach than using the small hitch frame holes and I gain a few extra inches of chain length.
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Old 01-14-2022, 10:11 AM   #6
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What VeloBuckeye shows is exactly what I showed my neighbor to do with his Chevy 2500 Silverado... Easy Peasy and damn strong too!
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Old 01-14-2022, 10:17 AM   #7
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2017 f250

I have had a 2017 F250 diesel and a 2014 27FB Sterling combo for 4.5 years.
The original chain hooks work just fine. I put them on with the hook up and the spring on the bottom through the hole by positioning it at a 60 degree angle sideways until the hook goes through. then tilt down until the spring pops shut. Taking off I reverse the process. Works perfectly for me.
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Old 01-14-2022, 10:32 AM   #8
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I didn't know there was a problem? I just hook from backside of the hitch; reach under and hook-em, "Dano"!. Even the wife does it and never complained! (yet!)
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Old 01-14-2022, 11:33 AM   #9
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My 2022 F-250 has a 2.5" receiver (thanks to the dealer ordering it wrong).The hook barely fits frontwards or backwards. I may upgrade to VeloBuckeye's solution.

Side note...I ordered the 3" stinger for the PPP before truck delivery. So...3" stinger, 2.5" receiver. Dealer wrote me a check for the cost of the stinger.
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Old 01-14-2022, 11:57 AM   #10
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After a long 6 month wait I am picking up my 2022 F250 this afternoon. It has the 3" receiver. Will let you know and post a pic of the chain hook tonight or in the morning.
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Old 01-15-2022, 07:00 AM   #11
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an alternative is to put "hammerlock" links on the truck - they will accept a variety of chain hook styles and sizes
Thank you, Vesuvius, for reminding me what links I used back then. They have amazing strength ratings and worked well on my previous truck.

There was quite a discussion on this forum in 2017 when those trucks first started coming into use. I recall some folks using woefully underrated hardware store quick links as their work-around. The hammerlocks eliminated that worry for me.
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Here is what new 2022 F250 chain hook looks like with our airstream hook on. Went on easy. Took a little work to get off but might get easier with technique. Also attached is a pic of the truck in Antimatter Blue. It is Loaded Lariat diesel HD tow without moon roof. Payload came out to 2793lbs. Spent the day driving about 120 miles mixture of town and highway with average of 20 mpg so pleased so far.
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Here is what new 2022 F250 chain hook looks like with our airstream hook on. Went on easy. Took a little work to get off but might get easier with technique. Also attached is a pic of the truck in Antimatter Blue. It is Loaded Lariat diesel HD tow without moon roof. Payload came out to 2793lbs. Spent the day driving about 120 miles mixture of town and highway with average of 20 mpg so pleased so far.
Good looking truck, Orange! I have a Supercab Lariat 4x4, 6.7 on order scheduled to build WO 2/14. I am hugely looking forward to the move up from an F150.

Thanks for posting the pics! And we have a Boxer butt just like the one in your photo!
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I didn't know there was a problem? I just hook from backside of the hitch; reach under and hook-em, "Dano"!. Even the wife does it and never complained! (yet!)

Same here…never had an issue with it. The chain hooks are much easier to clip to the hitch than the carabiner for the brake safety.
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Good looking truck, Orange! I have a Supercab Lariat 4x4, 6.7 on order scheduled to build WO 2/14. I am hugely looking forward to the move up from an F150.

Thanks for posting the pics! And we have a Boxer butt just like the one in your photo!
Thanks. Loving it more than expected so far. I really did not want to move up but I was a good 300+lbs over GVWR with my F150 and we still wanted to take more toys (Kayaks). Good you have a build date as everything should flow on schedule now. Hang in there - it is definitely worth the wait!

That Boxer butt goes with me everywhere and has to put his nose right in the middle of what every I am working on. He must think his full name is "Brody Move" Very entertaining creatures for sure!
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Same here…never had an issue with it. The chain hooks are much easier to clip to the hitch than the carabiner for the brake safety.
Yep, same here. Just make sure your pin is long enough to go through that 3” hitch. I carry a spare.
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