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  1. Ivan
    May 18, 2020 @ 7:17 AM

    Great article on an important topic, however, I think it would be useful to also show the proper way/ways to attach the chain to the trailer. The article only mentioned what not to do.
    Thanks!

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  2. Flamingtaco
    July 29, 2020 @ 8:11 AM

    I disagree on the recommendation to have the breakaway cable shorter than the safety chains. The last thing you want with a still connected trailer when the hitch fails is 100% braking from the trailer. That is not a controlled situation.

    The name break-away is accurate; if a trailer breaks away from a tow-vehicle (no connections between them), you want it to come to a stop in as short a distance as possible so it doesn’t enter opposing lanes or hit something, sending debris into traffic.

    If a trailer is still chained to the tow vehicle, you want the driver to be able to come to a smooth, slowly decelerating stop.

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