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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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  3. Redgie
    December 13, 2020 @ 10:17 AM

    Wondering if connecting your safety chain from trailer to a correct rated shackle on hitch receiver is ok? Giving the right length needed to hook up.

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    • Mechanic
      December 14, 2020 @ 2:44 PM

      I’m not totally understanding your question. The goal for safety chains is to compensate for other failures — human or equipment. The chains should be attached to something secure on the tow vehicle, and secure on the trailer. Receivers often have tabs for chains, and if that’s what you’re asking, then yes. Just make sure the tabs and receiver are appropriate for the weight of the trailer. Don’t put tabs on the drawbar, because the pin becomes a single point of failure.

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  4. Redgie
    December 15, 2020 @ 7:40 PM

    Yes making sure everything is rated for the trailer I’m pulling. Thank you for responding .

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