Originally Posted by VicS1950
I know that it is a law in some states to cross the chains. It is an excellent practice whether it is law or not.
The crossed chains are to help keep the tongue from swinging out further back and forth. Anyone that wants to can believe that it will cradle the tongue, but the physics of the situation don't support that. (Pun intended.) Please explain to me how the "cradle" works without constant tension on the chains. As soon as the tow vehicle speed is less than than the towed speed the tongue will drop.
Think about it.
It only works to cradle/catch the coupler if the lengths of the chains are correct.
Too long and what's left of the coupler will
strike the ground. Bad situation just got worse.
Too short...Lots of problems: Can't install chains, sharp turns bend things. Poor operation.
Crossing the chains (no Ghostbuster jokes, please) helps limit side-to side swinging after coupler failure better than leaving them straight.
So, lets all pay attention to our hitching process. Double and triple check our work before driving off. Then again at every stop.
Lets keep the surprises in the 'Pleasant' category as much as possible?