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Old 09-10-2012, 11:49 PM   #21
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I have been told by having the chains crossed if the TT and TV would separate, having the chains crossed will allow you to keep control of your combination.

Mrnoyb; I was taught that the chain hooks should be entered from the bottom/behind, so in your photo your chain hooks should also be flipped over. Also I think your deal hooked your TT up without crossing the chains as there does not appear to be enough slack in the chains for them to cross them.

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Old 09-11-2012, 06:39 AM   #22
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croos them ALWAYS! We live very close to a few large CGs and their TT storage facility is across the road from my neighborhood. I see constantly the drivers for the CG ( the ones the pull your TT out of storage and set it up at the site before your arrival) pull a TT out of storage with NO chain at all connected to the TV :0 The storage location is a mile or less away from the CG but still getting on the main highway like this is very risky, expecially putting someone elses property (and lives) at risk is nuts. sorry for rant...continue on now.

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Old 09-11-2012, 09:45 AM   #23
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Did anyone ever have a trailer come off and hit the chains? That has be be scary! Where do you think the weakest link in the chain is? The bolt that holds on on the trailer, the S hooks, or the chain itself?
It seems like you have a 50 50 chance if it comes off of hitting your bumper, or hitting the chains.
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:19 PM   #24
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Had a camper come off the ball once and with the crossed chains it was basically a non event. Slowing down for a red light felt a thump and actually thought the guy following us (read: tailgating) had bumped into us. Anyway walking back noticed the thing was unhitched, got through the light, pulled over rehitched and went on home. Trailer followed or behaved as normal in the short distance to stop and then pull over.

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Old 09-19-2012, 12:13 AM   #25
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Like so many others have said in here, crossing the chains seems to be the only way to go. If those chains can help support the trailer in the event that it becomes detached somehow, at least it gives you some kind of prevention against a major problem. Several towing "experts" have told me that it is the best way to go.

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Old 09-20-2012, 08:28 AM   #26
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CROSS THEM... that way if the tongue comes off the ball the A frame will sit in the chains rather than dig into the ground.. this will also keep the trailer plugged in and help with braking.....
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:29 AM   #27
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Wow- we've been towing three years and had no idea. I actually came across this thread b/c I was wondering what to do when chains are so short, when straight, that they barely make it from frame to tow vehicle. Still don't have an answer to that, but now I know we need the chains to be even longer, so as to cross them. Thanks!
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:34 AM   #28
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snip..... I was wondering what to do when chains are so short, when straight, that they barely make it from frame to tow vehicle. Still don't have an answer to that, but now I know we need the chains to be even longer, so as to cross them. Thanks!
Your correct.., the crossing of the safety chains will only be effective in supporting the ball mount (in the event of a disconnect) only if they are the correct length for the TV/TT combination in question. Since no two TV/TT combinations are the same, failure conditions differ, thus IMO a lot of conditions have to be "just right" for the crossed safety chains to be effective in the event of a TV/TT hitch failure.


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Old 10-21-2012, 03:36 AM   #29
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Bob, this is a link to your buddy John on the Sunline forum who documents his thoughts on this matter. I agree with you that the chains need to be crossed. I had trouble believing that the crossed chains would work supporting the trailer in the event of a separation. This was just my own opinion from what I could see happening with my own set up. It wasn't until I came across John's post that I realized that others had the same concern. For those of you who want a great read on tech issues, John B on the Sunline forum is what Bob is to our forum. I have learned lots from both of them and appreciate their contribution. So read this link for the chain issue which he documents very well.

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Way back about 20 years ago, I was in a caravan of antique car owners travelling to a national meet. About six rigs, with all the Model T Fords on car-hauling trailers. One rig was a 30 or so foot motor home, with the trailer on behind and the driver a little hard of hearing. On a straight stretch of road, the following rig noticed an unusual swaying of the trailer ahead. Pulled up beside, and discovered the trailer unhitched and swinging, cradled in the crossed chains. Turns out the ball actually broke off the shaft, and remained in the hitch head. The incident never got the attention of the driver, as he never felt or heard a thing. Damage was limited to the ball itself. If the chains had not been crossed, trailer hitch would most likely have dug into the pavement, and caused a bad accident.

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