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Old 09-08-2012, 08:20 PM   #1
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Cross safety chains?

Are the two safety chains between the tt and the tv supposed to be crossed. I saw two new tt being delivered at the dealers and one driver had them crossed and one did not. What is correct/
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:47 PM   #2
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:44 PM   #4
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Here in TX you are required to cross the safety chains. Each State has its own rules regarding crossed or not crossed.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:11 PM   #5
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In PA it is the law.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:26 PM   #6
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I was told its federal law that requires crossing.
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Old 09-08-2012, 10:40 PM   #7
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If they are crossed the tongue of the trailer is less likely to hit the road. If the tongue stays suspended you have more controll.
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I feel better crossing them, never had a problem.
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Old 09-09-2012, 02:33 AM   #9
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Crossing them, I was a uhaul dealer and we were trained to always gross the chains. This creates a cradle for the tongue to drop into in case the trailer ever disconnects from the tv like it happened to me once.
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Old 09-09-2012, 05:19 AM   #10
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As others have already stated...CROSSED. But I have noticed that many people have so much slack in the chains that the purpose of crossing them will have zero effect. They should only have enough slack so as not to bind when approaching a jackknife condition.

Just an additional note I have also seen many people have their break-away switch cable attached to one of the safety chains. This makes the break-away system almost useless. The cable should be attached to a part of the TV that is not part of the detachable portion of the hitch system.
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