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Old 05-07-2015, 08:47 AM   #11
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I believe my chains are welded on but don't know for sure and the TT is in storage right now.
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:18 AM   #12
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Screw pin D-ring shackles will work. I've seen USA made screw pin shackles distort under load without failure. (Don't know if that applies to the typical emerging country products.) I recommend selecting a screw pin or bolt shackle, not a pin shackle that just uses a cotter pin keeper. Stainless steel may be a good option if sized correctly.

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I prefer them to hooks for directly connecting chains to the anchor points. S hooks have been known to jump off. I loop the shackle over the hitch anchor loop and position the pin through the proper length safety chain link. I always orient the screw pin thread to be on the lower part. A bit of Vaseline or grease on the threads keeps things from seizing.

A hook will easily fit into a D-ring shackle if that is what you want to do.

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Old 05-07-2015, 08:59 PM   #13
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I had the same issue and my dealer put these on also. They work well.
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Old 05-08-2015, 12:44 AM   #14
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I use the threaded links shown.

Remember they don't need to crazy heavy duty. The safety chains are expected to support the TT tounge weight, for a brief period of time till you can stop. You aren't going to suspend the TT from the safety chains.

I think mine a 3/8".
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Old 05-08-2015, 07:01 PM   #15
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That Tulsa chain store is literally 1 mile away from me. I can't believe I have never heard of it before!

I had the same surprise when I bought my new to me chevy 2500 btw I use the quick links.
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Old 05-16-2015, 04:55 PM   #16
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I finally got around to going to a local cargo trailer sales lot and they had a 1/2 inch quick link that fit very snugly. I bought two and filed the openings down about 1/16th and they fit great. I think I may buy 2 more to lengthen the safety chains.
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Looks like you found a solution already, and I know this will sound odd, but have you tried clipping the safety chain to those holes with the little flipper gate of the safety chain pointed UP and hooking it from the front towards the back?
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Old 05-18-2015, 08:34 AM   #18
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Yes, I tried that. I stood there for several minutes trying every position possible. In addition to the snap hooks being too small, the chains were just long enough to reach the platform when crossed so I couldn't hook them up backwards. These 1/2 inch links work fine but I may order 5/8 inch links and use these to lengthen the chains.

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Old 05-26-2015, 02:24 PM   #19
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I want to thank JMooney for suggesting Tulsa Chain. I just received the 9/16th inch quick links that I ordered here Quick Link - from Tulsa Chain, Inc. and they are a perfect fit. Only $3.00 each with a weight rating of 6100 lbs. I bought 4 just in case I misplace a set or they "walk off" while camping.

Unfortunately the shipping ($14.75) costed me more than the 4 links ($12.00) but it was well worth it. Now I can move on to another TT project.

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