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Old 09-15-2018, 04:07 PM   #1
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Safety Chains

What is the proper method of determining the correct length for safety chains?

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Old 09-15-2018, 05:23 PM   #2
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Old 09-15-2018, 05:23 PM   #3
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I don't know if there is a general rule for length. I like the chain to hang about half way between the ground and frame.

If your going to buy new chains, mock it up with a light piece of twine, to get the idle length. A little longer or shorter is no big deal. Remember to cross the chains.
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:45 PM   #4
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My OEM chains were a bit too short for me. They would bind on tight turns. I used plastic chain to mock up a new set at the length I wanted using "add a links" as the temp connection point. To gauge the right length I set my truck and trailer up in a pretty tight turn and measured from there. I cut the old ones off the frame and welded on the new set.
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Old 09-16-2018, 06:04 PM   #5
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If your chains are too long all you need to do is put a few twists in the chain to suck up the slack, if you’ve ever rented a uhaul trailer, their chains are all long, they just twist them to fit each specific tow vehicle

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Old 09-17-2018, 02:23 AM   #6
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Except when you can't. On my 2017 23RB, the safety chains are attached to the A-frame at the exact same spot. Thus, they can't be crossed.

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Remember to cross the chains.

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