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Trailer Safety Chain

Discussion in 'Towing & Hauling' started by 4Runner, May 29, 2018.

  1. May 29, 2018 at 3:12 PM
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    4Runner

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    Pulled my Jon boat to the beach for the first time in my Tundra. My safety chain won’t secure to the hitch because of the thickness around the opening. See pic. I made it but I want a better solution. Any ideas?

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  2. May 29, 2018 at 3:29 PM
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  3. May 29, 2018 at 3:30 PM
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    Mine looks the exact same. Did the same thing as you.

    Interested in the reply’s.
     
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  4. May 29, 2018 at 3:30 PM
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    Casper3

    Casper3 Slow down, let the MGM's catch up.

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    Upgrade to these, no offense but those are junk. Better safe than sorry even on a small trailer. Screenshot_20180529-182635.jpg
     
  5. May 29, 2018 at 3:31 PM
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    Got it. I saw those on Amazon. I need a slightly longer chain too. Might stop in at Lowe’s and see what they have.

    No offense taken. They came on the trailer. I’ll keep researching.


    Thanks for the info.
     
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  6. May 29, 2018 at 3:34 PM
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    Yep saw those at Home Depot or Walmart. Going to stop by one of those places first so I can make sure the size will work.
     
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  7. May 29, 2018 at 3:35 PM
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    Those look like they weigh more than my entire set up lol
     
  8. May 29, 2018 at 3:40 PM
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    It’s hard to judge online...any size info on the Clevis that we know will work?
     
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  9. May 29, 2018 at 3:42 PM
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    Casper3 Slow down, let the MGM's catch up.

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    They might lol there's different sizes obviously. Mine have a 1/4 stamped on them if that helps you guy's out. Hooked to 12x7 enclosed trailer.
     
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  10. May 29, 2018 at 3:52 PM
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    Good question and observation.

    I keep a set of quick links (3300 lbs each rated) on my coupler.

    You will want some 5/16 hooks. 457D28ED-EE60-48BE-BDCE-677AA398515D.jpg

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  11. May 29, 2018 at 4:16 PM
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    1/4" hooks will also work.
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  12. May 29, 2018 at 4:19 PM
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    Probably better to go with these OP since your buying them. If I remember corectly, the 5/16” were a PITA to get on and off with the Tundra hitch.
     
  13. May 29, 2018 at 4:23 PM
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    When I clip the hook on to the hitch I do need to rotate the hook a bit so that the clasp closes. Not difficult and there is no struggle to get them on or off.
     
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  14. May 29, 2018 at 4:25 PM
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    Thanks for confirmation. Yeah OP, get the 1/4” hooks. I forgot the 5/16 hooks are no good on the Tundra
     
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  15. May 29, 2018 at 4:40 PM
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    If you're going to pick up a longer chain - make sure you have enough room to cross the trailer chains before attaching to the hitch. Lots of people don't cross the chains, but I prefer the extra peace of mind.
     
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  16. May 29, 2018 at 4:43 PM
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    Glad this question was asked!
    I have to replace my chains with longer ones. Bought chain and same quick links as @ColoradoTJ but I wasnt real sure exactly what hooks
     
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    That's why I am replacing my chain, they were not long enough to cross
     
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  18. May 29, 2018 at 6:01 PM
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    Thanks guys. I have my marching orders now.
     
  19. May 29, 2018 at 6:11 PM
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    Crossing safety chains is by far the best way. If your trailer were ever to go off without a hitch, the crossed chains will cradle the tongue, rather then letting it drop and potentially dig in to the road surface. Crossed chains also greatly reduce the amount a trailer can move side to side if if became unhitched.

    The fact remains though, their best purpose is to ensure you are fully punished for however you f#*%ed up with your hitch, and beat the heck out of the rear of your truck as a reminder. :p
     
  20. May 29, 2018 at 7:09 PM
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    I keep the same thing in my truck along with a 4 flat light wire extension. I've run into too many trailers that don't work with my truck.
     
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  22. Jun 2, 2018 at 2:46 PM
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    I feel so much better now. Isn’t Amazon the best. Thanks again for all the info. Hope this thread helps someone else down the road.


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