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If you are towing a trailer, I'm sure you know about safety chains and how to hitch up your trailer.
This post, however,
talks about one of the sometimes troublesome aspects of hitching the trailer - and how to simplify
Safety Chain Purpose
As you know, safety chains are intended to keep the trailer connected to the tow vehicle when
going down the road,
especially in extreme emergency situations. But, isn't that what the ball and hitch are for? Yes,
the ball and hitch latch
keep the trailer attached, but in the event of an extreme situation like fish tailing on a wet road,
emergency braking, or
a high speed turn, the trailer could jack-knife or rollover. Should that occur, the hitch could
become detached due to
lots of torque - and who wants their trailer flying down the highway without a tow vehicle to
control (or at least anchor)
Luckily, I can't tell you about my personal experiences with that!
Bottom line, the safety chains keep the two vehicles connected. When connecting them, which you
have to do every
time you hitch, you cross the chains (and maybe twist them to the right length) before connecting
to the tow vehicle. Of
course, they need to be loose enough to make turns, but tight enough so they don't drag on the
Some trailers have safety brakes which are triggered by a smaller wire cable threaded through
one of the chains. If
pulled tight (like if the trailer was actually dragged by the chain) the emergency brakes are
Hooking the Safety Chains
In the process of hooking up these safety chains, the hooks in the end of the chains are hooked
onto the loops on the
tow vehicle hitch. These hooks sometimes have a spring loaded latch to close the hook to avoid it
accidentally unlatched on the road. Here's the troublesome part - the hooks for larger trailers are
large, and when
combined with the safety latches, they are difficult to hook through the loops provided on the
trailer hitch of some
trucks. You have to bend over or get on the ground, open the latch, angle it at the ideal angle,
reach around the
hitched trailer, avoid the hitch pin, and finally hook it up. After it is finally hooked up, you then
have to find another
ideal angle to get the latch to close.
Simplifying with Quick Links
To simplify this process, I got some twist locking Quick Link connectors and attached them to the
tow vehicle loops. This
gives more room to attach the safety chains and saves lots of fiddling when hitching or unhitching.
It speeds up the
process - I can even easily do it with one hand while using
my other hand to raise or lower the power jack (I have to hold the power jack button). Sometimes
my wife helps to
hitch or unhitch the trailer, and she is much happier now that we have the Quick Links.
Finding Quick Links
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I hope these Quick Links simplify and speed up your trailer hitching process.
What other hints do you have for hitching up a trailer?