I got a length of 5400 lb chain that I'll thread through both holes where the safties usually connect, then will connect them to the ends. The quick links I found were only good to 1000 lbs each.
I am safety conscious and am happy with this solution.
Thanks Tspecs, I will look for them at Lowe's.
Thanks also Gdetrailer for the quick link info. - I know they're required, hence why I'm trying to get them fixed so they work, but I appreciate the lecture anyway :)
My trailer has the Dexter EZ flex suspension but it seems like the leaf springs are squeaky. As I'm driving it's become quite noisy - always was noiser than others when driving around the CG but now (in the last month, since I moved to a more humid province) I can even hear it when motoring on the Hwy at 110 kms/hour if the wind is right (not super loud, but I hear it now and then). Went on a bumpy Saskatchewan park road last weekend and it was for sure the leaf springs etc. It makes everyonbe stop and stare!! Whats best to lube these guys with?
I have a related-ish question.
I just upgraded my TV from 1996 4Runner to a 2013 F-150. The links where the safety chains connect to on the TV are a few inches ahead of where the pin holds the hitch into the receiver (on the 4Runner they were right next to the pin holes). As such, my chains are both about 4" too short. I'd prefer not to replace them off the trailer as I suspect they're welded on...
What if I ge ta 12-18" length of similar gauge chain and thread it through the two holes (and around the top of the receiver) where the chains normally clip, then clip the chains off the trailer to this length of chain?
I have a WD hitch and use a locking pin etc on the hitch so chances of actually needing this, like most, are slim but don't want to do it totally wrong. On the first trip out weith the new truck the safety chains were wrapped around the A frame, so this would be better than that! I don't want to make this an expensive job where I gotta haul the trailer to RV shop etc. for replacements so trying to keep it easy and simple....
I am solo everytime out - usually meeting people once there. Like others who've replied, the dang dog is NO help!
I have some telescoping markers/lights with magnetic ends - one sticks to the ball, one to the hitch. Line them up in the rear-view and you're hooked up! Got them at Princess Auto and they work very well. If someone is around, I actually prefer to use the markers than have someone with weird commands trying to help me hook-up.