RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Travel Trailers: safety chains

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Help and Support  |  Contact

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Travel Trailers

Open Roads Forum  >  Travel Trailers

 > safety chains

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Prev  |  Next
Sponsored By:
LarryJM

NoVa

Senior Member

Joined: 11/09/2007

View Profile



Posted: 02/12/12 06:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

anaro wrote:

Chains need to be crossed. The theory is the criss cross will catch the hitch if it pops of the truck. It is law in many states to cross the chains.


Also, IMO more importantly proper length chains when crossed will at least provide a "SKID AREA" and not allow the front of the tongue to catch on the pavement. Also, it's important to understand this is an "EMERGENCY SITUATION" that should last only a few seconds (maybe 10 or less) until your speed is "WAY DOWN".

Larry


2001 standard box 7.3L E-350 PSD Van with 4.10 rear and 2007 Holiday Rambler Aluma-Lite 8306S Been RV'ing since 1974.
RAINKAP INSTALL////ETERNABOND INSTALL


Bmach

Spfld, Ma

Senior Member

Joined: 08/26/2004

View Profile



Posted: 02/12/12 06:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If the chains are properly sized they will not let the tongue hit even if not crossed. Now what about trailers that have the chains attached at a point right in the middle, how do you cross them?





lanerd

Ridgecrest, CA

Senior Member

Joined: 03/03/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Online
Posted: 02/12/12 06:38pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That was the case with my Coachmen TT. Both chains were attached to the same point on the bottom of the trailer's tongue.

In your case, crossing them would not provide a detrimental effect to your WD hitch. So why not cross them?

Ron


Ron & Sandie
2013 Tiffin Phaeton 42LH Cummins ILS 400hp
Toad: 2011 GMC Terrain SLT2
Tow Bar: Sterling AT
Toad Brakes: Unified U.S. Gear
TPMS: Pressure Pro
Member of: GS, FMCA, Allegro


RETIRED!! How sweet it is....

Old-Biscuit

Verde Valley

Senior Member

Joined: 06/20/2009

View Profile



Posted: 02/12/12 06:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So what do you think.........was your shop guy aware of something, ignorant or stupid?

Knowing that laws/requirements haven't changed I'm hoping he was just ignorant:
Ignorant=lack of knowledge and can become informed
Stupid.......something that can't be fixed

Mkos1980

Macedonia Ohio

Senior Member

Joined: 10/17/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/12/12 07:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My chains come from the same point. So in theory theres no way to cross them.


2003 Springdale 269RLLS TT
1990 Chaparral 2150SX 350 MAG
2006 Chevrolet 2500HD 6.0
1989 Pontiac Formula 350 "LSX"

LarryJM

NoVa

Senior Member

Joined: 11/09/2007

View Profile



Posted: 02/12/12 08:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mkos1980 wrote:

My chains come from the same point. So in theory theres no way to cross them.


IMO then you need to study the issue a little better since a common "V" type common attachment point is the best configuration IMO. The worst configuration are attachment points spread apart since that can cause side to side forces that will not keep the trailer centered behind the TV and is more likely to wreck both you and your trailer in a disconnect scenario.

I have studied and made many, many posts on this issue and if you want my views and reasons for those which I feel are valid and to my knowledge have never been shown to be inaccurate, do a search on "safety chains" or "crossed" with my username and read what I and others like I think BarneyS have posted on this extremely important safety issue.

Sorry, but this and the "breakaway cable" activation issue are two of my pet peeves where folks often post w/o really studying or understanding the real issues and what is trying to be addressed "safety wise"

Larry

* This post was edited 02/12/12 08:45pm by LarryJM *

Ole Man Dan

Gadsden, Alabama

Senior Member

Joined: 03/26/2010

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 02/12/12 08:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some chains are welded in such a manner that crossing chains yields little benefit. DO IT ANYWAY Most are welded correctly...
Why take a chance.

Several years ago I had an old 71 SCAMP that came off the ball in town.
The chains caught it. If they hadn't been crossed the trailer would have hit the pavement.
It didn't... (No damage...)

I can't imagine towing a large trailer without taking every precaution.

IMHO: The RV guy with the bad advice probably is either a new guy, or
someone who should know better...

Francesca Knowles

Port Hadlock, Washington

Senior Member

Joined: 02/23/2011

View Profile



Posted: 02/12/12 09:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

lanerd wrote:

Both chains were attached to the same point on the bottom of the trailer's tongue.
?

Ron


Now, THAT'S good manufacturing, in my opinion.

Sounds to me like the builder set your safety chains up so they'd form the "safety cradle" whether the user crossed them or not!


" Not every mind that wanders is lost. " With apologies to J.R.R. Tolkien

JJBIRISH

Butler, PA, USA

Senior Member

Joined: 10/06/2002

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 02/12/12 09:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have read opinions that is does no good…

I have read opinions that it does little good…

but

I have yet to hear a good argument for not crossing them…

I have yet to hear or read anyone that studies these things ever recommend not to cross them…

The fact is both chains need hooked up anyway… really how much effort is required to do it the right way even if you believe it wouldn’t matter…


Love my mass produced, entry level, built by Lazy American Workers, Hornet


gijoecam

Midwest

Senior Member

Joined: 07/22/2011

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 02/13/12 08:32am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The reality is that the law as-written in most states requires they be crossed. It does not take into account the newer designs that utilize a single-point connection at the trailer end. While that setup makes sense from a functional and assembly standpoint, I've often wondered how one would go about replacing or adjusting the length of those chains to suit the particular rig. When it comes to safety chains, one size does not necessarily fit all.

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 3  
Prev  |  Next

Open Roads Forum  >  Travel Trailers

 > safety chains
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Travel Trailers


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2014 RV.Net | Terms & Conditions | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS