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I am having issues with connecting and disconnecting the safety chain hooks to the hitch mount of my 2016 F150 truck. It is very difficult to get just the proper angle to get them hooked. The gauge of the steel of the hitch mount holes, the size of the holes and the thickness of the hooks makes this very difficult. Has anyone else had a similar issue? Is there some type of fix that is safe to make connecting and disconnecting the safety chains easier?


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Get the angle right and they will slip right on. My wife was fighting with them, until I showed her how to align the hook to the slot... she's a pro now

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I had the same issue and just got larger size hooks for the safety chains. Got them from one of the box DIY stores..

Sure, they are made in China.... But, they clip on and clip off a lot easier than the ones that came with the trailer so works for me.

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I'll chime in here, I have the same issue with my 2016 F150. I ended up getting caribiners to add to the end of my chain link and use them to attach to the truck. I think they are 7/16" diameter so it's tensile strength is plenty high. They still require a little rotation and twisting but it's better than the safety chain hooks. Also they added just enough length. I think I bought them at Lowe's but maybe got them from Amazon.

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The chain and hook department of your local hardware store can solve your problem.

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Have you tried putting the hooks thru from the bottom of the plate? My hooks, with wire retainers, on my utility trailer are difficult to hook to my F350 from the top. But easily go in from the bottom.

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Took me a couple of times to learn the proper angle. Now, they go on just fine. Lie down and watch them from underneath while hooking them up and you will learn the proper angle. Once you have that mastered, you won't need to like down anymore to get them hooked.


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I changed the hooks on mine. They should be easy to change out. Just make sure the ones you get are rated for more than you need!


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buy 2 Threaded carabiners/link extensions from you local Hardware store


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[emoticon]Hi, as already mentioned, hook from the bottom.


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