How To Install Safety Chains On A Trailer – Step By Step Guide

How to install safety chains on a trailer? That’s a simple question without a single answer. Don’t you hate when your problem’s answer starts with “it depends”? unfortunately, it does depend on many other things such as trailer weight, and construction type. Moreover, it also depends on your priorities & biases.

However, there are also some things that you should avoid while installing safety chains on the trailer. So, without wasting any time, let’s dig into the details.

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Why safety chains are important?

Before, heading toward our main topic – first, let’s talk about why safety chairs are important for trailers. One is because it’s the law and another reason is it’s a part of being responsible when towing. And last but not the least, to save your own life.

The point of asking why safety chairs are essential for trailers is to make sure as we attach them, we don’t thwart the reasons for having them in the first place.

If the reason for having safety chains is to keep the trailer connected in the rare event a hitch disengages, then attaching will them will definitely do the job if we need it. And fortunately, that is the main purpose of this article.

How To Install Safety Chains on a Trailer

We know, that safety chains pop up a lot in your blogs because they are glue. The main purpose of trailer safety chains is to maintain a strong connection between your trailer and your two-vehicle.

Safety chains are important in connecting your trailer to your tow vehicle. These are the first lines of defence in case anything causes a sudden disconnection. If your ball or coupler fails, then your safety chains will allow you to guide your trailer while easing your way.

You are required to have two safety chains to tow your trailer and then connect to their own chain retainers. Below, we have discussed a step by step procedure for how to install safety chains on a trailer.

  • First, start by crossing the safety chains underneath the hitch & coupler with enough slack to allow turning. You can also hold the tongue up if the trailer comes loose.
  • Now, connect & fasten the safety chains to tow your vehicle.
  • Always make sure that the safety chains are fully secure before moving your both trailer and tow vehicle.
  • Lastly, before taking a ride – check the safety chains for any wear & tear, and replace them it needed.

Safety chains for the trailer are a simple concept with a huge impact on the safety of your tow vehicle and towing journey.

Things You Should Avoid While Installing Safety Chairs

  • Letting safety chains drag on the ground.
  • Fastening the chains to any part of the hitch, unless specified.
  • Connecting the breakaway lanyard to the safety chain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bolt safety chains to a trailer?

The safety chains must be permanently attached to the trailer. However, the chain must not be welded to the drawbar. Instead, it can be attached to a plate that is welded to the drawbar.

Do you cross safety chains on the trailer?

When connecting safety chains to a vehicle, always cross the chains. Crossing the safety chains aids in turning the trailer by reducing the portability of the stress. This also acts as a cradle in the event of separation from the tow vehicle.

What size of chain is best for the trailer?

Safety chain requirements state the breaking strength of each chain, not the working load limit. It should be equal to or exceed the gross trailer weight. A 5,000-pound trailer needs safety that has a break strength of at least 5,000.

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