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Safety Chains On Trailer...Good OR Bad

Allright, it will be interesting to see everyone's comments and thoughts on this.

SAFETY CHAINS.........GOOD OR BAD???

Dont know about everyone else, but if I have a loaded trailer come loose, I'm not too sure I really want THAT chained to my truck.

I know, its for everyone else's safety on the road....BUT, would you rather see 1 vehicle outta control, or 2 outta control................

Feel free to explain your choice, or ad your 2 cents worth in the thread......



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Oh man, i would rather go down with my load and try and steer it to safety then even think a bought it getting away and taking someones life. Most states it is no questions asked REQUIRED




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I wouldn't want to be responsible for injuring someone else if it could be avoided....
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IIRC safety chains are state AND federal laws. IMO, If your equipment is in proper working you should never truly need the chains.

All that said... you are responsible for the safety of others as well as yourself.

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In May 2007, a small trailer became unhitched from the Lincoln Navigator towing it on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The trailer flew backwards, causing a seven-vehicle crash that killed three people. The Navigator had hitch safety chains, but investigators said they weren't installed properly and that the trailer didn't have a safety pin [source: McCaffrey].

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I won't even drag a trailer without having safety chains. Too much liablilty, and I risk losing my CDL if something does happen.

Like has been said, if all other equipment is in proper working order, you will never need them. Trailers are some of the most neglected vehicles in the world. Mine sees as much or more care and attention than my truck.

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i always have the kept the safety chains hooked up good when im pulling a trailer. tho i was told by an old trucker friend to not have them hooked up too good. he said if it comes loose its better to let it break free from you so that it doesnt take you with it.

either way, i voted to have the chains.


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i vote CHAINS & safety brake (wire) !

im confused how a trailer coming loose will take ME out...i would
expect the tongue to hit the ground and IMMEDIATELY have so much
drag that i could coast it down & get it to the side of the road.

unless its in a highspeed turn i dont see the trailer coming past me or
spinning me around !

hit the TRUCK brakes too hard and SURE the trailer could run up under
ya...but what idiot would do that ?

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I would never pull a trailer without chains. Twice, I have had them used. Once was a pintel hitch lowboy that the eye of the pintel broke with a JD310 backhoe on the trailer behind a 10 ton dump truck.

The other time a worker at a rental company hooked a trailer to my truck and neglected to tighten the coupler. They said they had to hook it up for liability reasons.

Both times the chains avoided what could have been much, much woorse.

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too many times i see folks towing that havent crossed the chains (which can CATCH
the tongue if it comes loose)...and even worse i see folks towing where the safety
chains are DRAGGING (abrading & weakening the chains).

twist the chains to keep 'em off the ground & prevent dragging !

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