Safety chains are one of the simplest fail safes and they have been a standby to help prevent accidents for a long time. Here are a few things you need to know about safety chains to choose the best chains for your trailer.
What are Trailer Safety Chains?
Also known as hitch chains, safety chains for trailers are designed to be a fail safe should your trailer ever become unhooked while on the road. The last thing you want as a trailer owner is for your trailer to detach and go careening out of control. A trailer safety chain is needed to prevent this from occurring.
Trailer safety chains are typically simple in nature. They are strong forged chains with S-hooks that hook up both to your trailer and the vehicle you choose to tow with. Trailer safety chains are ideally meant to catch the trailer should it pop off of your mount and hold onto it until you are able to pull over.
Types of Trailer Safety Chains
The majority of trailers have a safety chain designed specifically for that trailer. If the chain somehow becomes lost, damaged or you are purchasing a trailer without one, it is crucial to find one before you ever hit the road.
The user manual for your trailer should have specifics on what type of chain is recommended for safe travel. If it doesn’t, you can either contact the manufacturer or stop into a trailer store to make sure you have a chain that is best suited to your trailer. Safety chains need to be able to handle the full weight of the trailer in case it pops off so be sure your chain is strong enough.
Using Trailer Safety Chains
Using a safety chain should be a breeze if you have the right chain. Both the hitch on the tow vehicle and the trailer will have small holes or slots that are meant for the safety chain to hook onto. One S-hook should be hooked onto the trailer hitch and then hooked to the opposite on the trailer itself and do the same with your other chain.
The most important aspect of using a trailer safety chain is hooking to the opposite side. The crossing over of chains is what makes a receiver catch the trailer should it ever become dismounted. The receiver will fall through the gap should the trailer become detached if the chains are hooked up parallel to each other. In short, the trailer safety chains should always be crossed.
These are just a few important things to know about safety chains for trailers. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Gooseneck Trailers with the link below!