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Old 04-07-2019, 08:57 PM   #1
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Unhappy Safety chains

I'm finding it quite tedious to attach my safety chains to my 2019 F250. The hooks just won't fit. I've tried 2 trailers.

The receiver hitch has 2 horizontal slots that are about a half inch wide.

Am I missing a Ford part?

I'm thinking a heavy clevis, or a forged eye with a stud that I can bolt on with a plate washer.

Has anyone else found a solution?
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Old 04-07-2019, 09:03 PM   #2
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I use a heavy clevis on each side. There’s no way the hooks on the chains are fitting through the eye holes on my receiver.
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Old 04-07-2019, 10:26 PM   #3
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A couple of these 5/8 4 ton WLL enable easy hooking up the clevises for what I need to pull https://www.amazon.com/iztor-Isolato.../dp/B077MHFQ3L
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I installed Quick links in the slots and hook to them.
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I use what TyCreek uses along with a safety run through the hole to keep the pin from backing out, parts obtained at Tractor Supply
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guten_tag likewise, I use a wrap through those holes and cinch the shackles so that they don't rattle when empty. It also helps a little to keep them from walking off.
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I have a 2016 F250 and mine fit through the hitch.
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I have a 2016 F250 and mine fit through the hitch.
Of course they do ... but just one year later and you'd be commiserating with those of us facing the new hitch design.
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Thanks to all.

A quick trip to TS this am and we are good to go.
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Thanks to all.

A quick trip to TS this am and we are good to go.
For future reference:
Iím not sure what the weight rating was of your choice at Tractor Supply. Two years ago when I installed the Blue Ox I had a distance issue on my hitch to the safety chains. I installed Safety Links I needed two on one side to secure the break away cable as well. They are rated at 10k.
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After I bought my 2017 F250 I called the dealer and told them my safety chain hooks would not fit and did they have an aftermarket solution. They never heard of anyone having this problem! I went online figuring someone must have solved this issue. I couldnít find anything that worked and still had a decent weight rating. I finally found clevis hooks from Curt (81288) on Amazon. If you start them on an angle from the backside of the opening in the receiver they will fit. Although my wife still canít figure the correct angle. Drives her crazy!
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Yes, the chain hooks ORV use are larger than what I had on both of my Aerolite trailers in the past. My Tundra has enough room to snap them on. I do use a chevis for the break a way cable.

Ken, watch when you lower you tongue jack as the break a way cable likes to get caught in the pin on the lower section of the tongue jack. Seems, at least for my ORV the cable is not overly long. I only have enough cable to wind it thru the chain once before I hook it to the receiver area.
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