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Old 05-04-2014, 05:14 PM   #1
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Safety chains on 5er

Do the newer fifth wheels have safety chains? My old one does not. No break away either. Its a 1978. I have the goose neck adapter on it. Its heavy enough I doubt it would come unhooked but you never know. We have 2 other goose neck trailers. One flat bed and one stock trailer. Both are newer and both have safety chains and break away. Im jsut wondering about the legality of pulling it. If it is old enough am I grandfathered in. Like my 54 chevy with no seat belts. I cant get a ticket for not wearing one because the vehicle never had them.
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No. The 5th wheel is considered part of the vehicle, therefore no chains required.
Gooseneck and bumper mount are both balls, so chains.
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Old 05-04-2014, 06:03 PM   #3
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Ok thanks. Im not going to worry about it then.
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Old 05-04-2014, 06:17 PM   #4
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You asked about 5th wheel then said it has a gooseneck adapter on it. Which do you want to know about?

A 5th wheel does not need chains. A Gooseneck does. I have the $152 canceled check I paid the fine with to prove it!
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Old 05-04-2014, 06:24 PM   #5
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It is a 5th wheel camper with the Goose neck adapter. I thought it should have chains but it don't.
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Old 05-04-2014, 06:59 PM   #6
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I have the goose neck adapter on it.
Then it's not a fifth wheel, it's a gooseneck. And gooseneck hitches as well as gooseneck adapters require safety chains and breakaway switches. Whoever sold you the adapter should have warned you about that.
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They should have also warned about the extra stress a gooseneck adapter puts on the 5th wheel pin area.
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I bought the camper at a farm auction It had the adapter on it already.
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:38 PM   #9
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I bought the camper at a farm auction It had the adapter on it already.
That won't be a good enough excuse when Officer Bob notices you are not correctly hooked up.

It probably won't matter as long as you aren't involved in an accident with the trailer tied on. But if you are involved in an accident where someone gets hurt, then bend over and kiss ole hiney goodby.

Or if the trailer somehow gets disconnected from the pickup at highway speed, and you don't have safety chains and breakaway switch properly installed, then you're in a world of hurt.

Safety. First!
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A court battle is more costly than a set of chains. I have the Andersen Ultimate 5th wheel which is technically a 5th wheel hitch with a ball, when I'm at home in Alberta I'm legal but not so elsewhere, so better safe than sorry.
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Well looks like I have some work to do.
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If it connects to your vehicle with a ball you need chains.
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SOME states do not require safety chains for goose necks. Some do.
I know that Texas does not last I checked about a year ago.

Commercial is a different story, but that's another forum.
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SOME states do not require safety chains

I know that Texas does not last I checked about a year ago.

Texas does! I got the ticket to prove it!
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