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Old 05-04-2016, 10:44 AM   #15
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i can't believe my dealer sent me away with a 2 inch shank... ... they had to order a second blue ox shank anyway because the stock one didn't have enough holes to get the ball low enough due to my truck bed height. So when they ordered that taller hitch, you'da thunk they would have ordered it in a 2.5 inch shank at the same time.... go figure.

Maybe I just need longer chains... and extra two links would give me the reach to get to the bottom and through the back.

I hate the adapter, it's a real pain to get everything lined up while you're holding a gazzilion pound hitch..

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Old 05-04-2016, 11:03 AM   #16
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It is, and that is why I stopped removing it. I have a hitch lock that doesn't get in the way, and when I drop the trailer, I put a plastic shopping over it to remind me not to hit it with my knee, and to keep my clothes cleaner.

But I full time, so hitching to go in the very near future is a real possibility, and leaving the hitch on the truck makes that easier.

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I have an F-150 and I had a hard time getting the hooks thru the safety chain holes in the hitch receiver. I went to Home Depot and bought two 3500 lb rated links. Now I just clip the safety chains on the links. Works great.

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Old 05-04-2016, 02:45 PM   #18
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Might I suggest that the load bearing ability of something like a quick link, and its ability to take a great deal of shock, may be two very different things. If it were me, I'd get quick links that could carry much more weight than I believe they would be forced to carry just to be safe, as long as their size allowed me to use them of course.

For example, I have a 6K pound trailer. I would try to get two 6K pound quick links, as long as their size would allow me to use them on my safety chains and attachment holes on my hitch.

ETA: It appears there are 7,500 pound 1/2 inch quick links avialable from eTtrailer.com, so they are out there.

The odds are in my favor that I will never need them, but if I ever do, ...

I'm am *not* a big fan of surprises.
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they would have to be large enough to go around my opening... these might be, I'll measure..

but I was thinking about something like this.

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Get the shackle at 9500 lbs each and will with stand heavy shock loads from a heavy bumper pull trailer...when its needed.

Those 1/2" quick links are only 3300 lb rated = 6600 lbs per pair. Might be good for lighter weight trailers.

On all of my GN/pintle/bumper pull trailer I use safety latch hooks. 3/8 Clevis Slip Hook - Grade 70

They fit all size of chains and come in grade 43/70/80. I find them at Lowes/farm and ranch stores/trailers parts supply stores.

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