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Old 09-27-2016, 09:32 AM   #1
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Chains vs cables

When put new chains on my TT after buying it this year. Then a couple months later I bought a weight distribution hitch. Now my chains are to short, I was looking on Amazon for some longer chains and I ran across some cables for curt and Reese. Does anyone have any experience with the cable?
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Old 09-27-2016, 09:39 AM   #2
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I replaced chain w/cables on a popup recently. It was easy to find them for lighter trailers. Loved the ease of use on cables vs chains.

Finding a cost effective cable set to replace my chains on a 10k lb trailer is a challenge.
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Old 09-27-2016, 09:59 AM   #3
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The cables I found say they are rated for 5000lbs I believe my TT is 3500 dry
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Old 09-30-2016, 07:21 PM   #4
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I am curious. Most of the states I go through state that you must have safety chain. How would they be look at replacing with cables wouldn't even be legal. Do you know
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I Googled this

(5) Except as provided in paragraph (d)(6) of this section, if the safety device consists of safety chains or cables, the towed vehicle must be equipped with either two safety chains or cables or with a bridle arrangement of a single chain or cable attached to its frame or axle at two points as far apart as the configuration of the frame or axle permits. The safety chains or cables shall be either two separate pieces, each equipped with a hook or other means for attachment to the towing vehicle, or a single piece leading along each side of the tow-bar from the two points of attachment on the towed vehicle and arranged into a bridle with a single means of attachment to be connected to the towing vehicle. When a single length of cable is used, a thimble and twin-base cable clamps shall be used to form the forward bridle eye. The hook or other means of attachment to the towing vehicle shall be secured to the chains or cables in a fixed position.
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Thanks. I've learned something.
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My 5k# boat has cables integrated to the trailer. I just assumed they were equivalent to chains from a legal perspective. Definitely easier to use.
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