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Old 10-20-2009, 03:01 PM   #1
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Clevis Slip Hooks vs Quick Links

Has anyone replaced these



with these?



I have to undo four not-so-quick-links to unhook the toad and it looks like the slip hooks would be much quicker.

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Old 10-20-2009, 04:51 PM   #2
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My 10,000# Blue Ox safety cables have the clevis hooks and they work quite well.
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:49 PM   #3
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My cables have "S" hooks .. I'd much rather have clevis hooks or other hooks that attach in such a way I don't have to worry about 'em coming loose as I drive.. The rubber locks on the S-hooks,, I do not trust.
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I've got the same cables as Dirk and I like the hooks they have. Easy to use and quite secure, IMHO.

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Thanks, guys. I think I'll go ahead and install the clevis hooks.
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Clevis hooks are the only way to go in my opinion.
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Seems I recall seeing tow cables (7k or 10k???) that come with quick links on one end the permanent atttachment to the RV, and clevis hooks on the other. I've been curious how well they would work ...ie, if they are so big as to cause a problem hooking/unhooking.

I realized months after I bought my 10k tow bar that they sold me 5k safety cables ...guess they figured 5+5 is 10 ??? Since my current toad is just over 4k I haven't replaced them, but have considered it. One of the 5k cables is slightly damaged from being pinched, so might be the time one of these days...
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My 10K# cables are not particularly difficult to wrangle.

However, the clevis hooks are rated at 1 1/2 tons.

Must be some more of that "new math".
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. I dislike the safety snap on a clevis hook, it seems like it always pinches the end of the index finger of my gloves.Have you thought of carabiners?



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This D shaped Ĺ inch steel is rated for 65kN. I use carabiners a lot in rigging they are easy to open wearing gloves.
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Re Safety cables... One of the questions I, and I'm sure many others have is "If the hitch fails will the cables hold?"

Well.... On my first major trip of 4,000 miles,, I got my answer

yes, they will

Or to be more precise

Yes, they did
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I can tell You that those S Hooks which so many of Us use are pretty strong!

That said I was working for a Towing Company and recovered a Boat/Trailer from a Very Deep Ditch,that had actually straightened the one side of the S Hooks enough to allow the Trailer to break free from the Pickup that was towing it! The Owner had forgotten to check the tightness of the Ball resulting in It coming apart.The 28 foot Boat and trailer Flipped Over into the ditch. The Truck remained on the Pavement.

The Safety Chains were Very Heavy Duty as were the S Hooks. I doubt that any Cast Metal clevis Hook would have held any better.

In My opinion the Quick Links are Still the Best choice, provided that They are Well maintained and tightened properly. However in this particular accident the Truck might have been dragged into the Ditch and the Driver and Passengers could easily have had serious injuries or worse!
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My 10K# cables are not particularly difficult to wrangle.

However, the clevis hooks are rated at 1 1/2 tons.

Must be some more of that "new math".
The 10K lb cables don't have to lift 10K lb (5K lb each). They have to hold onto a rolling load weighing 10K lb.
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The 10K lb cables don't have to lift 10K lb (5K lb each). They have to hold onto a rolling load weighing 10K lb.
Yes, I'm aware of that, but I wonder how much force a 6K# toad could apply if the towbar failed and the breakaway applied the toad's brakes?
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