Originally Posted by Gary RVRoamer
True enough, but this is just an emergency "breakaway" thing and not the primary or even secondary tie-down. The purpose is a last resort before the car goes bouncing down the road on its own, so a bent suspension or axle is a minor consideration at that point. The instructions for my Master Tow dolly stipulate that several inches of slack be left in the safety chain.
I am really liking the covered cables idea from this thread
Will be looking into that.
And, I totally understand why someone would not want to add anything (like a safety chain hook-up) to the car for dolly towing...heck, no mods to the car is one of the big reasons dolly towing is better than flat-towing.
So...I will volunteer that the safety chains saved our car once...and (Thank Goodness) no damage occurred to the car...if it happened to me it could happen to anyone.
One tire strap came lose at the winch (totally operator error). The car slipped back on the dolly resting on the safety chain, bouncing down the road.
The car flew down the road unstrapped for good long time, until I noticed an odd angle of the car and dolly in the rear camera...stopped and re-strapped.
If the safety chain had been looped on a front suspension piece, I believe major repair would have been required. But since the safety chain was hooked on the frame, it only required a hit of black rattle can paint to cover the scratch marks.
Safe dolly travels