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Old 11-04-2013, 04:03 PM   #1
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I had a friend instruct me to wrap the coiled safety cables around the arms of my towbar to keep them from rubbing on the ground. However, the Blue Ox video says to run them under the towbar. Based on your experience, what is the best way to run the cables?
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:14 PM   #2
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I run my cables under the towbar and cross them. If they are the correct length they should not rub on the ground. Wrapping them around the bar would be a very bad idea in my opinion.
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State towing info here in WA says to cross them under the towbars. Theory is that if the bars break the cables will catch the towbars and keep them from digging in and catapulting the towed.
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I run my cables under the towbar and cross them. If they are the correct length they should not rub on the ground. Wrapping them around the bar would be a very bad idea in my opinion.
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I crisscross them under the tow bar to support it if it breaks loose. I then loop it around the arm a couple of times to keep it from dragging. My toad is only 4 in. off the road and they would drag if I tried to hook up without looping around tow arms. I guess you could run it straight across if you have clearance, or use bungee cords to hold it up. I am careful to make sure the loops are well beyond the locking levers so they don't get held in the unlock position.
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I crisscross them under the tow bar to support it if it breaks loose. I then loop it around the arm a couple of times to keep it from dragging. My toad is only 4 in. off the road and they would drag if I tried to hook up without looping around tow arms. I guess you could run it straight across if you have clearance, or use bungee cords to hold it up. I am careful to make sure the loops are well beyond the locking levers so they don't get held in the unlock position.
I'd get shorter cables or use a bungee.

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When we were towing a dinghy, I crossed the cables and then use bungee cords to hold them up closer to the tow bar arms.

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i use coiled safety cables they never touch the floor.
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I wrap mine around the tow bar twice. They were installed that way originally so I have just continued to do the same.
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If coiled cables hanging low - rotate hook several times before connecting.
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I have coil safety cables. I run mine under the towbar (crossed) and use large Zip ties with large loops as a channel to hold mine up. In the event of something catastrophic, the Zip ties would break away and the cables would act as intended.

This method should work for your chains as well. You could use the Zip ties in large loops around the towbar and through the link in a few locations.
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I cross mine under the bar as well. The coiled cables do not drag the ground.
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I had a friend instruct me to wrap the coiled safety cables around the arms of my towbar to keep them from rubbing on the ground. However, the Blue Ox video says to run them under the towbar. Based on your experience, what is the best way to run the cables?
I guess that would depend. Is your friend more qualified than the engineers at Blue Ox?

For the record, I cross mine beneath. If yours drag, then your cables are too long.
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IMHO the cables only get used in the case of a catastrophic failure of the tow bar, or other parts of the system. At that point I want the two 5,000 lb. rated cables to keep things together until I stop. The tow bar is rated for 5,000 lbs, the toad weighs 2,900 lbs. I use coiled Blue Ox safety cables and the one time I didn't wrap them one scraped on the roadway and I replaced it with a spare I happened to have. I'll continue to wrap them unless someone can explain why it's such a terrible thing.
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