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Old 01-12-2018, 09:38 PM   #29
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It looks to me like the illustration is missing a couple of big beefy D rings the chains are looped through before being attached to themselves again.

The problem with some technical writing is the writer or illustrator either has no clue what they are writing about but write or draw with great mastery, or know what they are writing about but write or draw terribly.
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I was looking at the picture Old Biscuit posted and noticed that the chains appear to be attached to the torsion bars of the WD hitch. I have not seen this before and looks to me like the chains should be attached to the frame of the trailer. As for the Cradle deal if the chains are attached far enough back on the trailer and crossed then the coupler might be cradled if it came off the ball. I would also point out if a WD hitch is being used and the coupler comes off the ball where is it going with reference to the torsion bars. I had one incident with a trailer where I hit 3 deer veered off to the right over a culvert causing the, believe it or not bull dog hitch to come off the ball with out being opened. The chains kept the disconnect for working and as I slowed down the trailer back into the rear of the truck destroying the rear end. One time I wish there were not chains attached.http://www.irv2.com/forums/images/smilies/dance.gif

IF you zoom in you will see that the chains are attached to each side of trailer A-Frame via welded hoops

AS for your trailer damaging back of YOUR truck.......safety chains did what they were suppose to do----kept trailer 'attached' to tow vehicle

Doing so..........those folks traveling behind you or going in the opposite direction were not having to dodge a running wild loose trailer

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IF you zoom in you will see that the chains are attached to each side of trailer A-Frame via welded hoops

AS for your trailer damaging back of YOUR truck.......safety chains did what they were suppose to do----kept trailer 'attached' to tow vehicle

Doing so..........those folks traveling behind you or going in the opposite direction were not having to dodge a running wild loose trailer

Yes you are correct and the damage was just short of 4,000 and if the chains did not hold the brake away would have stopped the trailer.
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Yes you are correct and the damage was just short of 4,000 and if the chains did not hold the brake away would have stopped the trailer.
The break away would have applied the brakes BUT the chains kept it behind you, instead of slamming head on to any oncoming vehicles, steering itself off road into people or causing property damage to OTHERS.
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Yes you are correct and the damage was just short of 4,000 and if the chains did not hold the brake away would have stopped the trailer.
Yes the Emergency Break Away Switch pin would have been pulled out activating the trailer brakes which would stop the trailer 'Eventually' somewhere ----side of road, middle of road, in opposing lane ???

Safety chains keep trailer with the tow vehicle and the Emergency Brake Away Cable SHOULD have PULLED pin out of switch so that brakes come on WITH trailer still connected via the safety chains

The idea is for safety chains to kept trailer with the tow vehicle and the trailer brakes help stop it---which should also help keep it from slamming into back of your truck

Your safety chains are too short OR your Emergency Break Away Cable is too long........suspect cable is too long
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