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  • Determining the Correct Length for Safety Chains
  • There is no perfect calculation for safety chain length since it all depends on the setup you have. Safety chains should be crossed when attached, and also short enough to keep your coupler off of the ground should your trailer disconnect. They also need to have enough slack to allow for sharp turns. Since the greatest length will be from the safety chain attachment point to the connection on your vehicle during a sharp turn, this distance is what you need to measure. Attach your trailer...
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  • Safety Chain Clevis Hook that Can Fit Reese Elite Series Pop-In Ball Kit
  • You're going to want a bigger size like the 1/2 inch # FCHA0070324 that I attached a picture attaching to the safety chain loops of the # RP30140. This would be your best option plus it has more capacity as well.
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  • Safety Chain Setup for Gooseneck Trailer that Weighs 26,000 lbs When Loaded
  • Each of the chains of the # RP49151 are rated for 10,000 lbs for a combined capacity of 20,000 lbs. For the weight of your trailer when fully loaded you'd be better of with the part # 63451 which has a 26,400 lb PER chain capacity.
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  • Mounting Points For Buyers Products 3/8" Trailer Safety Chains
  • For the Buyers Products 3/8" x 35" Class 4 Trailer Safety Chain w/ Clevis Hook # 337B03835SC I recommend using either the Buyers Products Safety Chain Clip # 337SC38B or Buyers Products Weld-On Safety Chain Retainer For 3/8" Chain # 3375471001. These are specially designed to work with the 3/8" chain and ensure that it can handle the weight properly. While the weight rating for the Buyers Products Weld-On Safety Chain Retainer For 5/16" Chain # 3375471000 are the same 10,000lbs as the...
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  • Recommend Trailer Safety Chains for 2020 Ford F-250 with Large Safety Chain Loops
  • The safety chain loops on the 2020 Ford F-250s are rather large so you will need a larger clevis style hook to attach to them for which we have the Tow Ready Safety Chain Kit part # 49150 which measures 44" long each. We also have just the clevis hooks if you want to reuse your existing chains, the Titan Chain Clevis Hook part # TCSLIP-G70-10-L would work.
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  • What Parts do I Need to Flat-Tow My 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited?
  • We definitely have what you are looking for! When it comes to flat-towing your 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, you need to have need a base plate, a tow bar, safety cables, a tow braking system, and vehicle tow wiring. Since there are so many different types of front bumper options for 2014 Jeep Wranglers, I cannot determine what base plate you need. This is because different base plates are compatible with different bumpers. Also, with that being said, I cannot determine what tow...
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  • Titan Chain 1/4" Safety Chain Compatibility With Buyers Safety Chain Retainer # 3375471000
  • Yes, the chain link of the 30" Long Safety Chain with 1/4" S-Hook # TCTSCG30-730-03x1 will fit on the Buyers Products Weld-On Safety Chain Retainer # 3375471000. The fit was confirmed with both of these products in our warehouse.
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  • How to Tow 5th Wheel Trailer With 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500 That Has Gooseneck Hitch
  • Thank you for the information and we do have a solution for you to pull your 5th wheel trailer with the unique setup on your 2016 Chevy Silverado, though the only fifth wheel hitch that will fit your truck is not going to work due to not having enough clearance from the gooseneck ball to the tool box. So the only way for you to tow your Heartland 5th wheel with a Lippert 1621 pin box is by adding the Reese Goose Box 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Air Ride Coupler Adapter # RP94720. This...
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  • Recommended Safety Chain Cables For A 2022 Ford F-250 With A BW Hitch
  • When it comes to using safety chains on your 2022 Ford F-250 with a BW hitch The 40 inch Vinyl Coated Safety Cables with Clevis Hook (Qty. 2) by Dutton-Lainson, 6,500 pounds are confirmed to fit per the manufacturer. This kit includes a pair of 5/16 inch vinyl-coated cables with safety hooks at one end. These cables are to be used on trailers up to 6,500 pounds, the coil tension eliminates dragging and rattles. The cables extend up to 40 inches when straightened. I attached a review...
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  • Added Security of Safety Chains
  • I can't speak of the grade of material the locks would be made from relative to the hooks on the 48" Long Safety Chain, # TCTSCG30-748-04x2 that have been quality tested and approved for this application. Safety chains or cables are required by law and these items are constructed to meet/exceed a minimum standard. My suggestion is to install any item per the manufacturer directions, but if improved security is desired then please consider the Buyers Products 9/32" x 34" Class 2 Trailer...
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  • What Does It Mean When Chain is Described As Being 30 or 43 Proof
  • Using the term 'Proof' when describing chain is a descriptor of its weight rating and its construction. A grade 30 or 30 proof chain is for a general purpose application that doesn't require a great amount of strength. A grade 30 chain will have a working load limit from 1300-6900 lbs, and is constructed of low-strength carbon steel. A grade 43 or 43 proof chain would be the next strongest grade, constructed of carbon steel with a working load limit of 2600-13000 lbs which makes...
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  • Solution to Add 30,000-lbs Safety Chains to Gooseneck Trailer
  • I recommend using the Fulton Safety Chain with 1/2" Clevis Hook - 42" Long - 45,200 lbs - Qty 1 # FCHA0070324, which are our highest rated chains after a 26k rated chain. These don't include the bolts so they can keep the weight rating as high as possible, so you'll want to source mounting hardware from your local hardware store. I recommend getting the largest bolt that will fit your application and the highest grade you can get to retain as much of that capacity as possible. You should...
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  • Safety Chains to Use with a Reese Goose Box Adapter
  • Reese Safety Chain Kit with Clevis Hooks # RP49151 are indeed the recommended safety chains to use with the Reese Goose Box adapters.
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  • Basis for Weight Rating of Trailer Safety Chain
  • I'm not quite sure what you mean by "do you have a question" although I can tell you the information about the 10,000 lb max trailer weight rating of the Buyers Products 3/8" x 22" Class 4 Trailer Safety Chain w/ 1" Slip Hook - 30 Proof # 337B03822SC comes directly from the manufacturer. They are the ones who test their products and create the weight ratings.
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  • Correct Safety Chains for Gen-Y Hitch Shock Absorbing 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter Pin Box
  • The Tow Ready Safety Chain Kit with Clevis Hooks part # 49150 is what we recommend using with the Gen-Y Hitch Shock Absorbing 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter Pin Box part # GY36FR. The safety chains are not included.
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  • How Many S-Hooks on Titan Chain # TCTSCG30-760-04X2
  • The 60" Long Safety Chain with 1/4" S-Hook with Latch # TCTSCG30-760-04X2 is one safety chain with one S-hook that has a 1/4 inch diameter. The end link of the chain attaches to your trailer tongue so there is nothing on that other end.
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  • Recommended Safety Chains with 50 Inch or 25 Inch Length
  • We do have a 54 inch safety chain with the Buyers Products # 337B93254SC. This Class 2 safety chain has a maximum trailer weight capacity of 5,000 pounds, so using two of them would give you a combined limit of 10,000 pounds. It features easy-to-use quick links at each end for a secure connection. If you have a bit of excess you can simply loop them around each other to eliminate the slack. I have attached a short video demonstration on this product that you can also check out. If...
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  • How Long Is Each Chain in the Tow Ready Safety Chain Kit 49150
  • Yes, each chain that comes with the Tow Ready # 49150 is 42" long, and 44" in total length when you include the clevis hook in that measurement. These chains have a total capacity of 16000-lbs and are a zinc plated steel to help resist corrosion.
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  • Correct Size Safety Chain Diameter for Gen-Y Hitch Shock Absorbing 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Pin Box
  • The Tow Ready Safety Chain Kit part # 49150 are what we recommend for the Gen-Y Hitch Shock Absorbing 5th Wheel to Gooseneck Pin Box part # GY56FR. They are 5/16" diameter which is perfect but the max is 3/8" diameter. The Fulton chains you were looking at are 1/2" so they won't work.
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  • Can I use 20k Safety Chains with the Reese 16k Goosebox?
  • Because the bolts used to attach the chains to the pin box are different sizes on the 16k and 20k, the Reese 20k safety chains # RP49151 are not directly compatible with the 16k Goosebox. However, after speaking with my source at Reese, we determined that it won't be an issue if you just match the bolt sizes up with your Goosebox. The 16k chains # 49150 use a 1/2" diameter bolt and the 20k chains use a 9/16" bolt, so depending on the bolt hole size on your Goosebox (which is probably...
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  • Dimensions of the Links of the 18,800 lb Fulton Safety Chain FCHA0050324
  • The diameter of the links of the Safety Chain # FCHA0050324 that you referenced are 5/16 of an inch. I went out to our warehouse to measure the length and width of each link and found them to be 2 inches long and 1-1/8 inches wide.
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  • What is Weight Capacity of Tow Ready Safety Chain Kit # 49150
  • We don't rate the Fulton chains we offer like the part # FCHA0050324 that you mentioned. Fulton is who tested and rated the chains for 18,800 lbs. They are normally very conservative with how they rate their chains and towing products and we've yet to have any issues with that so I'd feel very confident in the 18.8k capacity.
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  • Recommended Safety Chains or Cables for 14k Horse Trailer.
  • I have a solution for you, but we don't have any cables that would be sufficient capacity for a horse trailer. Instead I recommend using the Buyers Products 3/8" x 35" Class 4 Trailer Safety Chain w/ 1 Clevis Hook - 43 Proof # 337BSC3835 which have a 15000-lbs capacity and are made from a high quality carbon steel that is zinc plated to help withstand corrosion. These chains come with a clevis hook on the end so they'll be easy to connect to your tow vehicle. You would need to purchase...
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  • How to Determine Safety Chain Weight Capacity
  • The safety chains need to exceed the loaded weight of the trailer not the axle capacity. If the loaded weight of your trailer is significantly under 3500 lbs then a 3500 lb safety chain is fine. I have attached a link to all of the safety chains that we carry for your reference.
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  • Can Bolt be Used to Attach Safety Chains to Trailer Frame
  • Yes, it is perfectly fine to use a bolt to attach the safety chains of your trailer. I would recommend taking the chains to your local hardware store and getting the largest diameter Grade 8 bolt that will fit into the chain links.
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  • Recommended Safety Chains For Trailer Weighing Up To 9000lbs
  • Since your trailer weighs around 2000lbs and can tow up to 7000lbs I recommend using two of the 30" Long Safety Chain with 7/16" S-Hook with Latch - 5,000 lbs - Qty 1 # TCTSCG30-730-04x1 which have a combined weight rating of 10000lbs which is plenty for your trailer. To secure them to the trailer I recommend using two of the Buyers Products Safety Chain Clip # 337SC44B which will get welded to the tongue of your trailer in a location that allows the safety chains to reach the safety...
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  • Is Buyers Products 43 Proof Chain Stronger than 30 Proof Chain
  • Yes, the Buyers Products 3/8" x 42" Trailer Safety Chain - 43 Proof # 337BSC3842 has a max gross trailer weight (GTW) rating of 15,000 lbs, so it's going to be stronger than part # 337B03835SC, which is a 3/8" x 35" safety chain - 30 Proof, rated at 10,000 lbs GTW.
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  • Recommended Hardware Compatible With Fulton Safety Chains # FCHA0070324
  • I'm sure the Fulton Safety Chain with 1/2" Clevis Hook - 42" Long - 45,200 lbs - Qty 1 # FCHA0070324 don't include the bolts so they can keep the weight rating as high as possible. I don't know how much it will decrease, but many people will use 1/2 inch bolts, washers, lock washers, and nut. I recommend getting the largest bolt that will fit your application and the highest grade you can get to retain as much of that capacity as possible. You will need to get that hardware from a local...
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  • Safety Chain Hooks Won't Fit Class V Trailer Hitch on a Chevy Silverado 3500HD
  • I have come across this issue before. What I recommended was to loop safety cables # RM-910648-12 through the hitch safety chain holes and hook the safety chains to the loops. The cables are rated for 8,000 pounds which is the highest for these short cables. There doesn't seem to be any hooks that will fit directly to the factory Class V hitch on your Chevy 3500.
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  • Safety Chains for Trailer With 10,000 lb GVWR
  • Your safety chains should have a maximum gross trailer weight rating, which is what you would need to go by to ensure they are properly rated for your 10,000 lb GVWR trailer. If they are then you can attach them to your Ford hitch; wrapping them around the hitch itself won't give them added strength. If you do need stronger chains I recommend taking a look at the Buyers Products 3/8" x 35" Class 4 Trailer Safety Chain w/ 1" Hook # 337B03835SC, which are made of carbon steel and have...
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  • How Long Should My Safety Chains Be?
  • This is a great question, and it really depends on your setup. If the safety chain loops on your tow vehicle are spaced far apart then you will need more slack to make a tight turn than if they were closer together. I recommend that you connect your trailer to your tow vehicle and back your trailer up into a near jack-knife position. You'll then want to use a rope to go from the safety chain attachment points of your trailer to your tow vehicle and then measure the length of rope that...
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  • What Size Clevis Hook is Needed for the Safety Chain Loops on the Curt Gooseneck Kit Part # C60618
  • The clevis hook on the Tow Ready Safety Chain Kit part # 49150 is 5/16" diameter. Therefore if this hook will not work with the Curt Ball and Safety Chain Loops Kit for Ram Underbed Gooseneck Hitch part # C60618 then you will want to move up to a 3/8" diameter clevis hook like the one included with the Buyers Products Trailer Safety Chain part # 337BSC3842. This clevis hook should be large enough to accommodate the safe chain loops on the above Curt Gooseneck Kit. You will need two of them...
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  • Best Spot to Mount Fulton # FCHA0050324 Trailer Safety Chains
  • The Fulton # FCHA0050324 safety chains are sold individually. For two chains, you'd need to order two of that part number. The best place to mount the chains is to the underside of the trailer tongue behind the coupler.
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  • Proper Safety Chain Recommendation for 8,100 GVWR Trailer
  • The 35" Long Safety Chain with Clevis Slip Hook # 1483-535-04 has a 5,400 lb capacity. If you used two of these you would have a combined capacity of 10,800 lbs. If you made one chain out of two of these then the capacity would only be 5,400 lbs. Two of these should provide you with more than enough safety chain capacity.
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  • Is Buyers Products 3/8" x 35" Class 4 Trailer Safety Chain Sold Individually or In Pair
  • The Buyers Products 3/8" x 35" Class 4 Trailer Safety Chain w/ Clevis Hook # 337B03835SC that you referenced is sold individually. If you needed a pair you'd need to order a quantity of 2.
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  • Safety Chains to Use with 20,000 Pound Goose Box
  • For a safety chain with a higher capacity than the # 49150 I recommend part # FCHA0050324 which is rated up to 18,800 pounds. This is only one chain so you need two of them but the rating is per chain so it's definitely enough for what you need. The # FCHA0050324 however does not include any hardware. To connect them to a Goose Box # RP94720 you need 1/2 washers, 1/2 inch nuts, 1/2-13x2.25 bolts, and 1/2 inch lock washers. You need 2 of each.
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  • Recommended Safety Chains for a 1998 Jayco Travel Trailer
  • I do have an option but we do not have any way for you to safely add onto your existing chains. It would be difficult to match the grade and construction of the chain as well so it will be better to just replace them altogether. For this, I recommend using the Safety Chain with Clevis Hook part # FCHA0050324. These chains measure to be 42" long. If you have any excess you can just loop them around one another to get rid of any slack. The strength of the chain has to do with the grade...
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  • Safety Chain Hooks Recommendation for 2016 Chevy Silverado Trailer Hitch
  • The 40" Vinyl Coated Safety Cables # DL20119 that you referenced would work on the safety chain loops of the hitch in the picture you attached. You would just need to push the clevis back on the hooks so that it could be slid through the safety chain loop.
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  • Is a Reese Goose Box or Flex Air Pin Box Better for Reducing Ride Quality and Chucking
  • The Reese Goose Box and a Flex Air pin box serve 2 different functions. So if you have a 5th wheel trailer that you want to tow with a gooseneck trailer hitch you would use a Goose Box (more on that later). If you have a 5th wheel trailer hitch then you would use the Flex Air. Both are cushioned and have shocks so I would not give the advantage to either one. If your truck has a gooseneck hitch and you need to tow a 5th wheel trailer the Reese Goose Box is the best option. But they only...
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  • Safety Chain Weights Between Buyers Products Chains and Tow Ready
  • The Buyers Products Chains part numbers # 337BSC3835 and # 337B03835SC both weigh 5 lbs and the part # TCTSCG30-730-04X1 weighs 2 lbs. For installing any of the mentioned chains we recommend using the weld on bracket # MB38 with the quick link part # C82932 on your trailer.
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  • How To Choose New Safety Chains, Breakaway, and Coupler for Gooseneck Trailer
  • In order to choose the correct set of safety chains you will need to choose a set that has the length you need as well as the weight capacity which should exceed the weight of your trailer. The Safety Chain with Clevis Hook part # FCHA0050324 (2) is 42" long and would give you a 18,800 lb weight capacity. In regards to the weight of the trailer, this would be listed as gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and is the amount that the trailer can weigh fully loaded. If you don't know the gross...
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  • Rubber Piece to Prevent Safety Chains From Falling Off
  • It sounds like you're needing some safety chain keepers. We offer those as part # CE16691A.
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  • How To Measure For Correct Safety Chain Length For Trailer
  • To measure for safety chains you will want to have the trailer hooked up to your tow vehicle with it just about jack knifed as this is the furthest the safety chains will be stretched. You will measure from one side of the tongue where you will be attaching the safety chain to the opposite side of the tow vehicle chain loop. You want some slack so add a little bit of length to this measurement. Lastly you will need to know the weight of your loaded trailer and make sure the safety...
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  • Recommended Safety Chains for B&W 5th Wheel Hitch and MorRyde Pin Box
  • We do not carry any type of bed saver for the B&W hitch. The product was discontinued and no manufacturer we carry does anything similar. For your safety chains, I recommend the Tow Ready Safety Chain Kit with Clevis Hooks - 44" Long - 16,000 lbs - Qty 2 # 49150. These chains are not required on a 5th wheel hitch, so they will require a customized install on your MorRyde Pin Box. You can then use the Reese Safety-Chain Attachment for Gooseneck Hitches on 5th Wheel Rails # RP50223...
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  • Recommended Solution to Bolt on Safety Chains to Utility Trailer
  • I have a solution for you but I'm not aware of a bolt on safety chain bracket or clevis. However you can simply take a safety chain set like the 42" Long Safety Chain with 3/8" Clevis Hook (15,000 lbs) # 337BSC3842 and use a grade 8 bolt to attach the chains to the trailer with a washer holding the bolt through the last chain link. I've linked some photos that show how to make this work for you but that would be my suggestion. You will need to drill into the trailer frame for this, but...
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  • Recommended Safety Chains for 3,000 Lb Boat Trailer
  • The 72" Long Safety Chain with S-Hooks part # TCTSCG30-772-04x2 can be cut in half to provide you with two suitable safety chains for a boat trailer. There won't be any issues with weight as they have a 5,000 lb capacity or length as each end will be 36" long.
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  • USA Made Safety Chain for Trailer Recommendation
  • The Laclede safety chains part # 1483-535-04 are made in the USA and have a 5,400 lb capacity per chain. These also have a clevis style hook. Check out the review video I attached for more info as well.
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  • How to Connect Gooseneck Safety Chains to Coupler With D-Rings
  • Usually the safety chains are attached to the coupler with bolts and then the clevises connect to the U bolts or Rings on the bed of the truck. In this case, since you're not bolting on to anything, the previous owner has just wrapped them through the D-rings to secure them to the coupler. Doing it this way will provide a secure connection, so there's nothing really to worry about in regards to the security of your current connection. If you're looking to create a new set of chains for...
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  • Is Hook for Fulton 18.8K Safety Chain with Clevis Hook Grade 70
  • I reached out to my contact at Fulton who said he wasn't able to find a specific rating for the hook part of the Safety Chain with Clevis Hook # FCHA0050324, but he said that they do make sure that the hook meets or exceeds the grade of the chains links so since the chain links are a grade 70 you can be confident that the hook will be just as strong, if not stronger.
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  • Trailer Safety Cables Will Not Fit Factory Class V Trailer Hitch on 2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD
  • I am not sure what the gross trailer weight is on what you are towing with your 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 but I have some option that could work. We have quick link # C82932 which is rated for 16,500 pounds break strength and 3,300 pound safe working load limit and has a 1/2 inch diameter. We also have # C81830 with a 15/32 inch diameter rated for 7,600 pounds per hook. These items would allow you to use the chains you have but you would need to go by the capacity of the lowest rated component.
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  • Dimensions of S-Hooks on the Curt # C80151 Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables
  • The S-Hooks on the Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables # C80151 have an opening of 13/16" so they will be slightly larger than the 3/4" diameter retention features on your OEM hitch. If you would like one that is a little larger than that we have the Curt # C80176 which has an opening of 7/8" (see attached photos).
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  • Can Safety Cables be Used Instead of Safety Chains on Trailer
  • Yes you can use safety cables in place of safety chains as long as they are rated for the weight of the trailer. Chains are typically a little easier to use in this application though since you can manipulate the length of them easier by twisting them but you can use a cable set like the part # C80151 if you wanted. These have a 5,000 lb capacity.
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  • Is Weight Rating Stamped Onto Fulton Safety Chain # FCHA0050324
  • The Fulton Safety Chain with Clevis Hook # FCHA0050324 referenced in your question features a weight capacity of 18,800 pounds. I went out to our warehouse to take a look at the chains and found that this particular rating is not stamped onto the chain or hook itself, nor is there a tag with this information. Its grade 70 designation is however stamped onto the links. I have attached a short video demonstration on this chain that you can also check out.
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  • Do Curt Single Hook Coiled Safety Cables Meet Legal Requirements for Towing
  • As long as the 5,000 pound capacity for the Curt Single Hook Safety Cables # C80151 meets or exceeds your trailer's weight then they will indeed meet any local requirements with regards to safety chains or cables when towing. These cables have a nice coiled design that will help keep them off the ground and the nylon coating prevents any scratching and will protect the interior from rust or corrosion. I have attached a short video review that you can check out as well.
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  • Do Reese Safety Chain Kit With Clevis Hooks Have A Zinc Coating
  • The Reese Safety Chain Kit with Clevis Hooks - 44" Long - 20,000lbs - Qty 2 Item # RP49151 do have the protective zinc coating to prevent rust and corrosion. You may have seen a more silvered color chain like the Safety Chain with Clevis Hook - 18,800lbs - 42" - Qty 1 Item # FCHA0050324, but even this chain has a zinc coating.
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  • Safety Chains Hooks for a 2018 Chevy Denali HD
  • It sounds like the hooks on your safety chains are not large enough to fit around the safety chain loops on your trailer hitch. If that is the case then I recommend the Buyers Products 3/8" x 35" Class 4 Trailer Safety Chain part # 337B03835SC which have fairly large clevis hooks that should fit around the safety chain loops on your trailer hitch. If you try to adapt the safety chains you have now then you will more than likely create a weak point in the chain which is why I recommend...
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  • Availability of Longer Trailer Safety Chain with 5/16 inch Diameter
  • For a safety chain with a 5/16 inch diameter that is 42 inches long the part # FCHA0050324 would be a great option. These use clevis style hooks instead of S-hooks as this is a higher capacity chain where this style of connector is typically seen. I attached a review video for you to check out as well.
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  • Recommended Safety Chain Extension For 5/16 Inch Chains
  • To extend your chains, I recommend the 40" Vinyl Coated Safety Cables with Clevis Hook (Qty. 2) by Dutton-Lainson, 6,500 lbs. # DL20119. They require 5/8 inch diameter bolts, flat washers and locknuts to mount. Another option is to use the 35" Long Safety Chain with Clevis Slip Hook, 5,400 lbs. # 1483-535-04 and can be installed using the same hardware listed above.
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  • Can I Use Safety Cables Instead of Safety Chains to Tow a 7300 lb Trailer
  • You can use safety cables instead of chains if your trailer is under the weight rating of the cable. The safety cables are made from nylon coated steel. I do not recommend using the Curt 7500 lb rated safety cable part # C80176 because that would be cutting it pretty close with the weight of your trailer. I recommend Blue Ox Hook Safety cables part # BX88197 that are rated for 10,000 lbs. The higher up you go in weight rating with safety cables the longer the cables get. The Blue Ox...
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  • How to Install Safety Chains on a Trailer that Never Had Them Before
  • You would want to weld the Brophy Safety Chain Mounting Bracket part # MB38 to your trailer, then you would use the quick link part # C82932 to attach the safety chains part # C80176 to your trailer.
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  • Best Way to Get Longer Safety Chains on a Trailer
  • You can try using quick-links to add length to your safety chains, but your best option is going to be to use a different set of chains that are longer. For a 27 inch long chain rated at 5K, go with the # 2118-605-04. For a 48 inch chain with the same capacity, use part # 2118-348-04.
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  • How to Choose Correct Capacity for Trailer Safety Chains
  • I definitely understand how safety chain capacities and determining exactly what chain rating you need for your trailer can be a bit confusing. To keep it as simple as possible, safety chain requirements state that the breaking strength of EACH chain, not the working load limit (WLL), should be equal to or exceed the gross trailer weight.A 5,000 pound trailer needs safety chains that each have a break strength of at least 5,000 pounds. A chain's working load limit comes more into play...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing Equipment For A 2017 Chevy Traverse
  • The first thing to check when you're wanting to flat tow your vehicle is your owners manual. There will be a sectional usually labeled as "Recreational Towing" that will state if your vehicle is able to be flat towed and what steps have to be followed to ensure the safety of your vehicle. You'll need a tow bar, tow bar wiring kit, base plate, braking system, and safety cables. I have the following recommendations for you below: Tow Bar: Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow...
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  • Safety Chain Mounts to Weld to a Trailer
  • We have several different safety chain attachment brackets you could potentially use. I have included a link to them for you. It sounds like you are looking for something like # MB38. Keep in mind that this is raw steel. Welding to a dissimilar metal requires a professional, especially if the other metal is galvanized or zinc-coated because that can give off toxic fumes!
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  • Is 20k Reese Goose Box RP94720 The 2nd Generation of Goose Box
  • That is a good question, and yes, the 20k Goose Box is the latest (2nd generation) of the Goose Box; the correct part for the 20k model is the following: - Reese Goose Box 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Air Ride Coupler Adapter # RP94720 This Goose Box replaced the older version in 2019, so it has been around for some time. It will work directly as a replacement for Lippert 1621, 1621HD, 0719 and Fabex PB-600 Series pin boxes. Then for safety chains to use with the Goose Box # RP94720...
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  • Safety Chain Solution for Trailers that Weigh 3,500 and 10,000 lbs
  • For safety chains you want to go with a set that provides you with a break strength of at least what the trailer is rated for. Or you can go with a set that's priced great and easily over the capacity of both trailers like the Buyers Products chains part # 337BSC3835 which is rated for 15,000 lbs and would work great for both trailers.
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  • How Long Should Safety Chains Be for Trailer
  • Since safety chains pivot underneath the trailer when making turns it's typically not a situation where a significant length of safety chain is needed to allow sharp turns to be made. Basically you'd want to measure the distance between the safety chain loop on the trailer and the loops of the hitch and give yourself and additional bit of slack. The part # C80136 measures 42 inches and is coiled too to keep it off of the ground.
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  • Weld On Safety Chain Retainer
  • You should not weld the chain directly to the trailer. There is no federal law about weight or size rating on safety chains. You will need to check with your local DMV office for the requirements in your state. If you are needing a mounting point for safety chains I recommend the Buyers Products Weld-On Safety Chain Retainer For 5/16" Chain item # 3375471000. It has a removable clevis pin for ease of painting and chain replacement. Each retainer is rated to 10,000 lbs. They are sold individually...
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  • 48 inch Safety Chain Options for Pontoon Boat Trailer
  • The closest thing we offer to what you are looking for would be the part # 49150 which is 44 inches long and has the hooks on just the one end. In the 48 inch length all we have is the part # 2118-348-04 which has the hooks on either end.
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  • Will Removing A Few Links From Buyers Products 3/8" x 35" Safety Chain Reduce Strength Of Chain?
  • I reached out to my contact at Buyers Products, and on the Buyers Products 3/8" x 35" Class 4 Trailer Safety Chain w/ 1 Clevis Hook - 43 Proof # 337BSC3835 you were looking at removing 3-5 links would not reduce the capacity of the chain. I included a video of the # 337BSC3835 for you to take a look at.
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  • Recommended Safety Chains for 10,000 Pound Trailer
  • If by biggest you are referring to weight capacity the highest rated trailer safety chain we have available is the Fulton Safety Chain # FCHA0070324. This heavy-duty chain features a 45,200 pound weight capacity and a 42 inch length. This is quite a bit more than you need for a 10,000 pound trailer. If you are looking for the longest chains then we have a few options with a 72 inch length such as the Titan # TCTSCG30-772-04X2 that features a 5,000 pound capacity. When picking out safety...
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  • Are Safety Chains Needed When 7,000 lb Towing Trailer
  • Safety chains are required by law in many different places, and in order to find out about the specific regulations you will need to contact your local DMV. I will say that no matter what the law may be, safety chains are a very good idea, no matter what speed you are travelling because they ensure your trailer isn't going to become disconnected and cause a potentially serious accident. When considering the cost and ease of use for safety chains relative to what could happen without...
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  • Safety Chain and Turnbuckles for a Trailer Extension
  • The safety chains are not included with the extension but are needed. the recommended saftey chains for this application are the 48 inch Long Safety Chain with 7/16 inch Hooks, 5,000 pounds, item # 2118-348-04. By turnbuckles, I am assuming you are referring to what we call Quick Links. The Safety Chain Quick Links item # 348749M, can be used to attach the safety chains.
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  • Safety Chains with Clevis Hooks and Quick Links for an 8,700 Pound Trailer
  • How about 2 of Fulton Chain # FCHA0050324 and 2 of Safety Chain Quick Link # C82932. The chains are 42 inches long overall and rated for 18,800 pounds with a zinc coating to resist corrosion. The quick links have a break strength of 10,000 pounds. Based on what you are looking for this is going to be the best option.
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  • Installing Safety Chain Connection Point to Factory Hitch on 1998 Toyota Tacoma
  • As long as a qualified welder is used, a Safety Chain Attachment Loop like part # E950 could be welded to the receiver as shown in the photo I provided. Having an amateur welder weld it could result in the hitch being weakened. This would be the best and easiest solution for you. .
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  • Do Safety Chains Come With Reese Goose Box Fifth Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter?
  • Though safety chains to do not come with a Reese Goose Box 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Air Ride Coupler Adapter such as RP94623 they are available by using the Tow Ready Safety Chain Kit # 49150. If you look at the accompanying photo you can see exactly how they will mount on a Reese Goose Box. I've added links to video reviews of these parts for you to take a look at.
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  • Diameter of Loops of Curt Safety Cables
  • I had the end loops of the Curt safety cables, part # C80176, measured for you. At their widest points the inside measurement is 3/4 of an inch and the outside is 1-1/2 inches.
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  • Will Curt Safety Cables C80176 Work on a Trailer with 24 Inch Folding Tongue Extension
  • It really depends on where the safety chain mounts are on the trailer. At 42 inches long safety cables # C80176 are good for at least 21 inches but ultimately it depends on where the safety chain mounts are on the trailer side. If they are right behind the hinge then a 24 inch length would not be an issue. If the mounts are off to the side or much further back then there could be issues when making turns.
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  • Which Way Do the S-Hooks Need To Face When Attaching To Trailer Hitch Safety Chain Hoops
  • I have attached a photo for you below that shows which way the s-hooks should face when attached to the safety chain loops on a trailer hitch. The photo example is using the Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables with S-Hooks part # C80176 for reference. That said, if the s-hooks have the keeper attached then it should not really matter which way they face.
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  • How is the 18,800 lb Capacity of the Fulton Safety Chains FCHA0050324 Determined
  • The 18.8k capacity for the # FCHA0050324 that you referenced is listed as the GTW or gross trailer weight. This chain can be used on a trailer that weighs up to 18,800 lbs. The working load limit is a different capacity that would be more relevant for using the chain to secure cargo. Since in the event of a trailer coming un coupled the chains would not have 18,800 lbs put on them, since the road supports the total weight of the trailer, You would not need a chain with a working load...
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  • Will Coiled Safety Cables Catch the Trailer Tongue Like Chains Would
  • Using cables such as # C80176 in place of chains is no different than using chains. You would still cross the cables under the tongue so that they will catch the tongue should the trailer come off of the ball. The cables are steel underneath the coating and they are quite firm so the tongue weight of the trailer would not be able to overcome the tension of the cables when the trailer is pulled away from the vehicle in an off-the-ball event just like chains.
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  • Diameter of Ferrule On the Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables C80151
  • I spoke with Curt and they informed me that the ferrule on the Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables part # C80151 is .59" diameter.
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  • Troubleshooting Bend In Trailer Frame and Safety Chain Length
  • Your safety chains would not cause your trailer frame to bend like you pictured even if the safety chains are barely long enough to attach. It would be wise to get longer safety chains, but you would need to have amazingly strong chains, bolts, and hitch chain loops to cause your trailer frame to bend before the other parts failed. It looks like someone jack knifed the trailer to cause a bend like that. The good news is the back side of that frame rail still looks straight and will most...
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  • What Size is the Opening for the Eyes of Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables 80151
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled a set of Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables # C80151 to measure the size of the eye opening for you. The width at the widest point is 0.65 inches (between 5/8 and 11/16 inches). And at the longest the opening is 1.37 inches (1-3/8 inches). With these measurements you should be able to determine if the bolt will go through.
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  • Can One Long Safety Chain be Safely Cut in Half to Make 2 Safety Chains
  • That should work provided that in the process of shortening the chain to make 2 chains and when bending or flexing you do not stress the metal. If the metal is heated up or you see stress marks in the metal, fractures or discolored areas these are signs that the metal is fatigued and should not be used for this application. Of course the ideal solution is to just go ahead and use a new chain such as 2 of # 1483-535-04. Then you know you will have nothing to worry about. And of course,...
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  • Are Two Trailer Safety Chains Really Necessary
  • You do indeed need two safety chains. When the safety chains are attached to the tow vehicle, they should be crossed below the coupler in an X pattern. This is done so that if the coupler should come off of the trailer ball, the crossed safety chains can provide a cradle for the coupler to land in. This will keep the coupler from hitting the ground and possibly getting snagged in a pothole, which would be a very very bad thing.
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  • How to Select the Proper Length Safety Chains for a Trailer
  • It really depends on your setup, if the safety chain loops on your tow vehicle are spaced far apart then you will need more slack to make a tight turn then if they were closer together. What I would recommend you do is connect your trailer to your tow vehicle, back your trailer up into a near jack-knife position and then use a rope to go from the safety chain attachment points of your trailer to your tow vehicle. Now measure the length of rope that was used and that would be the correct...
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  • How is the Load Rating for the Curt Safety Cables C80176 Determined
  • As a pair the Curt Single Hook Safety Cables part # C80176 are rated for 7,500 lbs. This would be considered the "tow rating".
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  • 40 Vinyl Coated Safety Cables with Clevis Hook
  • Yes, the 40" Vinyl Coated Safety Cables with Clevis Hook (Qty. 2) by Dutton-Lainson, 6,500 lbs is labeled under Item # DL20119. This product is a pair of 5/16 " vinyl-coated cables with safety hooks at one end. These are for use on trailers up to 6,500 lbs. The coil tension eliminates dragging and rattles. The cables extend to 40" when straightened. This product meets SAE and V-5 standards.
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  • Safety Chains that Can be Used with Hitch of 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD
  • We have have the Safety Chain with Clevis Hook # 337B03835SC which is a high capacity chain that is compatible with the standard safety chain loops like what you have on your 2011 GMC Sierra. These are rated for 18,800 lbs as well. In the picture I attached you can see a similar Chevy/GMC truck as yours that this safety chain was used with.
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  • Can Hooks be Easily Removed from Curt Safety Chains # C19749
  • If you were to remove a hook from # C19749 the chains would be shorter. The only way to remove a hook, other than cutting the chain, would be to bend the "eye" end (where the chain connects to the hook) so you could then slide the chain off the long way. You couldn't go the short way because the keeper is riveted on. Are you looking for a specific chain length?
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  • Safety Cable W/ S-Hook for Thick Safety Chain Connection Point On 2020 Ford F-350
  • The S-Hooks on the Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables with S-Hooks # C80176 you were looking at have an opening of 7/8" which is the largest S-Hook we offer, and should work great on the thicker safety chain connection point on your 2020 Ford F-350. I included a video of the Curt # C80176 for you to take a look at.
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  • How to Secure a Vehicle on an 8 X 18-foot Wooden Deck Car Hauler Trailer
  • To secure your vehicle on the wood deck of your 8 X 18-foot car hauler trailer I suggest you consider straps rather than chains. Straps offer lighter weight, reduced chance for scratching the vehicle and are often easier to use than chains. They also will not corrode like chains. The Dutton-Lainson 40-inch cables you referenced are intended for use with tow bars for flat-towed vehicles. We have better options for you. For example, we offer the Erickson Car Tie Down, part # 58503. It...
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  • Safety Chains that can Accommodate 3/8" Bolt
  • The chain links on safety chain # 1483-535-04 are 3/8 of an inch in diameter. This chain has a 5,400 lbs. Working Load Limit. For a quick link use # 6590-044-04. Its working load limit is 2,200 pounds. Since the safety chain is rated higher using a 3/8 inch quick link will reduce the capacity.
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  • Custom Safety Chain for Securing Tie Down Straps
  • I do have a combination of products that may work for you however, we currently do not have the product you are referring to. In order to keep your tie down straps from coming in contact with stake bed pockets on your trailer. I recommend using our 27" Long Safety Chain with 7/16" Hook, 5,000 lbs. part # 2118-605-04 in addition to the 1/4" Quick Link for Safety Chains part # 750-3204. The safety chain is 27" long but can be modified to the length you desire. The end of this chain has...
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  • Are Safety Chains Required When Towing Gooseneck Trailer in Georgia
  • You'd have to check with the local highway department in Georgia to verify, but from what I was able to look up there are laws in Georgia that require safety chains when towing with a gooseneck hitch and trailer. For a set that have a 16,000 lb capacity we have the part # 49150 which would work great if you are in need of a set.
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  • Safety Chain Capacity and Requirements for a 6-Ton Triple Axle Trailer
  • The highest rated safety chains we carry at this time are the 35 inch Long Safety Chain with Clevis Slip Hook, 5,400 lbs., item # 1483-535-04, that you mentioned. Two of these chains are rated for 10,800 pounds working load limit and 32,400 (16,200 lbs each) breaking strength, and should be sufficient for your towing limit of 10,000 lbs. Safety chain requirements state that the breaking strength of each chain, not the working load limit of the chain, should be equal to or exceed the...
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  • Safety Chain Setup for my 6000 GVWR RV Trailer
  • I think you've picked out a great set up. The Buyers Products 3/8" x 35" Class 4 Trailer Safety Chain part # 337B03835SC and the Threaded Quick Link part # C82932 is rated above your GVWR of 6,000 lbs. and Will all fit together really well.
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  • Country of Origin of Dutton-Lainson # DL20119 Safety Cables
  • According to my contact at Dutton-Lainson, the # DL20119 Safety Cables are manufactured in Taiwan. We have several safety cable kits from Roadmaster that are manufactured in the USA, you can see them by clicking the provided link. The Roadmaster # RM-643 safety cables would be closest to the ones you mentioned.
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  • Safety Chain Recommendation for a 10,000 lb Horse Trailer
  • For a set of 42 inch chains that have 16k capacity that would work great for your 10k horse trailer I would recommend the part # 49150. These are normally used for gooseneck hitch setups, but they would work well for you and have plenty of capacity.
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