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Safety Chains for a 2003 Zieman PWC Trailer that Weighs 1,200 Pounds

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I have a Zieman 2003 personal water craft trailer rated at 1200 pounds GRVW gross rated vehicle weight. What should the rated strength of the safety chain be? The trailer came new from the manufacturer with only one safety chain. I read on your web site two safety chains are actually required, is this a regulation and if so by whose authority? Is there some type of a formula for figuring chain requirements out?

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You will want your safety chains to at least match the gross trailer weight but preferably you will go over that. Safety chain # 2118-605-04 is rated for 5000 pounds breaking strength so it is definitely enough for your PWC trailer. But you can't beat the price for the capacity.

A good rule of thumb is to take the breaking strength, in this case 5,000 pounds, and divide by 3. If the result is still greater than the gross trailer weight, in this case 1,667 pounds, then it is safe to use.

You may also be interested in quick links # C82932 on the trailer, hitch, or both. This makes mounting the chains easier.

There is no one Federal law that all states have to go by for safety chains. You will need to check with your local DMV office for the requirements in your state.

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