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Old 05-13-2019, 12:47 PM
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Attaching Saftey Chains?

How is everyone attaching their trailer safety chain? None of my trailers have hooks that are large enough to fit on the connection points of the factory hitch. I am thinking using a clevis might be a good option but I'm not sure which size is necessary? What has worked for everyone else? My trailers are all less than 6500lbs. I have a F350 with the 6.7 and the 3" receiver.
 
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Old 05-13-2019, 01:07 PM
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My dump trailer has hooks that fit right into the hich holes.
Could you just get larger hooks from the hardware store and attach them to the chains?
 
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Old 05-13-2019, 01:13 PM
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Hammer locks, as they work regardless of what trailer I am pulling:
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I used the following, clevis permanently attached to hitch frame, hooks on safety chains. The second link I originally posted wouldn't work, so I added the image of the hooks I use. Suggested from a user on these pages last year.

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I just stopped by a trailer dealer and got some larger hooks to fit my chains.
 
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Old 05-13-2019, 02:09 PM
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I used a set of hammer locks since I have a few different trailers with different sized hooks. They allow all of them to be used easily.
 
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Hammerlocks. Took the advice of another forum member. they work great. My problem was the hooks were too big for the slots in the hitch.
 
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Old 05-13-2019, 02:41 PM
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I us hammerlocks also.

These are the ones I use - for about $32 a pair.

1/2", Grade 80, working load rated at 12,000#.

Grade 80 Grade 80

I also looked at the Grade 100 hammerlocks, rated at 15,000# working load. They cost about $36 each.

Grade 100 Grade 100

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I opted for a removable answer ...​​​​​​​ 11,000# breaking strength each ...
 
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5/8" shackles/D-rings.
 
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Old 05-14-2019, 06:04 AM
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Thanks everyone. I like the clevis/shackle or D-ring options the best. Something removeable is important to me.
 
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Old 05-14-2019, 10:54 AM
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This is frustrating with me too - you would have thought he Ford engineers would have though this through more...

Mine fit backwards (facing out) but not forwards (facing in) - not sure if that's an issue or not but that's what i've been doing for now.
 
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Old 05-14-2019, 10:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Poncho450 View Post
I used the following, clevis permanently attached to hitch frame, hooks on safety chains. The second link I originally posted wouldn't work, so I added the image of the hooks I use. Suggested from a user on these pages last year.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

These are fantastic! I switched to them and never looked back.
 
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Originally Posted by adgjqetuo View Post
This is frustrating with me too - you would have thought he Ford engineers would have though this through more...

Mine fit backwards (facing out) but not forwards (facing in) - not sure if that's an issue or not but that's what I've been doing for now.
Whats to think out, its a hitch designed for 15000 pounds, or 21000 pounds if you have the 3 inch. Chains and Safety equipment designed for 15000 work just fine, stuff that is not up to that standard may have issue.

We could have had what looks like a U of 3/8 rebar that I have seen on some older GM products, then any old clip on any chain would work, but if you had a 15000 pound trailer try to break away, it probably would not do much good.
 
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Whats to think out, its a hitch designed for 15000 pounds, or 21000 pounds if you have the 3 inch. Chains and Safety equipment designed for 15000 work just fine, stuff that is not up to that standard may have issue.

We could have had what looks like a U of 3/8 rebar that I have seen on some older GM products, then any old clip on any chain would work, but if you had a 15000 pound trailer try to break away, it probably would not do much good.
In the back of my mind, I'd rather a 15k trailer break away than drag me off the road with it.

My shackles are rated to 6,500# ea. I believe. The trailer I tow is 10k. Yes, Ford could have easily designed a hitch to handle the weight AND be easy to get most hooks into it....but they didn't.
 

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