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Old 05-14-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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Default Safety Chain Missing/Torn

Hello all,

I picked up a 2006 189FD at the end of last season, and was getting it ready for the season ahead on the weekend. When I took it home it only had 1 safety chain - being new to trailers I didn't realise till recently it should have 2, so I picked up another one and went to attach it.... and found out that where the original 2nd chain was is torn right off, and the current one is bent/tearing through the metal. It's currently attached to a plate welded underneith the A frame. I stopped by a RV service place to see what it would take to fix (I assumed they'd need to weld on a new plate) and he suggested drilling into the A frame itself and securing new chains there.

Where are your chains attached to the trailer? Anyone see any issues drilling into the A frame itself? Other suggestions?

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Old 05-14-2013, 04:13 PM   #2
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There isn't anything wrong with drilling through the frame...but...

There's always a "but" isn't there?

You don't want to encourage rust by drilling a hole and leaving it "raw" or allowing an "eye" bolt to wear the paint off around the hole. Go ahead and get yourself a really heavy duty "I" bolt (or two if you want to do both sides) and also get at least 4 heavy washers. Drill your holes and spray outside and inside thoroughly with Rust-oleum or similar rust prevention paint. When you put the "eye" bolts through, make sure there is a washer between both sides and the trailer frame of both bolts (if you do two) so that the bolt will wear the washer and not the paint off the frame. Also, if you go the "I" bolt way, you'll find that the bolt makes a loop and one side is open against the shaft...make sure that points rearward so that if the trailer does come loose, the chain won't pull the eye open enough to come off. I would add a lock washer on the inside, between the nut and the washer and, for cheap insurance, I would "double nut" the eye bolt. Put one nut on and tighten it up, but, not so tight that you start to deform the frame and then put the other nut down, really tight against the first nut. That will keep the two locked together so that they can't come loose.

To attach the chain to the eye bolts, you'll need some of these:

Chain Quick Link

You can get them at any hardware store and they will make a strong connection between your new chain and the eye bolt (as strong as a welded link).

Easy repair



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Old 05-15-2013, 02:27 PM   #3
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Great, thanks. I'll be reattaching them this weekend then. I happen to have some automotive paint that I'll use to touch up the holes to prevent rust.
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