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Re: Securing Loads

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10-06-2013 13:00:42

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When I haul something that will/can roll I take my best chains and tie to the rear of the trailer. Use straps or come along or something to cinch it up toward the front. I figure the strongest ties should be to keep it from rolling forward in the event of a hard stop. As far as what's required, who knows? I know a friend of mine who was using one of my trailers got stopped for not having the safety chains crossed. I did not know that was a rule, and I still don't know why. My chains are not cheap and they have good hooks, etc. As suggested, it may simply be a matter of how it all looks going down the road and how you are driving.

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D beatty

10-06-2013 18:21:19

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 Re: Securing Loads in reply to js305, 10-06-2013 13:00:42  
Safety chains are crossed so tongue drops down and is cradled by the crossed chains and keeps tongue off pavement.

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10-07-2013 09:45:53

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 Re: Securing Loads in reply to D beatty, 10-06-2013 18:21:19  
Yes and no. Safty chains are crossed to keep trailer from swaying.

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D beatty

10-07-2013 10:33:17

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 Re: Securing Loads in reply to rustyplow, 10-07-2013 09:45:53  
Let me tell you crossed chains will not keep a trailer from swaying. The only thing that will really help is a weight distribution system with sway control.

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10-07-2013 14:48:42

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 Re: Securing Loads in reply to D beatty, 10-07-2013 10:33:17  
Let me tell you,get out your DOT motor carrier handbook. From whatever state you choose. There are all in line with each other. Very detailed expanation with pictures on how to attach safty chains from the trailer to the tow vehicle. Purpose being to keep the trailer coupled to the tow vehicle AND PREVENT IT FROM SWAYING in the event that the hitch fails.

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D beatty

10-07-2013 15:33:34

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 Re: Securing Loads in reply to rustyplow, 10-07-2013 14:48:42  
I ran the road for 38 years and have seen my share of trailers come loose and they are all over the place when they loose a trailer even with chains crossed. The only thing about them being crossed the tongue doesn't dig into pavement.

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