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Old 10-30-2013, 07:06 AM   #1
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ParkLiner owners - how are your saftey chains attached?

When we went down to NJ to pick up #006, the safety chain was one long piece wrapped around the jack, then wound under the tongue and over to the hitch. On my F-150, they turned out to be tighter than I would like, but off we went. Never having seen safety chains attached like that, it made me wonder how other ParkLiners are set up for safety chains. Pictures would be particularly helpful!

I unwrapped mine last night and cut it in half. Looks like a 1/2" bolt will fit through it, and I'm planning on drilling holes in the tongue and attaching each half to each side. First I'd like to see some photos of how others are done.

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Sounds like mine I guess...there is a bolt going through the chain and I think the hitch...sorry its not here...take a photo of it and if I can remember when I swing by my moms today I will take a photo of mine.
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There is a "U" shaped bolt made for securing a chain to a flat surface. It will take two holes, bit is a lot stronger than a single bolt and much easier on the securing link.
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Sounds like mine I guess...there is a bolt going through the chain and I think the hitch...sorry its not here...take a photo of it and if I can remember when I swing by my moms today I will take a photo of mine.
There was a bolt mine was sorta on too Deryk, but it wasn't doing much good. I could take the chain off without loosening the bolt!

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Old 10-30-2013, 07:51 AM   #5
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There is a "U" shaped bolt made for securing a chain to a flat surface. It will take two holes, bit is a lot stronger than a single bolt and much easier on the securing link.
Huh. Never thought about a u-shaped bolt Bob. That's a good idea, but I've already cut this chain in half. Sooner or later I will bolt both ends to the tongue, just wondering how other ParkLiner owners do it.

I've had lots of trailers over the decades, but never one with a single safety chain. All my trailers have double chains that crisscross under the hitch, and are long enough to be an inch off level when hooked to the tow vehicle.

Guess I'll just go ahead and do it!

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No problem, you need two chain lengths anyway.
Here's what the U-Bolts look like:

Replacement U-Bolts For Safety Chain Hookup - By Curt Mfg

Generic ones at a hardware store will be less expensive.
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No problem, you need two chain lengths anyway.
Here's what the U-Bolts look like:

Replacement U-Bolts For Safety Chain Hookup - By Curt Mfg

Generic ones at a hardware store will be less expensive.
No way I could use those things Bob, they're way too long. They must be specific to goose-neck hitches. I can understand using a small (much shorter) u-bolt if I hadn't already cut the chain. I am familiar with u-bolts, having worked at NAPA for many years.

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We are missing something here.

You need two chains, one for each side of the frame, and the U-bolts are used to permanently secure the trailer end of the chain to each side of the frame. The other end of each chain has it's hook or whatever to attack to the loops or whatever on the TV.

Those were just samples. Google "Safety Chain U-Bolt Kits" for more ideas.
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I found this 1 pic that I had of mine. I have it wrapped around the tongue jack then criss crossed to the hitch on my Rav4. Mine is just long enough by a couple of links so its not snug. Before the wdh I had to add a 12" length on each side because of the setup I used.
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We are missing something here.

You need two chains, one for each side of the frame, and the U-bolts are used to permanently secure the trailer end of the chain to each side of the frame. The other end of each chain has it's hook or whatever to attack to the loops or whatever on the TV.

Those were just samples. Google "Safety Chain U-Bolt Kits" for more ideas.
This is all new to me - the u-bolt thing for the trailer side of safety chains. I've always used the biggest diameter bolts I could fit through a chain link with double flat washers (one on each side) a lock washer and nut or nylok. Having said that, this u-bolt idea sounds better, so thanks! I'll do just that.

Boy, I love forums!

Pics soon.

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My Scamp has a U bolt on the under side of the tongue that the chains are attached to. Its an old trailer so probable not up to current safety standards though

If your interested here is the SAE standard J684 dated June, 2004 for Trailer Safety Chain Standards. Says to use two separate U bolts.
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Good link Carol!
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For what it is worth there was a long discussion on drilling holes through trailer frames and the general consensus was that it was a bad idea as it can encourage cracks and eventual frame failure. My chains were simply welded on. I've used three different tow vehicles and have change the chain length using threaded links and more chain. Finally, Frank, a picture of your set up would make it not only clearer for those of us without Parkliners but also for future Parkliner owners reading this thread. Raz
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I found this 1 pic that I had of mine. I have it wrapped around the tongue jack then criss crossed to the hitch on my Rav4. Mine is just long enough by a couple of links so its not snug. Before the wdh I had to add a 12" length on each side because of the setup I used.
Why would they weld the jack on? Then bolt the chain to the jack? Seems weird.
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