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Boat Trailering Guys:,
I have a 1994 Calkins trailer for my 1995 LUND Pro V. The trailer and the boat came as a package deal. My boating buddy is always criticizing the length of the safety chain on the trailer. He says that it should be long enough to make "wide turns". I agree but I have never had any problems with the chain length as is. Is there some kind of "standard length"for safety chains other then long enough to make wide turns? Thanks for any info you might provide/suggest. ED Timmons
Answered on: 3/2007
Here are the guidelines for chains: 1. They should be criss-crossed when attaching them to the tow vehicle so that in the event of an "unhitching" the trailer tongue will be cradled by the chains and suspended so that it doesn't drag on the ground. 2. They should be securely hooked to the vehicle. Some states require the use of a safety latch in addition to the S-hook or a quick link. 3. The chains should be long enough so that they don't bind in tight turns, yet not so long as to drag on the ground during trailering.
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