Hey captain dipshit! Wrap your chains!

Hilljackoutlaw

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Serious question. What do you mean by wrap your chains? Wrap them around each other to get them off the ground, or wrap them with some type of material?
I guess I should of worded it better. Cross them to create a cradle for your tongue if it separates from the truck and twist the chains to draw up your slack so they don't drag.
 

Hilljackoutlaw

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On my old work trailer I put 2 oversized heavy duty zip ties around the tongue and threaded my chains thru it before hooking to the hitch.
 

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I guess I should of worded it better. Cross them to create a cradle for your tongue if it separates from the truck and twist the chains to draw up your slack so they don't drag.
The law as far as I was taught.. I don’t know if there is an actual annotated code for it, but I’ve been told here in MT having them crossed to cradle your jack if it comes off the ball— is the law.
 

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by twisting your safety chains you can make them shorter and not drag,,by crossing your chains your lenth wont change much when turning and it also cradles the tounge if it comes off the ball,,standard trucker procedures,but alot of people dont have the common sense to do proper.
 

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As others have said chains should be crossed to cradle the hitch. With two wheel chalks you can actually get the jack back up to lift the tongue on a heavy trailer.

When it comes to twisting I have a point of clarification. The chains should be individually twisted if shortening is needed, not wrapped around each other.
 

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Stopped to help a couple on the highway about a month ago. He was pulling a double-axle 24-foot camper behind a fairly new Dodge pickup, the hitch came off the ball, and while stopping the tongue ran up under the back of the truck and axle so it couldn't move. With his jack and mine we got the back end up off the tongue and he walked off it with the front wheels in 4x4. Hooking it all back up, I said, "You need to cross the safety chains so they'll support the tongue if something like this happens." He glared at me and muttered what-the-f-ever and hooked the chains right back up straight again. You can't fix stupid.

Scariest thing I heard was when I had local LE channels on my Forest Circus rig working out towards Missoula years ago. One of our deputies responded to a chain fire along I-90, pulled over as far as he could get with lights flashing. On the radio, he said, "I've arrived on scene and....BAD WORD! Some SOB just took my door right off!" A drunk driver the Troopers nailed on down the road.
 

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Or just shorten the chains entirely and don’t twist them..


That's what I was going to say. I get it on a borrowed trailer but if its your rig then just cut the chains to the right length. Chains aren't that expensive if you do ever have to have longer ones for some reason.
 

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