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    Just find out at the boat ramp by a policeman, Texas state law is, CROSS YOUR TRAILER SAFETY CHAINS! If you don't, they will give you a ticket.
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    Re: Texas state law, CROSS YOUR TRAILER SAFETY CHAINS!

    I always thought that was the only way to hook them up, it is at least the only way that makes sense, the crossed chains are there to catch the trailer tongue if it comes loose.
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    • #3
      Re: Texas state law, CROSS YOUR TRAILER SAFETY CHAINS!

      Should be the law everywhere. I'm always amazed when someone watches me cross the chains at hook up and asks why? Usually guys who should know. Oh well. Fightin' the good fight.
      Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
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      • #4
        Re: Texas state law, CROSS YOUR TRAILER SAFETY CHAINS!

        If you take a quick look at the geometry, crossed chains also allow the chains to be shorter (with better control) without binding when turning.

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        • #5
          Re: Texas state law, CROSS YOUR TRAILER SAFETY CHAINS!

          Do you think you should twist them together, too? A guy at the U-haul place recently did that when I rented a trailer; as long as it's not too tight to turn, seems to be a good idea.
          I have always crossed them once, too, but learned (the hard way, I'll confess) that the chains were too long to catch the trailer tongue and hold it up to a good height. It should be obvious, although folks don't think it through, that if the tongue is down to the pavement and jams in a pothole or something, you are truly screwed.
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          • #6
            Re: Texas state law, CROSS YOUR TRAILER SAFETY CHAINS!

            Agree with Jmartin (as usual)....


            Dad has tought me to cross/twist chains as much as you can ever since I've helped him hook up the trailers. Now I do it on all of my own trailers, even replaced the trailer that came with cables with a chain so I can cross them nicely.
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            • #7
              Re: Texas state law, CROSS YOUR TRAILER SAFETY CHAINS!

              Another point...... hooks go through hitch plate from top down or rear forward.... LOTS of people hook em backwards thinking they are more secure.... I always win that debate buy hooking them both ways and shaking the chains..... I can make the backwards ones fall out but not the others


              yes cross but no don't twist..... it reduces their strength ALOT... if they are too long CUT them or install a split link to make a loop.... generally the chains won't hold the tongue up off the road even if they are crossed.... If it hits a pothole it will gouge the road and bend some steel..... If your trailer comes unhooked you have already screwed up.... the chains are a last ditch effort to save lives.... they aren't there to keep your equipment from being damaged.... The boat and trailer may destroy itself and the back of your tow vehicle.. It may swerve back and forth very violently..... If you have break away brakes make sure you have the trip cable short enough and hooked up.
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              • #8
                Re: Texas state law, CROSS YOUR TRAILER SAFETY CHAINS!

                Is the law specific to chains or does it also cover heavy duty coiled cables?

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                • #9
                  Re: Texas state law, CROSS YOUR TRAILER SAFETY CHAINS!

                  Can someone post a pic of this so I know what the heck you guys are talking about?

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                    Re: Texas state law, CROSS YOUR TRAILER SAFETY CHAINS!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Texas state law, CROSS YOUR TRAILER SAFETY CHAINS!

                      I have cables with the closing D clamps I posted above and I cross 'em.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Texas state law, CROSS YOUR TRAILER SAFETY CHAINS!

                        On my trailer it would matter if I crossed the chains.
                        Both ends of the chain are bolted on top of each other.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Texas state law, CROSS YOUR TRAILER SAFETY CHAINS!

                          Originally posted by nlain View Post
                          I always thought that was the only way to hook them up......

                          Ditto...growing up with a father owning a lawn biz..i learned that was the only/best way and it stuck with me...BUT didn't realize that it was ever actually made a law in some states...I must check FL then for kicks
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                          • #14
                            Re: Texas state law, CROSS YOUR TRAILER SAFETY CHAINS!

                            I have always crossed or twisted the chains.. Not just to catch the trailer if it comes off.. I always had to or they would drag the ground...

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                              Re: Texas state law, CROSS YOUR TRAILER SAFETY CHAINS!

                              I still get amazed at how many trailers I see at the launch without any chains at all on the trailer.

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