Coupling To The Tow Vehicle CONNECT SAFETY CHAINS – BUMPER PULL TRAILER Visually inspect the safety chains and hooks for wear or damage. Replace worn or damaged safety chains and hooks before towing. 62 Rig the safety chains so that they: Crisscross underneath the coupler so if the trailer uncouples, the safety chains can hold the tongue up above the road. Loop around a frame member of the tow vehicle or to holes provided in the hitch system (but, do not attach them to an interchangeable part of the hitch assembly). Attach hooks up from underneath the hole (do not just drop into hole); and Provide enough slack to permit tight turns, but not be close to the road surface to drag. Proper Safety Chain Arrangement ! WARNING Incorrect rigging of the safety chains can result in loss of control of the trailer and tow vehicle, leading to death or serious injury, if the trailer uncouples from the tow vehicle. Chains must: Fasten to frame of tow vehicle, not to hitch or ball. Cross underneath hitch and coupler with minimum slack to permit turning and to hold tongue up, if the trailer comes loose.
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