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Old 01-19-2014, 09:32 PM   #141
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"Why? So you can adjust working length for different tow vehicles, perhaps? To avoid cutting off excess chain length?"

Yep. Why cut chains down and then not be able to adjust working slack length to the tow vehicle(s). True that does mean every time I chain-up I gotta remember what linkage works best. I'm fine with that.
You can also take out the extra length by making a loop at the trailer end with a quick link or double shackle. If the chains were connected to the trailer by one of these removable links, it would be even tidier to put the extra length behind the tongue anchor, out of the way.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:40 PM   #142
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Glenn: I use a red cable tie to mark the link. Works great and won't wear off.
Great idea. Also, more manly than nail polish
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:42 PM   #143
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To handle the issue re: where the chains are attached to the trailer via a bar and the ends can move, install a piece of rubber hose split down the middle between the chains, that will keep them apart and give you your triangle opening. an old trick
Clever... but if those chains ever need to do their job, won't the hose will pop off instantly and the chains slide to the middle of the bar, which will likely bend forward in the middle, and there will be too much chain slack? We're talking about potentially high forces here.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:05 PM   #144
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I was going to mark the correct link with a pink ribbon but just thought of a better plan. Insted of marking it, keep the quickLink thing on the link, and when doing the link-up simply connect to the last chain link. That way you never miss a link.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:33 PM   #145
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I was going to mark the correct link with a pink ribbon but just thought of a better plan. Insted of marking it, keep the quickLink thing on the link, and when doing the link-up simply connect to the last chain link. That way you never miss a link.
Why didn't I think of that? :
For someone with multiple tow vehicles, a differently coloured tie wraps can be used to indicate the desired locations, but for a single tow vehicle Myron's idea is simpler (as long as you always remember to leave the link on the mid-chain side, not on the chain end).
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:53 PM   #146
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And if you did we could call it the missing link.
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:01 PM   #147
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Twelve links to the QuickLink (yellow tape) seems about right for me with this turning angle.
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Old 01-20-2014, 06:50 PM   #148
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Yes, but your power cord and emergency cable look too lax…….
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Old 01-21-2014, 04:54 PM   #149
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Myron,

It appears your chains are attached to separate loops at each end of the bar, and not on the bar itself, so they wouldn't slide.

Also, I've been looking further into the weight rating of QuickLinks. A 1/4" Reese brand QuickLink is rated at 3500 pounds, while the 5/16" Reese brand is at 5000 pounds. I have 1/4" chains on my 17B, so if Escape gave me the Reese brand it would pass muster in California after all. I would imagine you got 5/16" chains for your 19.
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I think on some units ETI has separate, my 19 was separate, my 21 is on the bar. Looks like the 5/16" or greater is what you need. Now to find some made on this side of the ocean…..anyone have a source?
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