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Old 02-25-2018, 02:05 AM   #1
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To chain or not to chain?

First, when towing your 5er do you use safety chains? Are they required in any state that you know of?
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First, when towing your 5er do you use safety chains? Are they required in any state that you know of?


Why would you not safety chain? I would think the safety part would be important to everyone...


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Old 02-25-2018, 05:45 AM   #3
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They are required in Washington State if you use an Andersen hitch.



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Old 02-25-2018, 11:13 AM   #4
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My 3990 with AirRide doesn't have a place for them, nor does my Reese hitch that I'm aware of. Bottom line, no chains, just emergency brake line.
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Why would you not safety chain? I would think the safety part would be important to everyone...


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Some do some don't. Just don't see a lot on 5th wheel setups, hence the question.


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A 5th Wheel hitch does not require chains in any state. A gooseneck/Anderson should have chains. Even if they aren't specifically required.
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Ok so I use an Anderson and will use chains. Sold my older heavy Anderson Ultimate Hitch for twice what I paid for it and picked up a brand new light weight Anderson with a chain plate. Will install tonight and take picures. Thanks everyone for your response.

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Chains on a 5th wheel? Never heard of it. They have a breakaway cable that applies the trailer brakes if the trailer comes unhitched.
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