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  • Determining the Correct Length for Safety Chains
  • There is no perfect calculation for safety chain length since it all depends on the setup you have. Safety chains should be crossed when attached, and also short enough to keep your coupler off of the ground should your trailer disconnect. They also need to have enough slack to allow for sharp turns. Since the greatest length will be from the safety chain attachment point to the connection on your vehicle during a sharp turn, this distance is what you need to measure. Attach your trailer...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2021 Ford F-150 With Roadmaster Falcon All-Terrain Tow Bar
  • We can get you set up to flat tow your 2021 Ford F-150, and you will need a number of parts, including base plates, in order to do so, though you do already have one with the Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar # RM-522. Along with the Roadmaster base plates you mentioned, the other things you will need are safety chains (if you don't have them), as well as a wiring kit, brake light relay, and supplemental braking system. I'll go ahead and list out the parts for you to...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2021 Jeep Wrangler With SmittyBilt Gen2 Front Bumper
  • We can get you all the parts needed to flat tow your 2021 Jeep Wrangler with a SmittyBilt Gen2 front bumper with 1 inch thick shackle mounts; what you'll need are an adapter that mounts to your bumper, a tow bar, safety chains, wiring, and a braking system. I'll make a list of the exact parts you'll need for your Jeep with the SmittyBilt bumper: - Adapter for Extended D-Ring Bumper Mounts to Roadmaster Motor Home Mount Tow Bars # RM65FR - Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain, Non-Binding...
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  • How to Attach Tow Bar Safety Cables When Using D-Ring Adapters
  • The best way to attach safety cables like # RM-643 would be to use safety cable extensions like # RM-910648-20 and loop them around the frame members just behind the bumper. This is confirmed by Roadmaster.
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  • What Parts do I Need to Flat-Tow My 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited?
  • We definitely have what you are looking for! When it comes to flat-towing your 2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara, you need to have need a base plate, a tow bar, safety cables, a tow braking system, and vehicle tow wiring. Since there are so many different types of front bumper options for 2014 Jeep Wranglers, I cannot determine what base plate you need. This is because different base plates are compatible with different bumpers. Also, with that being said, I cannot determine what tow...
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2021 Chevy Colorado Z71 4x4
  • So there are a number of different parts you will need in order to flat tow your 2021 Chevy Colorado Z71 with 4-wheel drive, and I recommend going with Roadmaster parts as they are well-known for their high quality flat towing parts. I'll make a list for you of the best options: - Base Plate Kit: Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM37VR - Tow Bar: Roadmaster BlackHawk 2 All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar # RM-422 - Safety Chains: RoadMaster 64" Double Hook, Straight Safety...
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  • Weight Capacity Per Cable And Hook Dimensions For Blue Ox, Roadmaster, And Demco Safety Cables
  • The weight capacity listed for cables is for the pair. For example the Blue Ox 7' Safety Cables - 7,500lbs # BX88196 you referenced would have a 3,750lb capacity per cable. Since Roadmaster doesn't have a 7,500lb cable I'm assuming you're referencing the RoadMaster 76" Single Hook, Straight Safety Cables # RM-645-76. I've drawn up some dimensions for these two cables as well as the Demco Coiled Safety Cables # DM9523003 you referenced below.
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  • Safety Cables to Use with Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain Tow Bar
  • A lot of people really like the coiled safety cables like the Roadmaster part # RM-643 since they are really easy to keep from dragging since the coils take up the extra slack and you can easily wrap them around the arms of the tow bar. These would work great with your Falcon All Terrain part # RM-522 and have the same weight capacity of 6,000 b as well.
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  • Safety Cables or Chains Rated for 16,000 lbs for 5th Wheel Towing
  • The highest rated safety cables we have are the Demco Straight Safety Cables # DM9523051 which measure 54" long and are rated for 14,000 lbs. For something rated at the 16,000lb weight limit you need chains like the Tow Ready Safety Chain Kit with Clevis Hooks # 49150. Standard 5th wheel trailers don't require safety chains so you will only need them if you're using an adapter like the Reese Goose Box 5th-Wheel-to-Gooseneck Air Ride Coupler Adapter # RP94716 that uses that gooseneck...
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  • Does Grille Need to be Trimmed to Mount Base Plate in 2008 Mini Cooper S Hardtop
  • While it doesn't need to be drilled, the lower front grille of your 2008 Mini Cooper S Hardtop does need to be trimmed in order to install the base plates that fit (unless you have the Sport suspension), which are the following part number: - Roadmaster EZ Base Plate Kit # 521877-1 This is necessary in order to allow the arms to protrude so the tow bar has a place to attach. Along with the base plates, the rest of the flat tow set up for your '08 Mini Cooper S Hardtop consists of...
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  • What is the Length of Replacement Safety Cables for Demco Dominator Tow Bar
  • The Demco Dominator Non-Binding Tow Bar # DM9511008 uses 54" safety cables. The original part is listed as #13273 Straight Safety Cable w/Hooks 54” with the replacement being the 54” Safety Cable Kit (complete) Standard # DM9523051 that you were looking at. This information may be referenced in the Demco Dominator operator manual.
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  • Recommended Safety Chain Cables For A 2022 Ford F-250 With A BW Hitch
  • When it comes to using safety chains on your 2022 Ford F-250 with a BW hitch The 40 inch Vinyl Coated Safety Cables with Clevis Hook (Qty. 2) by Dutton-Lainson, 6,500 pounds # DL20119 are confirmed to fit per the manufacturer. This kit includes a pair of 5/16 inch vinyl-coated cables with safety hooks at one end. These cables are to be used on trailers up to 6,500 pounds, the coil tension eliminates dragging and rattles. The cables extend up to 40 inches when straightened. I attached...
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  • Where to Install Safety Cables on Jeep Off Road Bumper When Using D-Ring Adapters
  • When using D-ring adapters to flat tow your Jeep like what it sounds like you're doing, safety cables will generally just need to be attached to the vehicle's frame. What you can do is use some short cables to wrap around each frame rail and then hold them together with quick links. You can then attach the safety cables from the RV to the quick links. I recommend using the Blue Ox Safety Cables # BX88208, as it includes two 3 foot long cables and 4 quick links. They feature a 10,000...
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  • Which Safety Cables for Use with Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar Towing 2020 Chevy Equinox
  • Picking out safety cables for a tow bar setup is more about the length of the tow bar since they are designed to span the distance between the tow vehicle and the towed vehicle. That said, the # RM-643 would work great with your Falcon 2 tow bar part # RM-520. If you have the Falcon 2 and the base plate kit part # RM-523193-5 you would not need additional pins to make that connection.
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  • Weight Capacity of Roadmaster 80" Coiled Safety Cables RM-653
  • The Roadmaster 80" Coiled Safety Cables - Double Hook part # RM-653 has a capacity of 10,000 lbs as a pair. They are designed for flat towing a vehicle. If you need more weight capacity in a cable, I recommend Demco coiled safety cables part # DM9523003 which can handle 14,000 lbs.
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  • Recommended 4 Pole Harness Mounting Bracket for Blue Ox Baseplate
  • I can help you get a mounting bracket on your Blue Ox baseplate for your 4 pole wiring harness. If your baseplate came with the bracket mounting prongs, then you will want to get # RM-A003801. If your baseplate did not come with this bracket then I recommend the Tow Ready # 18144 with the # 18140. You may need longer extension plate like # C57202 to allow the harness to stick far enough from the base plate. The brackets will attach with an included hose clamp. I've linked a video...
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  • How is Length of Base Plate Safety Cables Determined
  • The safety cables like the part # BX88207 are designed for securing between the tow vehicle and the base plate kit in the event the connection between the base plate and the vehicle fails. These are 36 inches long and are a common length that works well. I'd be willing to bet this would easily work for you but basically it's the distance from where the base plate kit attaches to the frame hole nearest so you might just check out your vehicle and see what distance would be ideal.
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  • Replacement Safety Cables for Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar with Blue Ox Base Plate Kit
  • We don't carry the exact replacement cables that are included with the Sterling tow bar. You can use the Blue Ox Safety Cables # BX88197 with your Blue Ox base plate kit.
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  • Recommended Safety Cable That Is At Least 64 Inches Long
  • The safety cables I highly recommend are from Roadmaster, the Single Hook, Straight Safety Cables. These cables are galvanized steel with a strong vinyl coating for protection and hooks that are forged steel for optimal strength. You can get them in either 64 inch or 76 inch lengths: - 64 Inches (Single Hook): Roadmaster 64" Single Hook, Straight Safety Cables - 8,000 lbs # RM-645 - 64 Inches (Double Hook): RoadMaster 64" Double Hook, Straight Safety Cables - 10,000 lbs # RM-648 -...
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  • Recommended Safety Cable Extensions When Rise or Drop is Required for Level Flat Towing
  • If you need to add just a little more length to safety cables like # RM-645 due to a high-low adapter, I recommend using the safety cable extensions. Based on your current cable capacity, we have the 10 inch # RM-650648-10 extensions. For a 4 inch drop these extensions will allow a little slack to meet your needs.
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  • Does the Falcon 2 Tow Bar Come with a Base Plate Kit for the Vehicle
  • Towing a vehicle requires a tow bar, base plate kit, wiring for taillights and safety cables. You should start with the base plate kit for the vehicle you will be towing. This is a custom fit bracket kit that attaches to the front of the towed vehicle. The tow bar does not include the base plate kit. You can use your vehicle year, make and model and by selecting Tow Bars on the left hand side of our home page, and then, Find Custom Base Plate Kits, at the top of the Tow Bars page. You will...
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  • Is the 10K Capacity of the RoadMaster 64 Double Hook, Straight Safety Cables Combined of Each
  • The RoadMaster 64" Double Hook, Straight Safety Cables part # RM-648 have a combined weight capacity of 10,000 lbs so 5,000 lbs each which is the highest available. This will be the same principal applied to all of Roadmaster's safety cables. I have attached a full list below.
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  • Can Safety Cables be Used Instead of Safety Chains on Trailer
  • Yes you can use safety cables in place of safety chains as long as they are rated for the weight of the trailer. Chains are typically a little easier to use in this application though since you can manipulate the length of them easier by twisting them but you can use a cable set like the part # C80151 if you wanted. These have a 5,000 lb capacity.
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  • Safety Chain Hooks Won't Fit Class V Trailer Hitch on a Chevy Silverado 3500HD
  • I have come across this issue before. What I recommended was to loop safety cables # RM-910648-12 through the hitch safety chain holes and hook the safety chains to the loops. The cables are rated for 8,000 pounds which is the highest for these short cables. There doesn't seem to be any hooks that will fit directly to the factory Class V hitch on your Chevy 3500.
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  • Replacement Safety Cables For My 2011 Chevrolet HHR That Measure 67 Inches
  • Since your original safety cables are 67 inches, I recommend The Roadmaster EZ Hook Safety Cables # RM-655-68. These cables are designed to work with all Roadmaster mounting brackets with quick-disconnects. The safety cables are aircraft type, galvanized steel with a drop-forged steel hook with spring loaded latches. The Roadmaster EZ Hook Safety Cables # RM-655-64 would be to short. I attached a review video link below.
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  • Can Bolt be Used to Attach Safety Chains to Trailer Frame
  • Yes, it is perfectly fine to use a bolt to attach the safety chains of your trailer. I would recommend taking the chains to your local hardware store and getting the largest diameter Grade 8 bolt that will fit into the chain links.
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  • How Long Should My Safety Chains Be?
  • This is a great question, and it really depends on your setup. If the safety chain loops on your tow vehicle are spaced far apart then you will need more slack to make a tight turn than if they were closer together. I recommend that you connect your trailer to your tow vehicle and back your trailer up into a near jack-knife position. You'll then want to use a rope to go from the safety chain attachment points of your trailer to your tow vehicle and then measure the length of rope that...
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  • Diameter of Loops of Curt Safety Cables
  • I had the end loops of the Curt safety cables, part # C80176, measured for you. At their widest points the inside measurement is 3/4 of an inch and the outside is 1-1/2 inches.
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  • Ignition Position For Flat Towing A 2015 Volkswagen Beetle
  • Putting the ignition into the ACC position prevents your steering column from locking up and will allow your wheels to turn freely as your motorhome turns. It has been recommended to keep the key in the ignition while in the ACC position to ensure your steering column stays unlocked. VW does not recommend flat towing but they have recommended a max speed of 65mph to prevent any steering issues, such as jackknifing or oversteering. So as long as your wheel can freely turn and you maintain...
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  • Do Curt Single Hook Coiled Safety Cables Meet Legal Requirements for Towing
  • As long as the 5,000 pound capacity for the Curt Single Hook Safety Cables # C80151 meets or exceeds your trailer's weight then they will indeed meet any local requirements with regards to safety chains or cables when towing. These cables have a nice coiled design that will help keep them off the ground and the nylon coating prevents any scratching and will protect the interior from rust or corrosion. I have attached a short video review that you can check out as well.
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  • Replacement Safety Cables for Blue Ox Tow Bar
  • It sounds like you have the Blue Ox Acclaim Tow Bar # BX4330 that comes with safety cables that use the rubber clasp like you are describing. We don't have a replacement clasp that will offer better protection from damage, so your best option will be to simply switch to different safety chains. I recommend the Blue Ox 7 Foot Safety Cables # BX88196. This chains feature the same S-hook but they use the more standard metal keepers to ensure a secure connection. They have a capacity of...
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  • Determining The Correct Safety Chains For 15' Car Trailer
  • I would be happy to help you find the correct rated safety chains for your 15' car trailer, but you will need to confirm the GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of your trailer to be sure the chain is rated properly. For example the Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables with S-Hooks - 42" Long - 7,500 lbs # C80176 are rated at 7500lbs, so if your trailers GVWR is less than 7500lbs this would be a great option. If your trailer has a GVWR over 7500lbs I recommend taking a look at the...
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  • Roadmaster Sterling All Terrain Tow Bar Safety Cables Replacement Recommendation
  • For the Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar the recommended length for replacement safety cables is 80 inches. Roadmaster lists the coiled cables part # RM-674 which are coiled only for a small portion of the cable and are straight for the rest of it.
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  • What is the Difference Between Coiled Safety Cables and Straight Safety Cables
  • The difference between coiled safety cables like # RM-643, and straight cables like # RM-645, other than the design, is the applications for which you would use each. For example, some tow bars, like # RM-422, have built in safety cable channels which would ideally work with straight cables. The channels hold the coils up so that they do not get caught on anything or drag on the ground. So for a tow bar with built-in channels, I recommend straight cables. Coiled safety cables are best...
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  • Can Safety Cables be Wrapped Around Trailer Tongue
  • Yes you can wrap your the Blue Ox 7' Safety Cables - 7,500 lbs # BX88196 or 10,000 lbs # BX88197 around the trailer tongue, though ideally you would use a mounting bracket like the Brophy Safety Chain Mounting Bracket - 6-1/8" Long x 1/2" Diameter # MB12 or 5/8" Diameter # MB58. I have added links to a couple video reviews for you to check out as well.
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  • Do Dutton-Lainson Safety Cables Need to Be Crossed When Connected to Tow Vehicle
  • Yes, you will want to cross the 40" Vinyl Coated Safety Cables with Clevis Hook (Qty. 2) by Dutton-Lainson, 6,500 lbs. # DL20119 when you're installing them. The idea behind this is that they will cradle the trailer tongue if it becomes disconnected, which will result in a safer stopping situation if you're able to do so quick enough. Attached is a review video for you to check out.
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  • Recommended Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2015 Kia Soul With Falcon 5250 Tow Bar
  • We can get you set up to flat tow your 2015 Kia Soul with your Roadmaster 5250 tow bar, including the base plates, portable braking system, and wiring. I'll make a list of the parts for you to make it easier. - Base Plate Kit: Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit # RM-522114-5 - Safety Chains: Roadmaster 80" Coiled Safety Cables # RM-653 - Wiring Kit: Roadmaster 4-Diode Universal Wiring Kit for Towed Vehicles - 7-Wire to 6-Wire Straight Cord # RM-152-98146-7 - Supplemental Braking...
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  • How To Measure For Correct Safety Chain Length For Trailer
  • To measure for safety chains you will want to have the trailer hooked up to your tow vehicle with it just about jack knifed as this is the furthest the safety chains will be stretched. You will measure from one side of the tongue where you will be attaching the safety chain to the opposite side of the tow vehicle chain loop. You want some slack so add a little bit of length to this measurement. Lastly you will need to know the weight of your loaded trailer and make sure the safety...
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  • Can I Use Double Hook Safety Cables with Roadmaster Sterling Tow Bar and Direct Connect Base Plates
  • Yes. You can really use any safety cables with your Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain # RM-576 as long as your base plates have a connection spot on them for the hooks; the Roadmaster Direct Connect Base Plates # RM-521446-5 for a 2018 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk have spots to connect hook ends on safety cables. You can use a set of double hook safety cables like the # RM-646 to connect from the RV to your base plates. If you've got a different year Cherokee Trailhawk and need help picking...
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  • Safety Cables to Flat Tow a Jeep Liberty Behind an RV
  • The safety cables I recommend the most are # RM-643. They are coiled but stretch out to 68 inches. The coiled design helps keep the cables off of the ground. If you want to go longer I recommend # RM-653. These are 80 inches long.
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  • Recommended Safety Chains For A 7,000 Pound Tandem Axle Trailer
  • The rating listed for a single chain, like the Curt # C80031 at 5,000 pounds of capacity, will double when two are used. So the # C80031 used as a pair will mean you would have 10,000 pounds of capacity. With that said, I am not a huge fan of the S-Hook design as it can be a pain to get the rubber retainer band piece over the hooks when it's cold out and they can break as well. If you are wanting something that has good capacity and has clevis hooks, which I prefer, check out the Reese...
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  • Straight or Coiled Cables for Falcon All-Terrain Tow Bar?
  • Because this tow bar has a built-in cable guide, I would go with the straight cables, part RM-645. The coiled cables might be a little hard to thread through the cable guide.
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  • Can I Use Safety Cables Instead of Safety Chains to Tow a 7300 lb Trailer
  • You can use safety cables instead of chains if your trailer is under the weight rating of the cable. The safety cables are made from nylon coated steel. I do not recommend using the Curt 7500 lb rated safety cable part # C80176 because that would be cutting it pretty close with the weight of your trailer. I recommend Blue Ox Hook Safety cables part # BX88197 that are rated for 10,000 lbs. The higher up you go in weight rating with safety cables the longer the cables get. The Blue Ox...
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  • 40 Vinyl Coated Safety Cables with Clevis Hook
  • Yes, the 40" Vinyl Coated Safety Cables with Clevis Hook (Qty. 2) by Dutton-Lainson, 6,500 lbs is labeled under Item # DL20119. This product is a pair of 5/16 " vinyl-coated cables with safety hooks at one end. These are for use on trailers up to 6,500 lbs. The coil tension eliminates dragging and rattles. The cables extend to 40" when straightened. This product meets SAE and V-5 standards.
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  • Solution to Allow Connection of Safety Chain Clevises to Larger Chain Loops on 2022 Winnebago Forza
  • I may have a solution for you, but I checked with my contact over at Roadmaster and there are unfortunately not different sized clevis hooks on their safety cables like the # RM-655. However, you may be able to use some quick links like the Quick Links - 1/2" Diameter - Qty 2 # 37201345 to allow you to connect to the larger safety chain loops on your 2022 Winnebago Forza; you can then connect your safety chain clevises to the quick link directly.
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  • Are the C80176 Safety Cables Rated for 7,500 lbs Together or Individually
  • The 7,500 lbs rating is determined for the Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables with S-Hooks # C80176 when they are used together.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2004 Saturn Vue Behind Motorhome
  • Flat towing a vehicle requires a number of components that include a tow bar, safety cables, a high/low hitch adapter, a wiring or lighting solution of some kind and on the towed car a set of base plates and a supplemental braking system. Each of these is covered in the linked overview article on flat towing. Other item-specific articles are linked for you too. Starting with base plates, you can use the linked page to select the version of the Vue you have. Use the drop-down menu tool...
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  • How to Install Safety Chains on a Trailer that Never Had Them Before
  • You would want to weld the Brophy Safety Chain Mounting Bracket part # MB38 to your trailer, then you would use the quick link part # C82932 to attach the safety chains part # C80176 to your trailer.
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  • Will Coiled Safety Cables Catch the Trailer Tongue Like Chains Would
  • Using cables such as # C80176 in place of chains is no different than using chains. You would still cross the cables under the tongue so that they will catch the tongue should the trailer come off of the ball. The cables are steel underneath the coating and they are quite firm so the tongue weight of the trailer would not be able to overcome the tension of the cables when the trailer is pulled away from the vehicle in an off-the-ball event just like chains.
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  • Dimensions of S-Hooks on the Curt # C80151 Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables
  • The S-Hooks on the Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables # C80151 have an opening of 13/16" so they will be slightly larger than the 3/4" diameter retention features on your OEM hitch. If you would like one that is a little larger than that we have the Curt # C80176 which has an opening of 7/8" (see attached photos).
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  • Diameter of Ferrule On the Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables C80151
  • I spoke with Curt and they informed me that the ferrule on the Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables part # C80151 is .59" diameter.
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  • Safety Chain Hooks Recommendation for 2016 Chevy Silverado Trailer Hitch
  • The 40" Vinyl Coated Safety Cables # DL20119 that you referenced would work on the safety chain loops of the hitch in the picture you attached. You would just need to push the clevis back on the hooks so that it could be slid through the safety chain loop.
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  • Trailer Safety Cables Will Not Fit Factory Class V Trailer Hitch on 2015 GMC Sierra 2500HD
  • I am not sure what the gross trailer weight is on what you are towing with your 2015 GMC Sierra 2500 but I have some option that could work. We have quick link # C82932 which is rated for 16,500 pounds break strength and 3,300 pound safe working load limit and has a 1/2 inch diameter. We also have # C81830 with a 15/32 inch diameter rated for 7,600 pounds per hook. These items would allow you to use the chains you have but you would need to go by the capacity of the lowest rated component.
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  • What Size is the Opening for the Eyes of Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables 80151
  • I went out to the warehouse and pulled a set of Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables # C80151 to measure the size of the eye opening for you. The width at the widest point is 0.65 inches (between 5/8 and 11/16 inches). And at the longest the opening is 1.37 inches (1-3/8 inches). With these measurements you should be able to determine if the bolt will go through.
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  • How to Secure a Vehicle on an 8 X 18-foot Wooden Deck Car Hauler Trailer
  • To secure your vehicle on the wood deck of your 8 X 18-foot car hauler trailer I suggest you consider straps rather than chains. Straps offer lighter weight, reduced chance for scratching the vehicle and are often easier to use than chains. They also will not corrode like chains. The Dutton-Lainson 40-inch cables you referenced are intended for use with tow bars for flat-towed vehicles. We have better options for you. For example, we offer the Erickson Car Tie Down, part # 58503. It...
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  • Recommended Bed Mat to Protect Bed From Safety Chains for a 2022 Ram 3500 8 Bed
  • I have a solution for you but the Demco Straight Safety Cables item # DM9523055 are only for flat towing. You can't use safety cables in place of safety chains for an in bed hitch. They're not rated for that, it will void any warranty, and it's against the law. Instead you will want to use the DeeZee Custom-Fit Truck Bed Mat item # DZ86916. This mat is custom fit for your Ram 3500's 8' bed. You'll need to cut out the holes for the puck system. We have had multiple customers do this...
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  • How to Select the Proper Length Safety Chains for a Trailer
  • It really depends on your setup, if the safety chain loops on your tow vehicle are spaced far apart then you will need more slack to make a tight turn then if they were closer together. What I would recommend you do is connect your trailer to your tow vehicle, back your trailer up into a near jack-knife position and then use a rope to go from the safety chain attachment points of your trailer to your tow vehicle. Now measure the length of rope that was used and that would be the correct...
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  • Can a Coiled Safety Cable Be Threaded Through The Guides of a Roadmaster Falcon Tow Bar
  • You are half right. I spoke with my contact at Roadmaster and you can run coiled safety cables like the part # RM-643 through the safety cable guides of a Roadmaster Falcon tow bar part # RM-522, it is just more difficult and not the recommended way. However, you are totally right and the cables should cross right behind the tow vehicle for if the tow bar was to become unattached.
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  • Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables with S-Hooks
  • The Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables with S-Hooks, # C80151 fulfills the requirement of most states that chains/ safety cables are used to act as a backup if your trailer becomes separated from your vehicle. If hey prevent the towed item from making contact with ground is completely dependent on the distance between each vehicle for your specific application and the height from road surface. Proper installation is to run the cable that is installed on the right side of your trailer...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing Parts for a 2023 Chevy Trailblazer
  • Since you already have a Blue Ox tow bar you will want the Blue Ox Base Plate Kit item # BLU49FR. This kit is confirmed to fit all models of the 2023 Trailblazer, RS, L, LS, LT, and ACTIV. This base plate has removable arms that will work with most Blue Ox tow bars. Here are some other parts you will need to flat tow your 2023 Chevy Trailblazer: Safety Chains - Roadmaster item # RM-643 Wiring Harness - Roadmaster Smart Diode 7-Wire to 6-Wire Wiring Kit for Variable Voltage Incandescent...
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  • Recommended Flat Towing Parts for a 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • There are a couple of baseplate options depending on which tow bar you are using but none of them allow you to retain the use of your tow hooks. The baseplates install where they are mounted to the frame so the tow hooks must be removed. To flat tow your 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee you will need the following parts: Tow Bar and Safety Chains - Roadmaster Falcon 2 Tow Bar item # RM-520 and item # RM-643 Base Plate Kit - Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit - Removable Arms item...
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  • Is the Weight Capacity of the 7,500 lb Curt Single Hook Safety Cables with S-Hooks for the Pair
  • The Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables with S-Hooks part # C80176 have a combined weight capacity of 7,500 lbs. The only option if you need to go much higher are safety chains like the Safety Chain with Clevis Hook part # FCHA0050324. I have attached our full list of safety chains below.
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  • Are Safety Chains Needed When 7,000 lb Towing Trailer
  • Safety chains are required by law in many different places, and in order to find out about the specific regulations you will need to contact your local DMV. I will say that no matter what the law may be, safety chains are a very good idea, no matter what speed you are travelling because they ensure your trailer isn't going to become disconnected and cause a potentially serious accident. When considering the cost and ease of use for safety chains relative to what could happen without...
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  • Can Safety Cables be Used in Place of Safety Chains when Towing a Trailer
  • Yes, you could use the coiled safety cables # RM-643 in place of safety chains when towing your trailer. Just make sure that the trailer is under the 6,000 pound capacity of the cables.
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  • Recommended Safety Chain Extension For 5/16 Inch Chains
  • To extend your chains, I recommend the 40" Vinyl Coated Safety Cables with Clevis Hook (Qty. 2) by Dutton-Lainson, 6,500 lbs. # DL20119. They require 5/8 inch diameter bolts, flat washers and locknuts to mount. Another option is to use the 35" Long Safety Chain with Clevis Slip Hook, 5,400 lbs. # 1483-535-04 and can be installed using the same hardware listed above.
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  • Which Way Do the S-Hooks Need To Face When Attaching To Trailer Hitch Safety Chain Hoops
  • I have attached a photo for you below that shows which way the s-hooks should face when attached to the safety chain loops on a trailer hitch. The photo example is using the Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables with S-Hooks part # C80176 for reference. That said, if the s-hooks have the keeper attached then it should not really matter which way they face.
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  • How Long Should Safety Chains Be for Trailer
  • Since safety chains pivot underneath the trailer when making turns it's typically not a situation where a significant length of safety chain is needed to allow sharp turns to be made. Basically you'd want to measure the distance between the safety chain loop on the trailer and the loops of the hitch and give yourself and additional bit of slack. The part # C80136 measures 42 inches and is coiled too to keep it off of the ground.
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  • How is the Load Rating for the Curt Safety Cables C80176 Determined
  • As a pair the Curt Single Hook Safety Cables part # C80176 are rated for 7,500 lbs. This would be considered the "tow rating".
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  • Weight Capacity of Curt Single Hook Coiled Safety Cables
  • The Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables with S-Hooks # C80176 has the weight capacity of 7500 lbs rated on using both safety cables. Individually, they would logically be 1/2 that capacity but using only one cable is not recommended so they are not individually rated at all.
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  • Can 42 Inch Long Coiled Safety Cables be Used in Place of 30 Inch Long Chains
  • Since the Curt safety cables # C80176 are coiled the extra length will not be a problem. The coiled design will keep them off of the ground! I have linked a video review below of these cables for you.
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  • Warranty of Roadmaster Falcon All-Terrain Tow Bar & How do Cables go Through Channels
  • The Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar # RM-522 has a lifetime warranty. And as for safety cables like # RM-645 and a wiring kit like # RM-152-98146-7 you will simply push them right through the channels of the Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow Bar # RM-522. The channels on the Falcon # RM-522 are open on both ends, and generally people will feed the wiring and chains through once and leave them in the channels rather than push them through each time they...
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  • Replacement Base Plate Safety Cables for Flat Towing a 2002 Honda CR-V
  • I have at least one solution for you. I recommend using the Roadmaster 68" Single Hook Coiled Safety Cables # RM-643, since the coiled design will keep them from dragging on the road behind your RV. These cables have a 6000-lbs capacity and should work well for your 2002 Honda CR-V. If you actually need the cables that attach to the base plates around the frame of your vehicle that normally come with your Blue Ox base plates you'll want to use the Blue Ox Permanent Base Plate Safety...
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  • Are the Roadmaster part # RM-655-76 the same as 910650-76
  • The safety cables by Roadmaster part # RM-655-76 and the 910650-76 are the same cables. The difference is the # RM-655-76 is for a pair and the other is a single.
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  • Recommended Flat Towing Equipment For A 2017 Chevy Traverse
  • The first thing to check when you're wanting to flat tow your vehicle is your owners manual. There will be a sectional usually labeled as "Recreational Towing" that will state if your vehicle is able to be flat towed and what steps have to be followed to ensure the safety of your vehicle. You'll need a tow bar, tow bar wiring kit, base plate, braking system, and safety cables. I have the following recommendations for you below: Tow Bar: Roadmaster Falcon All Terrain, Non-Binding Tow...
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  • Safety Cable W/ S-Hook for Thick Safety Chain Connection Point On 2020 Ford F-350
  • The S-Hooks on the Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables with S-Hooks # C80176 you were looking at have an opening of 7/8" which is the largest S-Hook we offer, and should work great on the thicker safety chain connection point on your 2020 Ford F-350. I included a video of the Curt # C80176 for you to take a look at.
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  • Safety Cable for Use with Roadmaster Direct Connect Base Plate Kit for 2014 Honda CR-V
  • For safety cables to be used with your Roadmaster direct base plate kit # RM-521567-4 the safety cables you'd want are the Roadmaster coiled cables # RM-643. Since they are coiled it's easy to keep them off the ground and they also have a 6k capacity.
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  • Parts Needed to Flat Tow 2004 Ford E150 Econoline Van Behind Motorhome
  • We can help you with selection of each of the components required for safe and legal flat towing of a vehicle behind your motorhome. These include a tow bar, safety cables like the Roadmaster # RM-645 you referenced, a wiring/lighting solution, high/low hitch adapter, wiring extension and base plates and a braking system for the towed vehicle. A good starting point for you is the linked article that covers each of these items in detail. You'll also want to check your van and motorhome...
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  • Will Curt Safety Cables C80176 Work on a Trailer with 24 Inch Folding Tongue Extension
  • It really depends on where the safety chain mounts are on the trailer. At 42 inches long safety cables # C80176 are good for at least 21 inches but ultimately it depends on where the safety chain mounts are on the trailer side. If they are right behind the hinge then a 24 inch length would not be an issue. If the mounts are off to the side or much further back then there could be issues when making turns.
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  • Parts Needed to Tow 2020 Chevy Equinox With Roadmaster Stowmaster 5000 Tow Bar
  • You can use the Roadmaster Stowmaster 5000 tow bar, and by drawbar I assume you mean base plates for your 2020 Chevy Equinox. The Stowmaster 5000 is compatible, but you do need specific base plates for your Equinox, which are the Roadmaster Crossbar-Style Base Plate Kit # RM-523193-4. Along with the base plates and your Stowmaster 5000 tow bar, there are a few other parts you will need in order to flat tow your 2020 Equinox: - Safety Chains: Roadmaster 80" Coiled Safety Cables # RM-653 -...
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  • Do S Hook Safety Chains Require Wire Keepers When Attaching to Vehicle Safety Chain Loops
  • As long as the S of the hook fits over the safety chain loop a wire keeper isn't exactly required. It wouldn't hurt but I've towed hundreds of time with a safety chain setup that had S-hooks without keepers and the chains never disconnected.
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  • How to Use the Curt Safety Chains # C80176 on a Trailer
  • There's really no secret to it. You would just run the cable that is installed on the right side of your trailer to the safety chain loop on the left side of your tow vehicle and vice versa for the other side. The # C80176 would install on your trailer in the same way as the safety chains that were previously on the trailer.
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  • What Is Needed To Flat-Tow 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer
  • When you are flat-towing any vehicle there are 5 things needed to complete the setup. You need the base plates mounted on the front of the towed vehicle, the tow bar that is compatible with the base plates, safety chains, wiring for lights on the towed vehicle, and most states not require a supplemental brake system. We offer two base plate systems for a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer. If you let me know who the manufacturer is of the base plates you have for your Trailblazer, I can recommend...
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  • S-Hook Dimensions of the Curt Single Hook Coiled Safety Cables
  • I have attached a dimensional photo of the Curt Single Hook Coiled Safety Cables with S-Hooks part # C80151 and the larger Curt Single Hook Coiled Safety Cables with S-Hooks part # C80176 for you as it would be a bit difficult to explain the dimensions via text. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask. One of these options should work with the safety chain loops on your 2019 Honda Ridgeline but if not you would want to use a clevis style type hook like the Long Safety Chain...
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  • Dimensions And Capacities Of Blue Ox 3 Foot Safety Cables # BX88208
  • On the Blue Ox 3 Foot Safety Cables - 10,000 lbs - Qty 2 # BX88208, I reached out to my contact at the manufacturer and the 10,000 lb rating is for each cable. This is not rated on what they are able to tow. They don't have a rating for working load because these cables are only intended for use in the emergency situation. They couldn't give me a break strength rating. I went out to our warehouse and measured the Quick Links for you. They are 1/2 inch in diameter and have an opening...
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  • How To Use the RoadMaster Single Hook Safety Cables With Large Clevis On Jeep Bumper
  • The best option I have for you to use the RoadMaster 76" Single Hook, Straight Safety Cables part # RM-645-76 with the larger clevis on your Jeep would be to install a larger hook on the safety cables. For this, we have 1/2" options like part # TCSLIP-G70-13-L as well as 5/8" options like part # C81920.
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  • Where are Roadmaster 64 Inch Safety Cables Measured From?
  • The Roadmaster 64" Single Hook, Straight Safety Cables # RM-645 is the overall length of the unit. If you are at all concerned with the amount of length I highly recommend going to a longer cable such as the 76" # RM-645-76 or the 80" Double Hook # RM-674.
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  • Recommended Safety Chains for Curt Ball and Safety Chain Loops Kit # C60618
  • The opening width of the S-Hook on the Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables # C80176 referenced in your question is 3/4 inches and are not big enough to fit around the thicker side of the Curt Safety Chain Loops # C60618. These have a weight capacity of 7,500 pounds. For higher rated safety chains with clevis hooks that are compatible with the Curt Chain Loops, I recommend the Tow Ready Safety Chain Kit # 49150. These 44 inch chains have a weight capacity of 16,000 pounds. I recommend...
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  • Country of Origin of Dutton-Lainson # DL20119 Safety Cables
  • According to my contact at Dutton-Lainson, the # DL20119 Safety Cables are manufactured in Taiwan. We have several safety cable kits from Roadmaster that are manufactured in the USA, you can see them by clicking the provided link. The Roadmaster # RM-643 safety cables would be closest to the ones you mentioned.
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  • Where to Measure to Determine How Much Rise/Drop Is Needed for Ball Mount
  • I attached an FAQ that details how to pick out the correct ball mount. Picking out the correct ball mount will allow your trailer to sit as level as possible. Basically you will first measure the height from the ground to the top of the receiver opening on the hitch while on level ground. Next, you will measure the coupler height from the ground to the bottom of the trailer coupler when the trailer is on level ground. Next, you will need to compute the difference. If the hitch height...
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  • Is There An Adapter For a Blue Ox Aventa II Tow Bar To Roadmaster Base Plate For 2005 Jeep Wrangler
  • Yes, to mount your Blue Ox Aventa II Tow Bar to a Roadmaster baseplate, you will need the RoadMaster Base Plate to Blue Ox and Demco Tow Bar Adapter, part # RM-033. The Roadmaster Base Plate that will fit your vehicle is the Roadmaster XL Base Plate Kit, part # 1424-1 and is compatible with Roadmaster Base Plate Tow Bar Adapater, part # RM-033. In addition to part # RM-033, I would recommend the Roadmaster Tow Bar Quick Disconnect Kit, part # RM-201 for quick attachment and disconnection...
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  • Are there Safety Cables that are Shorter than 42 Inches
  • We have some 40 inch cables from Dutton-Lainson # DL20119. These are the shortest safety cables that we have. We do have shorter safety chains; the shortest is # 2118-605-04 at 27 inches. I have linked the safety chains and cables for you.
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  • Recommended Flat-Towing Components For 2014 Scion xB
  • We do offer base plates designed to fit your 2014 Scion xB if it has no foglights. I do recommend you contact your dealership to see if flat-towing your Scion is allowed or what restrictions there are when towing. I actually pulled up a copy of the owner's manual and there is a second printing as of March 2014. From what I can tell the manual transmission xB can be flat-towed with all 4 wheels down. If you find you can flat-tow your xB, there are 5 items you need to properly tow a vehicle....
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  • Do I Need Cable Extensions for Trailer Safety Chains on 2021 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • It does look like the 40" Vinyl Coated Safety Cables with Clevis Hook # DL20119 have an issue fitting the Silverado safety chain loops so I do recommend picking up the Cable Extensions # RM-910648-12 which you can loop through the safety chain connection points and then hook the safety chains to the extensions. Attached are some review videos for you to check out.
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  • Proper Safety Cables to Use with the Roadmaster Direct-Connect Base Plate
  • I spoke with Roadmaster to help with this, and we have a solution. The EZ Hook Safety Cables, part # RM-655, are not compatible with the Direct-Connect Base Plate Kit for the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse, part # RM-523200-5. The Base Plate you have does not have a spot for the anchors of the cables to mount to. Instead, use the Single Hook Cables, part # RM-645. I've linked to a video installation of these cables so you can see how they work.
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  • Using Safety Cables or Chains with Titan Swing Away Actuator on Trailer
  • Safety chains and cables, such as the Curt Single Hook # C80136, are generally attached to the trailer itself and not the coupler. If your trailer does not have any good mounts on which to attach the cables, you can install some like the Brophy Mounting Bracket # MB12. I have attached a short video demonstration on this part that you can also check out.
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  • What Quick Links Are Supplied with Curt Single Hook Coiled Safety Cables # C80136
  • The quick link included with Curt Single Hook Coiled Safety Cables # C80136 is their part # C81840. This it rated for 3500-lbs. This item is sold individually so you'll need to order two for a set of safety cables. Curt also offer a higher-rated item, part # C81830, rated for 7600-lbs. We also offer links like # C82932 from Curt.
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  • Replacement Arms for 1424-1 Base Plates on 2000 Jeep Wrangler Sahara
  • First let's start with the arms, and to get replacement arms for your 1424-1 you will need the Roadmaster Replacement Arms for Base Plate Kits # RM-ARMS. Since you already have a tow bar and tow bar wiring there are just a few other parts you need: - Safety Chains: Roadmaster 68" Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables # RM-643 - Supplemental Braking System: Roadmaster InvisiBrake Supplemental Braking System # RM-8700 - Roadmaster Brake-Lite Relay Kit for Towed Vehicles # RM-88400 You...
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  • Size of S-Hooks on the Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables Part # C80136 and Part # C80176
  • The Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables part # C80136 contain s-hooks that are 3/8" diameter and the Curt Single Hook, Coiled Safety Cables part # C80176 contain s-hooks that are 1/2" diameter. The 3/8" diameter s-hooks would be much too small for the safety chain loops on your 2-1/2" trailer hitch but the 1/2" ones should work well for you. They have a 7,500 lb capacity and measure 42" long. I have attached a review video for you.
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  • Longer Coiled Safety Cables to Use with Demco Excali-Bar and High Low Adapter
  • We do have longer safety cables like the Blue Ox 7 ft coiled cables part # BX88197 which will be much longer than what you have now but since they are coiled you wouldn't have to worry about them being so long that they'd drag since the coils pull them tight enough to prevent that.
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  • Is Vinyl Coated Safety Cables # DL20119 Clevis or Eye Slip Hook
  • A hook can be classified as a slip hook or a grab hook and that is determined by the inside shape of the hook (there are other types as well, just ask any rigger or logger). A grab hook is made to lock in to a link on a chain and stay put. A slip hook is rounded and designed to allow a chain to "slip" through it. Clevis or Eye refers to the other end of the hook and is very specific. An Eye hook has a closed circle (like the one on this product). A Clevis hook has a clevis pin that can...
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