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Where to Attach the Safety Chains After Installing the Fulton Fold-Away Coupler Hinge Kit

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i have installed a Fulton hinge on my boat trailer, and I want to know where the best location for the 2 links of chain?

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You will need to locate the safety chains before the cut that is made to install the Fold-Away Coupler Hinge, # FHDPB330301, to be in compliance with DOT regulations. Normally the chains are welded to the bottom or side of the trailer framing, and ran forward.

I would have a qualified weldor, weld a Safety Chain Loop, # E950, to the bottom of the trailer frame, before the fold way cut, and then attach safety chains, like part # 2118-348-04, with Safety Chain Quick Links, # 2114-553-04. You may also need to extend the original chains with quick links and added chain, like part # TR63035, which has 6 feet of chain.

In your case you may want to add a chain loop on the fold away section of the tongue, to keep the extra length of chain that is needed from dragging on the ground, see photo.

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