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Are Two Trailer Safety Chains Really Necessary

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I have a 4x8 flatbed utility trailer with very small wheels.Do i have to have 2 safety chains or will just one do?

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You do indeed need two safety chains. When the safety chains are attached to the tow vehicle, they should be crossed below the coupler in an X pattern. This is done so that if the coupler should come off of the trailer ball, the crossed safety chains can provide a cradle for the coupler to land in. This will keep the coupler from hitting the ground and possibly getting snagged in a pothole, which would be a very very bad thing.

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