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Do 5th Wheel Trailers Require the Use of Safety Chains

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Are safety chanes required on a fifth wheel hitch

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No, 5th wheel trailer connections do not require safety chains. Consumer 5th wheel applications connect to the truck the same way that big rigs connect to trailers and this is considered a secure enough connection to not require safety chains. Items that connect to a ball do require safety chains.

So if you are using the Ranch Hitch adapter # AM3139 as an example, you would need safety chains. You can then use the safety chain attachment, # AM3109.

You can also check the laws in your state and where you will be traveling to determine the specific laws.

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