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PostSubject: Safety Chains   Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:41 am

i recently lost a 18 foot trailer going after a sailboat three states away. It was the first sailboat I seen of the Clipper Marine brand. It is where my interest in CM's started.

30 miles from my destation, in the rain, somewhere in OK City, I dropped my trailer at 65mph. On the interstate. The countryside just swallowed it up. Vanished

Don't know if it is in the trees, or repainted with a new owner?

Anyway, I learned a valuable lesson. Safety chains to the trailer receiver do nothing if the receiver falls off. I now safety chain all trailers to the frame of the truck. I pull lots of trailers. I own several trailers, from small lawmower size to 48 foot semi. In the future, if it has a ball on the trailer, safety chain to the frame. My dropped trailer did not have brakes. It was an older trailer before dot rules pretty much required that feature. I replaced the trailer with another older trailer (cheapskate) this time a triple axel, but I am not loosing another trailer again, I hope. I also now have full coverage insurance on my trailers, where before I had only liability.

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PostSubject: Re: Safety Chains   Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:08 am

I know the kind of which you speak. They have the cheesy little hoops of rod welded under the receiver. Probably OK for a lawn mower trailer. Dedicated "D" rings attached to the bumper or frame are the way to go and I don't recommend most factory bumpers. Keep in mind frames are not to be welded to. They are heat treated and welding to them will crystalize the metal and cause the frame to crack. You mention insurance, welding to the frame will void it as will most home modifications. Go to a competant weld/Fab shop unless you have a proven track record for these types of mods.

Understand you do Gary, I'm speaking to the masses here. Safety chains and their attachment points are there not just to keep your trailer from being wrecked but to SAVE LIVES. When I was a welder I saw some crazy shit come in, and scary. I have seen adequate chains that had no hooks so they were WIRED to the bumper to "look" legal!! Tell that to a widow, "well it looked legal right before the trailer became a 60 MPH jugernaut and slamed into your oncoming husbands motorcycle".


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PostSubject: Re: Safety Chains   Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:10 am

The hitch receiver I had was bolted to the frame, and where it was steel welded to steel, the welds broke letting 90% of the receiver fall off, safety chains, and trailer also. The part bolted to the truck was still attached. Very sad affair. Good note, no one was killed or no property damage. Just a lost trailer in the forests / rivers of OK city somewhere.

Here is the truck that lost the trailer and this is the load I went to get. Someone was giving away this CM 30. I was heart sick when I could not complete the deal because of the broken welds. The guy gave the boat to someone else.


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PostSubject: Re: Safety Chains   Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:53 am

Got the truck receiver rebuilt today. Not an off the shelf part. Full size semi's do not tend to have bumper hitches for sailboats.

Spend the whole day with the welder, helping him, and making suggestions. The man is 75 years old. He is a retired police chief with a full machine shop in his buildings behind his house. He wanted to charge me $40 bucks, but I gave him a hundred. I paid for the materials and let him keep the extra steel we did not use.

Glad that is over.

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PostSubject: Re: Safety Chains   Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:36 am

Excellent!! Now swing through Wisconsin, hook up to Gone and bring her on down here to us. Why test a new receiver hauling your own load eh? jocolor

Sounds like you have a great guy to deal with, hard to find.

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