How to Extend a Short Chain for Safe Towing: Tips on Using Hammerlocks and Hooks

When it comes to towing, having the right equipment is crucial for a safe and successful trip. One important component is the hammerlock, what do you do if you find yourself in a situation where your chain is too short?

If your chain is significantly shorter than needed, a setup of two hammerlocks plus a hook, slip hook, or safety hook can effectively extend it. This setup can be more effective than simply using a hammerlock and hook, as it provides more length and flexibility.

hammerlocks plus a slip hook
hammerlocks plus a safety hook

When choosing your hammerlock and hook setup, it's important to consider the minimum breaking force, which should be at least 1.5 times the Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM) of your trailer. From there, you can choose the appropriate size and ensure that the entire setup is strong enough to handle the weight of your trailer.

Remember, the weakest link determines the minimum breaking strength of the entire setup. By choosing the right setup and following guidelines for safe towing, you can ensure a successful and stress-free trip.Β 

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