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Old June 3rd, 2014, 08:28 PM   #1
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I borrowed my buddies tow bar and he had it setup that there was a pair of chains going from my truck to the tow bar and another pair going from the tow bar to the jeep. I just picked up my own tow bar and was wondering if this is the correct way to hookup the safety chains, or can I just use one set and connect them from my truck to the jeep instead.
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Old June 3rd, 2014, 09:40 PM   #2
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I hooked mine to the tow bar. Otherwise they would drag on the ground. You also want to support the tow bar from hitting the ground if it drops, just like crossing the chains on a trailer.
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So you had 4 chains total on yours? I wonder if I could just use two long ones truck to truck and then have them clipped to the tow bar in the middle for support and to hold the tow bar in case it drops.

I'm fine doing either one, just wondering.

Edit: Looking at all of the tow bar safety chain 'kits' for sale, they all come with 4 chains. Guess that answers my question too.

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No, I have 2 chains that go through retainer loops on the tow bar so they don't drag on the ground.
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I have chains at both the hitch and the bumper ends. The chains are in case the bar seprates from the tow vehicle. Since it is detachable at both the tow vehicle and the Jeep, the chains prevent the seperation. I have never had one of the pins on the Jeep end fail, but if it did, without the chain you would have a serious control issue.
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