Towing Chains and Cables
Safety cables are heavy-duty cables, and safety chains are durable metal links. As required by law, you will always need towing chains and cables when towing an RV. In case the coupler pops off the ball on the RV step bumper for whatever reason, it is still connected to the towing vehicle through the safety chains or cables until you can remedy the problem when you stop.
The purpose of these chains and cables is to support and catch the load of the trailer in the event that it gets unattached from the tow vehicle. When crossing the chains or cables below the RV coupler and using hooks to attach them to the tow vehicle, they become a safety net in an emergency as they catch the dislodged tongue.
Keep in mind that safety cables are not designed to carry a fallen recreational vehicle at great distances. However, they can prevent the vehicle from spinning off into oncoming traffic and crashing to the ground. This gives you enough time to pull over safely and find out why the load gets disconnected.
The towing chains and cables are designed to hold a specific amount of weight. Therefore, the cables should have the capacity that exceeds the gross trailer weight (GTW). When setting up your safety cables or chains, consider the type of hook you will use to attach them. You can use the slip hooks, quick links that close shut, or the S-hooks, which are a common option.
RV Part Shop has a variety of chains and safety cables available for use:
Bulldog/Fulton Safety Chain Class I GWR 2 000 Lbs. 72"
This Safety Chain is designed for Class I use. It comes with S-Hooks on both ends. At 2,000 lb., it is heavy-duty steel that has a zinc finished. Most states require the use of safety chains when towing. For added safety, cross chains wherever possible.
Equalizer/Fastway Chain-Up For Ball Mount
The Chain-Up Ball Mount from Equalizer/Fastway provides an easy method for dragging safety chains. When not in use, it lifts the chains off the ground and place them securely on top of the trailer tongue. Chain-Up is a one-time installation. It eliminates the risk of your chains dragging down.
Tie Down Engineering S Hook Chain Keeper
The patented S Hook Chain Keeper secures your chains by attaching them to the hook. It comes with 2 items per package.
Tie Down Engineering Hitch Cable C3 Black Vinyl
The Hitch Cable for Class 3 vehicles is a revolutionary material, as it is made to replace hose, and wire, and other traditional methods when guying or staking trees. It is easy to use, safe, and more affordable that tree ties.
JR products 3/16" Quick Links
These Quick Links are made of zinc plated steel and used for connecting towing chains. It comes 2 for every package. Several states require you to attach chain to your RV.
Buyers Products Safety Chain 3/8In X 35In
This item includes 43 proof coil, 35" chain, and 1 clevis style slip hook. It comes in MGTW 15,000 lbs., and designed for Class 4
Towing chains and cables should be part of your backup plan, regardless if the state mandates it or not.