Surprisingly few people know about this particular tip. It’s simple and can potentially save a lot of hassle.
When attaching the safety chains to your tow vehicle, make sure the chains cross over each other. Simply, the left chain should hook into the right receiver eye and right chain into the left.
The great thing about this is that the crossed chains form a net which can then catch the trailer tongue in the event of it becoming loose. What’s more, you would still have an element of control over the trailer.
If the chains are not crossed then the trailer tongue will hit the ground – control would become rather difficult! So it’s fair to say that crossed chains are a very good idea if you want to avoid this problem when on the road.
Proper hook up Procedure
When it comes to hooking up your trailer, it’s just not worth taking risks. Take a look at our complete proper hook up procedure and feel confident knowing that your snowmobile is being transported as safely as possible:
- Avoid distraction – always complete the hook up procedure from start to finish
- Make sure the ball size (stamped on the top of the hitch ball) matches the size of the coupler
- When placing a ball clamp coupler onto your hitch, tighten it well and then give the trailer a shake before tightening the clamp again.
- To hook up a trailer with a latch style coupler, ensure the ball and the coupler are the same size. Then release the latch and place the coupler on the ball. Finally, close the latch and place a pin or lock to fasten it safely.
- Hook up the safety chains by crossing them (now you know why!) and hooking the left chain in the right receiver eye and the right chain in the left.
- Check that the safety chains have enough slack to turn, without dragging on the ground.
- Always attach running lights, brake lights and turn signals to your trailer. Check all lights before you drive away.
Once you’ve carried out the hook up, it’s definitely worth doing a quick walk around your vehicle to check that everything is set (and for peace of mind!). Check the hitch, wheel chocks, ramp, load security and for any items that may be left lying around.
If you follow this process then you should have no problems transporting your snowmobile to its destination. Happy travels!