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post #1 of 14 Old 03-13-2017, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Tow Safety Chains

I live in California and need to know about safety chains if I can use Straps instead of Chains or Cables for safe towing my XJ.. I don't want to get a ticket.


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post #2 of 14 Old 03-13-2017, 03:22 AM
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Why don't you just go to your local hardware store and get some chain? What's the reason for wanting to use something else? Most trailers should already have chain in place and ready to go.


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I don't have fixed locations on the XJ to mount them and thought if I secured them to the frame with welded mounts it would be easy. Chains would work as well as cable. Just toying with ideas on how to do it with options. Straps are thinner, lighter and as strong.

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Your hitch doesn't have chain loops?

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post #5 of 14 Old 03-14-2017, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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The motorhome has loops with the hitch for the safety chaines but my Cherokee has none. I will be towing the Cherokee with the motorhome.

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post #6 of 14 Old 03-15-2017, 05:45 AM
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Ohhhh, ok. I didn't understand this the first time when I read it. You are flat towing your XJ behind the motor home. I don't know the legality of using cables or rope in place of chain. Your tow bar doesn't have anywhere to attach a chain? All the ones I have ever seen have loops for chain.

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Yeah I've always seen the tow bars with the loops. My plan is to flat tow mine too. What tow setup are you using?

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post #8 of 14 Old 03-15-2017, 02:52 PM
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For flat towing, most tow bars have the safety chains included as part of the tow package. They attach (at least the ones I've used) to the tow bar, not the towed vehicle.

Check other towing laws also, here in Oregon the Cherokee is too heavy to tow four-down without a remote braking system (Brake Buddy or the like). These can cost nearly what a used trailer will run ya'.

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I was off base. I never towed a vehicle before so I was going from my experience with trailers and safety chains. Thanks for putting up with my malarkey. The safety chains do go from the Motorhome to the tow bar and not to the towed vehicle. Saves me a headache. I ordered a Smittybuilt 87450 Tow Bar yesterday and verified it will work with the Logan 3/4" D Ring bumper. Problem solved. Sorry if I confused anybody besides myself.
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post #10 of 14 Old 03-16-2017, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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I own a Brake Buddy too.

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post #11 of 14 Old 03-16-2017, 09:11 PM
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That's a good looking bumper.

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That's a good looking bumper.
x2 on that statement; appears to make hooking up easy-peasey. Shame you had to mar it with a license plate.

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Nice bumper.

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post #14 of 14 Old 03-26-2017, 07:16 AM
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Does that bumper tie farther back in the "frame" than the stock bumper? If not I'd come up with a way to do it.

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