How to Fix Trailer Chain Dragging

If you own a trailer, you know that chain dragging can be a huge problem. Not only does it cause a lot of loud rattling and sparks, but it can also wear down your chains, leading to a cycle of replacing and wearing down your chains again and again. Fortunately, there are a few simple steps you can take to fix this issue. Let's dive in and learn how to resolve chain dragging problems with your trailer.

Understanding the Problem

The most common cause of trailer chain dragging is improper tension for the chain. The chains that connect a trailer to its tow vehicle need to be installed firmly enough to prevent any slippage but loose enough to allow smooth operation without jolting or jerking. When the load needs to be balanced, use a weight distribution hitch like Fastway’s E2 hitch. Your safety chains are intended to be slack, so sometimes trailer chain dragging will be inevitable without a chain holder.

Fixing a Damaged Trailer Chain

If your trailer chain has become damaged due to age or wear-and-tear, then you'll need to replace it as soon as possible. Start by disconnecting both ends of the old chain using suitable tools such as pliers or wrenches depending on the type of fastener used (e.g., carabiners). Once disconnected, measure out an appropriate length of new replacement chain (make sure it’s long enough!) and attach one end securely using either carabiners or other secure fasteners such as bolts and nuts with washers included for added strength. Repeat this process for the other end of the replacement chain until both ends are securely attached and ready for use.

The Trailer Chain Holder That’s Right For You.

Fastway Trailer Products’ CHAIN UP Safety Chain Holder is the best way to eliminate clanking and dragging of safety chains while on the open road. The Chain Up comes in two models’ one for a stand-alone ball mount and another for a weight distribution style hitch head. Before purchasing a trailer chain holder, be sure you’re purchasing the model that is best intended for your setup. For a side by side comparison, check out the video below.

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