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Gale25yrs
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February 13th, 2007, 4:49 am #21

In the old days almost all the trucks safety chains were attatched to the boom. Of course back then everything was tow barred so if it failed then the rig would still be somewhat hung from the booms but up against the tail board. Now day with under reaches and chains running longer to be able to turn could cause the wrecker to turn over if the boom were up too high.
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Stapleytowin
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February 13th, 2007, 6:14 am #22

Hey guys I saw somebody say about the saftey chains being high, is this wrong? they are loose, this is how we always saftey chained from our holmes. I saw Gale25years post, What should we be doing if this is incorrect. Thanks for help

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Gale25yrs
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February 13th, 2007, 6:26 am #23

Most of the rigs now have the safety chains on the tailboard about frame height. That way if there is a catostrophic failure of the hookup the safety chains with only pull the tail around rather than turning the rig over if it trys to go too far out sideways.

Just this morning I towed a 40' long 44,000 lb fire ladder truck. I had the forks under the axle around 110" out and in order to be able to turn I had the safety chains hooked at the front of the leaf springs, about 8' of chain. If I had an underlift failure I dont think there was enough slack for the rig to get out past my side but it sure would have been a wild ride.
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February 13th, 2007, 8:24 am #24

Thanks for sharing this info Gale25years, This is our first undereach, and we just saftey chainin, like we always did, I guess it was better than no saftey chain LOL

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TowZone
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March 30th, 2018, 10:15 pm #25

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