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Pretty good reason to use serious safety chains when towing.

Discussion in 'Gearheads' started by HoLeChit, Mar 16, 2021.

  1. skyhawk1

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    Oklahoma Trailer Hitch and Signal Laws

    Every trailer, semitrailer (unless drawn by a truck-tractor), or manufactured home shall be equipped with chains or cables to prevent parting from the towing vehicle in the event that the coupling device breaks or becomes disengaged; or chains, cables, or a safety device that provides strength, security of attachment, and directional stability equal to or greater than that provided by safety chains that prevent the parting from the towing vehicle.
     
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    When did that become law?

    I probably haven't pulled a trailer in a couple decades... :anyone:
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    Been a law as long as I can remember and that is a ways back
     
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    Here's the only legislation I've found with rules about chains. It's dated 1999, but I don't know if that's original or a carry-over from earlier legislation. :anyone:

    "STATE OF OKLAHOMA
    1st Session of the 47th Legislature (1999)
    SENATE BILL NO. 6 By: Taylor"

    Req. No. 24 Page 3

    F. Every trailer, semitrailer or manufactured home shall be
    equipped with a coupling device which shall be so designed and
    constructed that the trailer, semitrailer or manufactured home will
    follow substantially in the path of the vehicle drawing it without
    whipping or swerving from side to side. In addition, every such
    trailer, semitrailer or manufactured home, except a semitrailer
    drawn by a truck-tractor type designed to draw or support the front
    end of a semitrailer, shall be coupled with:

    1. Stay chains or cables to the vehicle by which it is being
    drawn, which chains or cable shall be of sufficient size and
    strength to prevent parting from the drawing vehicle, should the
    regular coupling device break or become otherwise disengaged; or

    2. Chains or cables or a safety device which provides strength,
    security of attachment and directional stability equal to or greater
    than that provided by safety chains and which prevent parting from
    the drawing vehicle should the regular coupling device break or
    otherwise become disengaged. This device shall be designed,
    constructed, and installed so that if the tow-bar fails or becomes
    disconnected the tow-bar will not drop to the ground.

    http://www.oklegislature.gov/cf_pdf/1999-00 INT/sb/sb6 int.pdf
     

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