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Hi Guys! OK, this might sound mundane. But is actually a significant safety question!

Does anyone know / have photo's etc. Of Dodge command cars Towing Hook mounting bolts? I ask as I have a 1 Ton Ben Hur Trailer. Which comes with safety chains & Hooks. I have never seen a command car fitted with two lower 'Loop' mounting bolts. To accept the hooks on the Trailer chains!

Therefore, when your towing a loaded trailer to a show. Obviously safety is one of the paramount considerations to be borne in mind!

If this was the case, I was thinking of fitting a pair of jeep eyebolts to my Command car for this reason.

I await your feedback gentlemen!

Kind regards to all contributing Members! 👍

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I don't think CC's had them.

But as you stated installing your own would be a wise thing to do. Jeep bolts might be a bit too lightweight though. Maybe weld some form modern bolts or eyes?

 

Years ago I was nearly run over by a runaway horse trailer that uncoupled itself from a car in a corner.

(No, there was no horse in it at the time).

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I have absolutely no knowledge of these vehicles but later trucks such as CUCV used holes in plates at the tow hitch to hook the chains into.  It could be a backing plate folded at the bottom to give two holes on the flat. If that makes any sense...

Or, two loops welded onto the bottom of the backing plate, I think a MUTT I once had used that.

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48 minutes ago, Mk3iain said:

I have absolutely no knowledge of these vehicles but later trucks such as CUCV used holes in plates at the tow hitch to hook the chains into.  It could be a backing plate folded at the bottom to give two holes on the flat. If that makes any sense...

Or, two loops welded onto the bottom of the backing plate, I think a MUTT I once had used that.

Yes a bit like a Land rover defender plate as standard. I would hope to avoid that, & get some eyebolts as Enigma has suggested.

Thanks for your input though.

Mike.

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1 hour ago, Enigma said:

I don't think CC's had them.

But as you stated installing your own would be a wise thing to do. Jeep bolts might be a bit too lightweight though. Maybe weld some form modern bolts or eyes?

 

Years ago I was nearly run over by a runaway horse trailer that uncoupled itself from a car in a corner.

(No, there was no horse in it at the time).

I agree, I don't think CC's had them either? Do you know if weapons carrier's did?

Or did Jimmy's have eyebolts, as they did also Tow Ben Hur trailers. If that was the case, I would need to source a couple of those I Guess?

Regarding the Horsebox incident. I think that is one of the reasons it is law now on modern trailers. To have a brake away cable coupled to the handbrake system. It makes perfect sense when you think about it!.....

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Looked on the web. No pics of the tow hitch on a jimmy close up. found a couple of video's of Jimmy's being restored. & From what i observed the tow hitch is larger & swivels. But NO sign of any eyebolts for trailer chains?...

Which opens another question: What ww2 vehicles that towed a Ben Hur 1 Ton Trailer's. Actually DID have eyebolts for the Hitch?...... Perplexing, or what?...😣

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