This is a picture showing how my father attached the new
safety chains to my '69 Scotty. It's pretty slick and is how I am doing the
safety chains on the '62 Shasta as well. It is a big bolt that goes all the
way through the coupler. The chain links are between two large washers and
there's a metal spacer between the washers and the coupler. There is no slack
- the chain links are firm and don't move loosely.
The purpose of safety chains is to keep your trailer attached to your car long enough for you to stop safely, should your trailer come off the hitch. Don't skimp on the chain or the proper hooks. Plain old "S" hooks and dog chain will not cut it. Buy the hooks that have the safety clasp on them. Bontragers sells a very nice chain with safety clasp for $5 per chain - so $10 for the set. It's a great investment.
If you didn't already know this, when you attach your chains
to the tow vehicle, cross them. That is, attach the left chain to the
car's right attachment and the right chain to the car's left. That way the
chains form a cradle and should anything happen where the hitch comes off
the car, the chains conceivably would hold the tongue up. In theory anyway...
This is 7/16" x 5" bolt
And, another variation. My hardware guy
didn't have the spacer so suggested using a larger nut - one that the bolt
just slips through, instead. Looks, and works, great!