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OK, I have a 2005 2500HD with a Unigoose hitch and no place to hook a set of safety chains. The only thing that sticks throught he bed is the ball that drops down into the hitch.

Anyone have a source or suggestion on how to add some safety chain anchors to my set up?

I have used the hitch twice for about a 10 mile tow, and took it slow and easy. If in the future I borrow that trailer again I want to be able to do it right and safe.

Thanks in advance
 

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Now they use that plate, the current hitch ball has a groove machined in it for the spring pins to retain the plate.

My hitch ball, circa 2005 does not have that groove, so I can not utilize the plate.
 

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Back to this question again, as I am buying the trailer I used to borrow from my brother in law.

Still in the same pickle. Uni-goose offered to sell me a new ball with the plate, for way too much $$.

Although that may be the best option, I'm resistant since I had to buy the hitch ball aftermarket already due to my used truck not having it included, but the hitch already installed.
 

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Simplest way is to make a cut in the bed where you can attach a shackle to the frame. Other option is a different ball with "new" plate.
Basically, you are screwed because the government decided to change rules and not grandfather trucks with GN hitches and no safety chain connection. I have pulled trailers that didn't even have safety or breakaway chains.
 

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Yeah that was kinda my thought.

Would a couple forged eye-bolts, in the 10000lb rating range work if fastened to the hitch frame below the bed? This would allow me to drill a couple simple holes in the bed and just have the eyes stick through, I know kinda of a pain but better than large holes in the bed. IMHO
 

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Yeah that was kinda my thought.

Would a couple forged eye-bolts, in the 10000lb rating range work if fastened to the hitch frame below the bed? This would allow me to drill a couple simple holes in the bed and just have the eyes stick through, I know kinda of a pain but better than large holes in the bed. IMHO
Yes. Make sure to use lock washers, tack welding after install works too.
 

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Another thought would be a set of D-rings with a backer plate that is fastened &/or welded to hitch frame.

These would be able to lay down and not be something to swear at everytime I don't have the trailer attached.

Thinking something like : McMaster-Carr
item number 3076T61
 

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Another thought would be a set of D-rings with a backer plate that is fastened &/or welded to hitch frame.

These would be able to lay down and not be something to swear at everytime I don't have the trailer attached.

Thinking something like : McMaster-Carr
item number 3076T61
That is what I have on the dually cuz the Prev owner put a POS gooseneck hitch in, and cut a humongous square hole in bed!
 

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Those tie downs came today.....VERY nicely made

Look forward to getting things fabed up /sturdier so they can be installed.
 

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Figured out I am going to use some 1-1/4" x 0.25" DOM tubing to make some stand off's / spacers for between my bed and hitch frame.

With grade8 hardware the weakest link will literally be the safety chains.
 
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