D-shackle Rumours Debunked
Rumours of police in several states clamping down on non-load-rated D-shackles being used to tow boats, caravans and other trailers are just that: rumours.
Many members of have raised concerns with RACV that they'd be fined for using what they thought was a common towing hitch component.
The Caravan Industry of Australia has told RACV various police and state transport departments have denied any sort of crackdown.
The CIA also confirms there is no specific requirement for D-shackles such as, when attaching a trailer to a tow bar. The Australian Standard on shackles (AS 2741-2002) only covers their use for lifting.
"Our understanding is that there is currently no regulations requiring shackles used on trailer safety chains to comply with the standard." says Stuart Lamont of the CIA. "However, some state authorities provide guidelines or advice for selecting suitable shackles."
Mr Lamont says the CIA does recommend using shackles that meet AS 2741-2002 to secure safety chains up to 3500 kg capacity.
The grade should be 'S' or '6', have a 10 mm diameter and a working load limit of 1000 kg.
Mr Lamont says either bow shackles or D-shackles are suitable, noting the the bow design provides greater angular uses.