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You don't muscle the trailer up the ramp with the chains. You attach chains to trailer and truck and pull out that way. At least that's what I would do.
One of the guys in our club had the extension built right into his trailer. Would sit right next to the main hitch and then he needed it he would pull it out. His trailer also had a built in dolly. Based on my experience I wouldn't use chain between the truck and trailer. In our setup the trailer had to be at a specific depth. If it wasn't the boat wouldn't go on right.

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I've had built in extensions on my trailers as well with built in dollys, but it seemed that there was some previous confusion as to what was being done with chains a couple posts ago. I've seen a couple of pics of people ramp launching deep draft boats that needed 100'+ of heavy line to get the boat/trailer into deep enough water to launch then pull the empty trailer out.
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100+ ft seems like a long way to go get wet! And for that kind of distance, and a draft deep enough to cause problems for the truck, chains make sense. So long as there is equal tension on the chains, I'd think it shouldn't be too, too bad - just go slowly enough to keep control and not get the trailer slanted or sideways.

For the rest of us who, hopefully, hit deep enough water before the truck submerges, extension bars should do.

I like the idea of a pull out bar from alongside or underneath the main bar - makes it difficult to lose, and is somewhere to stow it. Chain just gathers up into a locker or bag, of course.
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