Originally Posted by Curtisgeiger
Those yellow tie down straps in the picture -- are they specially made to secure your vehicle to the trailer or are they simply 10,000 lbs cargo straps from a home improvement store?
They are "standard" 10,000lb straps with an appropriate 10,000lb rachet tie-down. I purchased them from the trailer dealer when I bought the trailer. I hook them onto pockets that are on the side of the trailer. I use these same pockets to place the wooden "fences" I made when I pull the trailer behind the Tiguan.
I've also considered using tire nets that strap around the top of the tire, but I've been happy with the way I strap through the wheel - and strapping through/around the wheel does not bind the suspension down, allowing the car to move up and down on the trailer if it needs to.
I'll typically tighten the car down on the initial load up, then stop just before getting on the highway to give a "pull check" to each strap. If we make any stops along the way, I'll get out and give a "pull check" to each strap again.
I looked at getting a flatbed aluminum trailer when I was researching trailers, but at an average cost of $1,000 more with a weight savings of only about 600lbs on average, I decided to put the $1,000 into the fuel tank on the motorhome.
We tow the car and trailer behind our 32' 2005 National RV Sea Breeze. For the most part, the motorhome drives about the same towing or not. Sure, we're a little quicker on takeoff when we're not towing, but once we're up to speed, I don't really notice the difference. The fuel mileage is nearly identical when we're towing or not and the speed dropoff on uphill climbs is not really that different either.