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Old 06-20-2012, 06:59 PM   #1
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Best Tie Downs

I've tried Walmart, Harbor frieght retractables, none of which seems to not come loose and I'm finding I have to tighten them every 50 miles. I have a 1200lb car in back of a 48' toy hauler thats the biggest issue, and a motor bike up front that is hard to anchor in back.

Anyone find any tie downs that stay tight?
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:04 PM   #2
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For my dirt bikes I went away from ratchet straps to the friction straps. They hold great and get everything secure much quicker. With regards to my Jeep on a trailer ratchet straps. Make sure you get ones rated for what you are hauling. Then crank them down so you compress your suspension or make sure that they pull against each other. Mine never got loose.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:32 PM   #3
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Ive used the inexpensive ratchet style straps. Usually find them at costco or bjs for $10 for 4.

If you want "friction" style... there is no substitute for Ancra.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:30 PM   #4
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Make sure you have several wraps around the center barrel of the ratchet type so the material has something pinch it to the barrel. Also ratchet them down as tight as you can. Once under way, the suspension will settle, making them come loose. The 2" ones also work better; less stretching.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:29 PM   #5
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On an auto, if anchor point is above the suspension (say frame) cross the straps. Left frame to right of floor anchor. Right frame to left floor anchor. If anchoring to single point (say hitch) run straps out to 45 degrees or so. It will tighten quicker and eliminate the suspension hop that stretches the straps. If anchoring to wheel or non suspended point (say axle or lower A arm), the angle isn't as important as the hop of the auto is absorbed by the autos suspension.
FYI - I work at the port and this is how autos are lashed on ocean going vessels. MOST with 1" ratchet straps! 2 on the front and 2 on the back.
On motorcycles, a 45 degree angle from centerline - front wheel in a chock to keep it from walking sideways and 1 strap with 1 wrap through wheel at 45 angle away from center or if going to frame, 1 strap each side to keep back end from walking works for my 2 - 800lb cruisers.
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Old 07-02-2012, 01:52 PM   #6
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Never had the ratchet type come lose on my buggy or my daughters quad. And at one point they were trailered on a trailer with no suspension so they bounced like crazy. We always make sure to ratchet them down until it compresses the suspension on the vehicle being tied down. Also we tie the quads down in a type of criss cross pattern. The buggy is front end & back end. Front pulling forward, back end pulling down across the ball attached to the back of the buggy.
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Old 07-02-2012, 02:00 PM   #7
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I drive my rail into my 20' enclosed till the rear tires hit the wheel wells, then use one 2" strap pulling forward. Beats the four I had to use in my toy hauler 5er.
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Also, if you get too much bounce with the bike and do not want to compress the suspension too much, build a block of wood that supports the frame and allows the bike to rest strapped down. With front wheel in a chock that holds the bike upright, layer 2x4s and plywood to get to 1/2 to 3/4 below the frame. Glue, nail, or screw them together to make them 1 unit that will slide under bike to keep suspension from compressing. Works best toward front 1/2 of bike. Make SURE there is nothing that will get broken while resting on the block. Look for oil filter brake lines and anything else that may get crushed. NOT ALL BIKES ARE COMPATABLE WITH THIS SYSTEM. USE YOUR BEST JUDGEMENT. Works beautiful on my 2 bikes! I ride my bike into the chock and have the block waiting beside where I am going to slide it under. Chock and block hold bike upright while I apply straps. Never had to retighten straps more than 2 clicks in 500 miles.
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Forgot that... once everything is loaded, we always check the straps before we head out on the highway. Usually just a click or two. Then we check at the gas station when we stop for gas... can't remember ever having even one click at that point.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:27 PM   #10
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Tie down by the tires, not the chassis. Mac's tie downs makes strap kits that are like the units used on tow dollys. Works like a charm.

The only issue is that your trailer miles put miles on the shocks and bushings, because the chassis floats as if you were driving it somewhere.
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