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Old 09-25-2011, 04:32 PM   #1
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Best way to tie down Denali on trailer

I have a Monaco Windsor, 38ft. Cummins 330hp. I want to tow my wife's GMC Denali, it can't be towed 4 down. I have a 20ft open trailer with tandem 5K axles and electric brakes on both axles. What is the best way to tie the car onto the trailer. I've seen some tied down by the wheels using wheel nets. I've seen others tied to the frame and cinched down. Could I just tie down to the front tow hooks and rear trailer hitch? Thanks.
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Old 09-25-2011, 06:09 PM   #2
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Have you looked into a drive shaft disconnect? Your denali isn't light and your trailer isn't either and the hassle of a trailer.
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Don't tie down to the tow hooks. They are frame mounted but not rated for securing the truck to a tlr. The hitch, I cannot say one way or another.
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Denali is all wheel drove. I had the Sam problem so I traded for Tahoe LTZ. it is comparable to the Denali. It rides the same but docent have the same power. I miss the Denali but the I toe the Tahoe 4 down.
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Let's try this again. Auto correct on the I phone got me.

A Denali is all wheel drove. I had the Same problem so I traded for Tahoe LTZ. It is comparable to the Denali. It rides the same but does not have the same power. I miss the Denali but the I tow the Tahoe 4 down.
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I had a towing company fro about 7 years.
The best place on the Frame to tie a vehicle down is the same place the Factorys do it. They use what are called T-hooks. Ther are slots in the frame specificly for T-hooks. T Hook | Truck n Tow.com
Those hooks are the proper way to hook chains to a vehicles frame. You can buy chain sets with those allready installed on them.
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I had a towing company fro about 7 years.
The best place on the Frame to tie a vehicle down is the same place the Factorys do it. They use what are called T-hooks. Ther are slots in the frame specificly for T-hooks. T Hook | Truck n Tow.com
Those hooks are the proper way to hook chains to a vehicles frame. You can buy chain sets with those allready installed on them.

I noticed there are t-hooks, j-hooks, r-hooks... Is the t-hook the right one for the Denali? Thanks for the info!
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Have you looked into a drive shaft disconnect? Your denali isn't light and your trailer isn't either and the hassle of a trailer.
I don't like the idea of the disconnect. I know they are probably fine, it's just me. Also, I wished my wife would have wanted the suburban, but she had her heart set on the Denali. The suburban would have made life much easier.
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I also suggest the T hooks and make sure you either winch the cables/chains tight or use a come-along to tightened the cables/chains. When I trailered my Escalade, I chained the rear as tight as I could by hand and then used the winch on my car hauler to pull the truck down tight...you don't want the Denali bouncing on the trailer and believe me it will if its not tightened down.
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I also suggest the T hooks and make sure you either winch the cables/chains tight or use a come-along to tightened the cables/chains. When I trailered my Escalade, I chained the rear as tight as I could by hand and then used the winch on my car hauler to pull the truck down tight...you don't want the Denali bouncing on the trailer and believe me it will if its not tightened down.
There seem to be multiple theories on this.

The counter argument is to tie the tires or axles down and let the vehicle float on its own suspension. This is the way we trailer our Jeep Wranglers (offroad type).

What are the negatives of letting the vehicle float on its own suspension when on a trailer?

This method seems to be popular: TrucknTow - Tie Down Systems
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My landcruiser is all wheel drive and I tow 4 down, people say you shouldn't. Working great for me so far. Temps don't go above 110 at the tcase which is ambient temp. I tow with tranny in Park and tcase in Nuetral.

Trailering a large vehicle like this is a PITA if you ask me. My cruiser weighs 6k gassed up.
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There seem to be multiple theories on this.

The counter argument is to tie the tires or axles down and let the vehicle float on its own suspension. This is the way we trailer our Jeep Wranglers (offroad type).

What are the negatives of letting the vehicle float on its own suspension when on a trailer?

This method seems to be popular: TrucknTow - Tie Down Systems
either way is correct but for me i like to tie the frame of my jeep to the frame of my trailer. I use binders and chains on the back of the trailer and 2 inch wide ratchet straps on the front.
The one negitive to just tieing axles down is than there can be a harmonic between the suspension spring on the trailer and suspension spring of the towed vehicleif they start to match up going down the highway it can put lots of stress on the the trailer suspension.
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wellllll
we use wheel straps on the f150 crew cab
its heavy and the suspension soaks up any jarring
works like a champ,
E-track on the trailer decking, then the four e-track wheel straps


i have no idea why anyone would tie to the frame, this only creates lots of tress on the tie down points

i have an axle strap as a back up also

http://www.autohaulersupply.com/cata...lies.-83-1.php

and www.Etrailer.com

http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Carg...son/77314.html
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i have no idea why anyone would tie to the frame, this only creates lots of tress on the tie down points
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This is the way the OEMs transport brand new cars and trucks.
those t slots are there on the frame for that specific purpose.
Just look at a car carrier when it dropping off new cars.
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