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Old 08-21-2015, 01:23 PM   #1
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Smart Car trailer tie down

I have been trying to find information on whether it is better to use wheel straps or should you use the tow down hooks to anchor it to a trailer

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Old 08-21-2015, 01:51 PM   #2
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I have found that wheel straps work best. Lets the suspension of the car be free to move but it is still held tightly to the trailer. JMO

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Old 08-21-2015, 02:11 PM   #3
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I chose to use 1000 lb ratchet straps on each wheel passing the strap through the wheels. Both ends of each strap are hooked to the trailer leaving only strap material against the car's wheels.

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Old 08-21-2015, 10:44 PM   #4
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I use over the tire straps on front and straps through the wheel on the rear. Never had any movement our other issues.
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Old 08-22-2015, 05:26 AM   #5
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I guess I should have asked if there is a wrong way to tie a Smart Car down...LOL I wonder if you could just Velcro it to the trailer....lol
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Old 08-22-2015, 09:52 AM   #6
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Smart tie down

Best way is through the wheels as others have recommended. I used 1,000# ratchet straps through the rear wheels for and aft. Let the car suspension do the work along with the trailer suspension.

No longer own the rig or the Smart, but it worked great while we owned it. Towed it thousands of miles without a problem.
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Old 08-22-2015, 03:48 PM   #7
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I have a Smart car and I tow it 4 wheels down have you thought about that instead of a trailer?

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