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Old 09-23-2012, 09:48 PM   #1
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T Hook tie downs and Buick Rendezvous

I want to tie down a Buick Rendezvous to my 24' flat bed trailer. Is it a safe bet if I order 4 T Hooks from someplace like Northern Tool that they will be compatible with the Rendezvous?

Is there any chance the curved round hook on a heavy tow strap would work?
Thanks in advance for some answers.

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Old 09-23-2012, 09:51 PM   #2
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How about thinking about tire tie Down straps?

I don't know anything about the company I linked to it's just to give you the idea of what I'm talking about.


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Old 09-23-2012, 11:25 PM   #3
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I dealt with vehicle deliveries for years, the main reason transport companies use the frame tie down method is to lower the vehicle so they can drop the upper ramps and reduce overall height of the transport truck. I've seen these tie downs cut through the uni-body sub frame on more than one occasion, and elongate the frame holes on P/Us, bouncing makes them work like a manual can opener.
JMHO. For your personal vehicle I'd say go with a wheel tie down, similar to those used on a car dolly.
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As another poster said, consider tire straps (although, I think your trailer needs to have specific fittings for tire straps). if you tie to the chassis, do not use the cheap straps with bent rod hooks. Spend the money and get ratchet straps with the thick flat metal hooks with safety catches. You should be able to find appropriate points on the chassis or suspension to use these. Maybe consider nylon axle straps if you can't find good spots for hooks. An axle strap is just like a tie down strap without the ratchet, but has strong hooks on both ends. You loop the strap around an axle or frame member, then attach the ratchet strap to both axle strap hooks.

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I want to tie down a Buick Rendezvous to my 24' flat bed trailer. Is it a safe bet if I order 4 T Hooks from someplace like Northern Tool that they will be compatible with the Rendezvous?

Is there any chance the curved round hook on a heavy tow strap would work?
Thanks in advance for some answers.
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:03 AM   #5
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I towed classic cars and street rods for years on an open 24' trailer as well as an inclosed trailer and always used the "over the tire" tie downs. You'll need to put some fixtures in the floor of the trailer to accommodate the tie downs, but once it's configured, you'll have the best tie down situation you can have. You'll smile and thank yourself every time you tie down your Buick and going down the road you won't cause any damage to your car and you can feel totally secure that you'll reach your destination safely. Don't forget to tighten up the hold downs after the first few miles and check them at each stop. Good luck and enjoy!!!!!
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