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Old 09-04-2013, 12:34 PM   #1
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Tire hold downstraps chaffing...

I'm new to a Class A, and we bought a Roadmaster dolly to tow our Suzuki... We have a made two short trips and I have discovered something inside the wheel well, about where the strut connects to the 'A' arm, is chaffing the tie down straps... I made sure I had the straps positioned correctly, but to no avail. I'm afraid its going to cut through the straps pretty quickly... Anyone else experience this, and if so can you share what you did to rectify it...Thanks...

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Old 09-04-2013, 02:48 PM   #2
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Suggest you take strapping from another source and 'pad' that area of the strap by having maybe an awning company or a shoe shop sew about a foot of strapping in either side of the area you think will be damaged. Structurally this will not take strain of course, but it will keep the strap that is taking the load from getting frayed or damaged from whatever is causing the damage.
I haul new BMWs and they will not let us chain the frame down, we have to strap the tires to the deck of the roll back truck and have had this happen several times. Sort of a PIA to have a brand new $trap damaged and have to be discarded.
I believe if you can find straps at Lowes or Home Depot if you don't have a tow truck supply business in your area.

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Old 09-05-2013, 10:01 AM   #3
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Thanks Doc... Sounds like you've had to deal with this issue many times. As you suggested, maybe a piece of leather across that area of the strap will protect it from the strut housing... I will see what i can come up with. One strap is just about destroyed, so I will have to replace it first...
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