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Old June 18th, 2009, 11:18 AM   #1
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whats the best way and safest to fasten a rig to a trailer? let me know ur set ups thanks
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Old June 18th, 2009, 11:24 AM   #2
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Depends on what you are haulin and what kind of trailer you have
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Old June 18th, 2009, 11:27 AM   #3
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the truck in my avi, and this trailer
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Old June 18th, 2009, 11:32 AM   #4
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I would use 4 ratchet straps. One on every corner. Hop out and check em after about 20 miles or so. But that's just me.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 11:47 AM   #5
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It all depends on the rig, the trailer, and what you are using. A stock rig I would just tie down the axles. On my trailer, it is designed to use tire straps. They have 3 hooks and the strap goes up and over the tire to hold the vehicle in place. One on each tire and forget about it. On a lifted rig with a soft suspension, I would still strap to the axles (tires in my case), then add additional straps to the frame to limit suspension bounce/roll. My old ZJ with no trackbars and 8" of lift got a little goofy on the trailer and really bounced and rolled to the point that I could feel it back there. I just cinched the frame down a little to limit that movement. It probably makes no difference in terms of safety, but it improved my ride towing it. I would not recommend only tying to the frame. You will never be able to tighten the straps enough to prevent the rig from bouncing and eventually loosening the straps. I don't like cranking down my suspension that tightly. It can't be good on springs to compress that that hard for extended lengths of time. Just make sure your tie down points are strong and that your straps are in good condition. Frayed straps fail quickly.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 11:51 AM   #6
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I use ratchet straps to the axles always. Two in the front that run straight out, and two in the back that cross over. Never had a problem with it coming loose, although I do check it at every stop.
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I use ratchet straps to the axles always. Two in the front that run straight out, and two in the back that cross over. Never had a problem with it coming loose, although I do check it at every stop.
That's how I do it.

I just replaced my straps this year since they were getting to be about 5 years old and looking a little haggard. Sam's Club has a good deal on tie down straps and I got the axle straps from Tractor Supply.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 12:00 PM   #8
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I run one strap in each corner hooking to the axles. they end up being on a slight outward angle so they help control side to side movement of the vehcile too. I have strapped it down to a deck full of ice and never had it move. I like to let the suspension do it's thing because it's a little easier on the trailer. If you have overly floppy suspension then tying the sprung mass down is a good idea. Usually when you pull on the axles it will help settle the vehicle down. think about when a (typical offroad style) suspension compresses the wheel base gets longer and when it lifts it gets shorter. By pulling on them it helps hold the vehicle down. A shackle reversal in the front will not have the same effect but for most others it should be the same.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 09:11 PM   #9
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I use 4 ratchet straps and 4 axle straps with fray guards. Axle straps are from TSC as are 2 ratchet straps. The other 2 ratchets straps are from Lowe's and I like them alot better and they were slightly cheaper. They have a nice rubber coating over the handle which is nicer for strapping.

I run straps to the axles and criss-cross front and back to opposite corners.

I'd be curious to know why those that criss-cross one end but not both only do one?
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Old June 18th, 2009, 09:33 PM   #10
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FYI I think the new tie down law is two straps or chains front and rear both ends criss crossed. At least its is for equipment, so I've been told.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 09:36 PM   #11
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i run either chains and binders or ratchet straps, depending on who's trailer i'm borrowing lol
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Old June 18th, 2009, 09:38 PM   #12
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well look at all the load masters on here. 4 rachet straps for a 3 ton rig... 2 rachet straps or a couple of chains and binders should hold it down fine. just be careful of brake lines when using chains.

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the only reason i choose to use chains on some trailers is b/c straps will rub, and i dont wanna have any probs. usually i just use one on the front and one on the rear, whether it be chains or straps. never had any probs, but i only have an xj with a 3" lift.
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I use ratchet straps to the axles always. Two in the front that run straight out, and two in the back that cross over. Never had a problem with it coming loose, although I do check it at every stop.
I have done my race car this same way for years and have done my jeep this way too. Without any issue. Use 2 good Axle straps on the rear and cross them. Thought about crossing in the front too, but why mess with a system that has worked for me..but it could not hurt to do so.....
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Old June 18th, 2009, 09:48 PM   #15
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http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showt...771&highlight=

That guy knows his shit when it comes to towing !

I used to go to the frame and sinch em down as hard as i could.. i now know better and wrap around the axles.. like this..




and when your tie downs start getting really ratty, REPLACE THEM ! it's cheap insurance

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4 straps hooked to axles.
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Personally I don't like the idea of criss crossing. In a scenario like Mclovin's pic above, if one strap accidentally comes loose or breaks, the remaining 3 attachment points are still pretty much holding the vehicle in place. On the other hand, if they are criss crossed, the remaining strap will have a tendancy to pull the vehicle sideways, thus loosening up the entire system.

I do 4, just as 95geo described & as shown in Mclovin's pic.
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FYI I think the new tie down law is two straps or chains front and rear both ends criss crossed. At least its is for equipment, so I've been told.
New?
I thought it was always like that? 1 tie down for each corner all pulling in opposing directions..
personally I would use chains and binders to the frame, and be cautious of hook points made for lateral pull rather than vertical... Ive broken those before.
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7 straps.

Front
1 to middle of axle (just works better than 2)
2 crossed to shackle mounts on frt bumper

Rear
2 straight to axle
2 crossed to hitch
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