New (to me) trailer and tie down review
A few weeks back I picked up a used 7x18 car hauler, 7K lbs. I am going to make transport my tractor up to my parents house tomorrow to help them with some yard work. I am trying tog et everything loaded up tonight and wanted some tips on my tie down job. I have 4 of those 2in ratchet straps, 3K working load each, 2 in the front and 2 in the back. I think I'll eventually move to chains, but this should work.
In the front, I went over the frame, loader bucket, and down to the d-rings. In the back, I went from the frame just in front of the backhoe and crossed to the opposite corner. Where the strap went over a corner, I put a folded rag between he strap and the corner, though none of the corners seemed very sharp. For good measure, I put the backhoe bucket flat on the deck and ran a 1" strap side to side over it, and one over the seat to keep it from bouncing the whole way. I tied up the losoe ends on all straps.
I feel like this arrangement gives good holding power front to back, but feels a little lacking against the lateral forces. One problem I have with the straps is that the hook doesn't fit in the stake pockets or inside the rub rail, so I went to the d-rings on all corners. I'd have to go to the outside and attach it to the rub rail directly.
The trip is about 50 miles one way. I live ~5 miles form the highway, my plan is to pull over and check for tightness shortly after getting on. Then again about 30 miles later before I get off the highway.
What changes would you recommend?
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