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Old 08-20-2006, 06:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best way to secure a car to a car trailer?

I was just curious as to what works best for you guys when you secure a car in a enclosed car trailer. My trailer has the e-tracking system in it. I have just always used two big 12K tie downs, one on the front and one on the back. I usually just run them up and over the suspension on the car, and try to "pull the car apart" with the tie downs. Is this a good way, or is there a better way to do this? Just curious as I was reading about a accident somewhere else. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]

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Re: Best way to secure a car to a car trailer?

I use 4 tie downs on my open trailer. Two chains crossed at the rear, two ratchet straps crossed at the front. I set the chain lengths first for tongue weight then pull everything tight with the ratchet straps from the front.

If I had Echannel I'd do the same thing unless I used basket straps on each tire, then I'd tie down front and rear of each tire.
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Re: Best way to secure a car to a car trailer?

Like oldieseldude said, I use "basket" straps on all 4 wheels. Tighten them down like you want to crush the tires. It never moves, a fraction of an inch.

Tying down via the chassis, still leaves some give in the suspension. Going over bumps gets movement transmitted to the hauled vehicle's suspension and puts a lot of strain on your tie down points on the trailer and the vehicle.
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Re: Best way to secure a car to a car trailer?

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I was just curious as to what works best for you guys when you secure a car in a enclosed car trailer. My trailer has the e-tracking system in it. I have just always used two big 12K tie downs, one on the front and one on the back. I usually just run them up and over the suspension on the car, and try to "pull the car apart" with the tie downs. Is this a good way, or is there a better way to do this? Just curious as I was reading about a accident somewhere else. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]

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I use four 10K straps. Two crossed in the front from the frame to the tiedowns, Two crossed at the back, again frame to tie downs.
This method will ensure that the car can neither roll fore and aft, but also will keep it from moving side to side (in case of some radical maneuver).
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I have a business transporting cars and I use a single car trailer. I use wheel straps and tighten them down just like KF6ZVT said. That way you do not damage the frams at all with trying to hook to it. Another way is to put the straps around the actual wheel, but if you have chrome wheels don't do it that way.

It is always a good idea to check your load along the way just incase something does come loose IMO.
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Re: Best way to secure a car to a car trailer?

No matter what I haul I always check straps before going onto interstate/20 miles. (whichever comes first)
I seldom haul cars but for other stuff I run front chain and back up till chain is (singing) lock brakes then strap rear.
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