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Old 04-14-2019, 10:07 AM   #1
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Tie Down Strap Recommedations

Does anyone have some tie down's that they really like?

I had a cheap HF set and they drove me nuts. Hard to tighten up, and hard to loosen. The last time I used them I was fighting with a twisted up mess for 10 minutes. I finally just pulled out my knife and cut them off. Enough of that.

Now, I want to get some that aren't a wrestling match every time that I use them. I've looked at some online and of course they all say that theirs are the best.

So, I was just wondering if someone had some that they liked and worked well. Easy on, easy off. I'm sick of fighting with these things. I know some will say just use rope, but I can't tie a decent knot to save my life. Thanks.
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:16 AM   #2
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Actually my favorite tie down or ratchet type hold downs are a rope that ratchet when you pull the slack. I don’t know if they are the best but, I like em best. Don’t know the brand and I got them from a friend. They are for light duty. I’ve got some big blue ratchet straps I use for more serious stuff. I’ll look see what they are later today.
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:55 AM   #3
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I bought mine at Tractor Supply, good quality and have a little Velcro strap sewn to them to gather up excess strap... nice, neat, and easy to use.
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Re: Tie Down Strap Recommedations

been hauling quads, dirt bikes and cartop boats for 30+ yrs. used all kinds, don't worry about brand name so much, more interested in capacity and ease of use.
as i get older i find i like the big handle ratchets better than the little metal ones. much easier to use with my fat digits...
also use a lot of cinch straps on the atv's and bikes.
these red MonsterGrip ones are my fav
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:49 PM   #5
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I like the cinch straps for ease of use but sometimes you need a ratchet strap.
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Old 04-14-2019, 03:03 PM   #6
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I got some from a buddy of mine that does vinyl billboards....theyre very strong, have the bigger handles, and are uv resistant.come in 6 and 12 ft length....I also got tired of tangled up straps ,so I put each strap in a 1gal ziplock bag....no ,more tangles
liked them enough that I bought to big boxes of them that I use on my lockon tree stand ladders
I also have some heavy motorcycle tiedowns that are 2in wide and 6ft long
as well as the heavy 2in wide by 27 or so ft long
on my 2in wide straps I roll up the long ends and use ball bungees on them to hold em
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X2 on the billboard straps. I use the 16 ft ones for near about everything. The lady I put the wraps on for buys them and ships them to me by the case.
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Erickson makes some nice retractable ratchet tie downs 2" and 1" wide, we use them quite regularly and they retract when you're done with them. No more tangled messes.
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The main thing is pull through all the slack you can, no twists, then ratchet. If you get it twisted or crank too much in you're screwed. I have been using ratchet straps on my ladder racks and tying loads down for 40 years. I never bought a strap that came with any packaging or way of knowing a brand, just ratchet straps. The heavier webbing type is 1500#, never worry strong.
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Re: Tie Down Strap Recommedations

the bigger question is, what are you tying off to?

straps don't seem to be my problem, but finding suitable anchor points generally is..

L-track, E-track, recessed eyes, etc. are key elements for making a good cargo tie-down..

tying off at odd angles to reach a bed pocket is usually the weak point in my load plan..

I've not had much issue with the straps themselves, cheap or slightly more expensive ones seem to work the same..

all depends on web strength and anchor points..

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Side project of mine to keep from finishing the wiring...found a 100 inch piece of T slot aluminum tubing, enough to make a hold down in 4 places and a spare tire mount... $8.00 for the scrap at the junk yard, bolts and hardware about $40....and 20 hrs labor.
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the bigger question is, what are you tying off to?

straps don't seem to be my problem, but finding suitable anchor points generally is..

L-track, E-track, recessed eyes, etc. are key elements for making a good cargo tie-down..

tying off at odd angles to reach a bed pocket is usually the weak point in my load plan..

I've not had much issue with the straps themselves, cheap or slightly more expensive ones seem to work the same..

all depends on web strength and anchor points..

good luck!
Thanks. I've just got a small utility trailer that I'm going to tow behind my motorhome with things like my EZ Up, BBQ, my generator, and ice chests. Stuff like that. But my trailer is kind of bouncy, so I want my stuff to be secure.

I've been looking at these things until I'm getting a headache. I know it's just that I have a tendency to overthink things. I just don't like to buy junk. I read the reviews, one person loves them, the next hates them. It spins my head. My wife tells me. "Just buy the d@mn things already!
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Thanks. I've just got a small utility trailer that I'm going to tow behind my motorhome with things like my EZ Up, BBQ, my generator, and ice chests. Stuff like that. But my trailer is kind of bouncy, so I want my stuff to be secure.

I've been looking at these things until I'm getting a headache. I know it's just that I have a tendency to overthink things. I just don't like to buy junk. I read the reviews, one person loves them, the next hates them. It spins my head. My wife tells me. "Just buy the d@mn things already!
extra planning and research is good, permission from Mrs. Fleetside is great

fun thing about trailers, add tie downs everywhere you think you need one, and some..

chain leaders, d-rings, or simple eye bolts sprinkled around the sides keeps the strap webbing off the edges

track systems are great too if they fit your floor plan but flat trailers may not provide ideal locations..

and most importantly, tell yer missus you have to keep that cooler full of beer for ballast to level out the ride

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This is our sister company. Been in business since 1983. If you want something that fits your needs, works well and lasts, this is simply the best Tie down on the market. Better ratchet that doesn't stick, Kennedyne web, high capacity, Made in USA.

If you are tying down a prized show car, why would you tie your car down with junky universal straps and risk the unthinkable?

http://snappinturtle.com

They will also be on P row at Carlisle next week if you want to get a show price and save on shipping.
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I use these . 4 inch wide .
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I use these . 4 inch wide .
Good logistics tie down. Isn't all that extra webbing annoying though?
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Isn't all that extra webbing annoying though?
I did a lot of heavy hauling (32 years ) so it's second nature to tie up the loose ends .
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Ratchet straps should have snap hook ends. Straps with just hooks on the end will drop off if they loosen.
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I did a lot of heavy hauling (32 years ) so it's second nature to tie up the loose ends .
ha! ok that would do it.
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I'm fairly picky about mine. I prefer to have a) separate axle sections with sheaths, b) safety clips on the hooks, and c) they MUST have ratchets on all 4 corners. I recently replaced an worn out set with these and I'm pretty happy with them. Good price and comes with a bag! Plenty of length to fit any vehicle on my trailer.

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I'm fairly picky about mine. I prefer to have a) separate axle sections with sheaths, b) safety clips on the hooks, and c) they MUST have ratchets on all 4 corners. I recently replaced an worn out set with these and I'm pretty happy with them. Good price and comes with a bag! Plenty of length to fit any vehicle on my trailer.

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These MAC tie downs are also very nice quality. Snappin Turtle gives you a very similar experience but at a reduced cost.
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