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Re: Jeep Trailering question
I use 3" straps in the back and a chain in the front.
On the front, I have two D Rings welded to the front of the trailer. I run the chain along the fron of the trailer, through the d rings, then back towards the fron axle, arount the axle,(just inside the springs on each side) then hook the chain back around itself about 2' from the axle. I hook both ends back to the chain. I do this first.
In the rear, I have two 5" Semi-style rachet brackets. (the kind that semi trailers have down the side of thier flat bed trailers. I then sewed a loop in each strap. The straps are about 6" long. I put the loop by the back axle and run the long end of the strap through the loop. This means I end up with one strap (on each side) coming back towards the back of the trailer. I run the strap through the ratchet bracket, and use a long pipe to tighten it up. I have two of these. When I tighten the straps, it pulls the chain in the front tight. (pretty darn tight)
The only thing I may do different is cut the front chain in half and use a seperate chain for each side. This way, if one side came lose, the jeep would stay.
BTW, it is a 16" trailer.