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Re: tie down straps
My 2" straps were purchased at a trailer manufacturer, and they are rated at 10,000 lbs.
The reason I dont like attaching to the frame or bumpers for my primary retaining points, is three fold.
1: The frame is in a constant state of change in relation ship to the trailer as it flexes the suspension. This translates to inconsistent securing of the load. For example, if my ride hieght has deviated from one loading to the next, due to weight changes, spring wear or damage, or suspension modifications, then my initial placement chains would need to be adjusted.
2: The axles are lower than the frame so the angle is more in line with controlling the loads, of accelerating and stopping. The higher you go, with your main retainers, the more cantilevered they become, and the more initial tension you will need to exert to achieve the same holding power of the straighter retention.
3: The amout of tension I would need to place my suspension under to control the 16"- 20" of usable travel in either compression or droop, would leave me with either loose retainers or a very compressed suspension. I do not like the idea of compressing my suspension for those extended periods.
By going to the axles(and I use the same, short 2" straps, around the axles that Snowtow mentioned) with the chain, in the rear, no adjustments are even neccessary if a rear tire is flat, due to the very shallow angle of the attachment. This allows my securing of the suspension by means of front and rear tension to be minimal, as it is only controlling roll and pitch of the body and frame, and is not retaining the vehicles position, or security on the trailer.
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