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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-24-2008, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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I've seen a lot of stuff on the Highway. ladders, compressors, rakes, shovels, Wheelbarrows, ect.
One spring day, wile driving back to Utah, from Denver, I came across a Bayliner boat, by Elk Mountain, WY. There was no one around, just a boat in the road and a 100 yard long white stripe, leading up to it. Miles later, I came upon, two guys standing by their Jeep and looking at an empty trailer. As I went by, I honked the horn and pointed behind me. True story, no lie.

Think of the conversation that was going on there. "What the Hell?" "I thought you loaded the boat", "No, I thought you did?"

ALWAYS TIE DOWN YOU STUFF! STRAPS ARE CHEAP, TOYS ARE NOT!
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You reminded me of my cousin couple of weeks ago, he have a two seater buggy he loaded it on the trailer and didn’t tie it properly and I think he didn’t make sure it was correctly on the hook. He was driving on the highway and suddenly the trailer fell of the car, so the buggy went off the trailer and was chasing the car, he pushed on the acceleration so the buggy doesn’t hit the car. The good thing is that the steering has a lock, it was moving towered the right lane, it slowed down before it hits the border of the street (we have concrete block on the side of some of our highways) and touched the border, fortunately nothing happened to the buggy.
The trailer is a deferent story, it was turning around in the middle of the street and all the cars behind it stopped, it continued to turn until it hit the side border. It had some damages especially in the corners. He came back and loaded the buggy on the trailer, tided it very carefully and went back home.
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I've changed the way I tie my revolt down. I attached 8 D-ring plates to my trailer deck and strap each tire down. I found the straps on Ebay, but I think Jegs.com was aabout the same price.

Now the Revolt can bounce on its suspension and it wont move around on the trailer.
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Strapping down a UTV is only as good as the weakest strap. Let's say you have four 1000lb working load straps. If you use two straps on the front and two on the rear to hold your car from rolling, you might think you are good for 2000 pounds forward and 2000 pounds backward. Well if one strap is ratcheted tighter than the other, then the tighter strap is taking most of the load. If you have to hit your brakes hard , that tighter strap is doing nearly all the work, and could snap, leaving only one strap to keep it all from rolling. Ideally each strap you use should be rated to handle the entire load by it's self. I think I'm going to give the tire straps a try. Now you have four straps holding it from rolling either direction.
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Hey Bearfoot!

I like how you set that up! Looks good!
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Strapping down a UTV is only as good as the weakest strap. Let's say you have four 1000lb working load straps. If you use two straps on the front and two on the rear to hold your car from rolling, you might think you are good for 2000 pounds forward and 2000 pounds backward. Well if one strap is ratcheted tighter than the other, then the tighter strap is taking most of the load. If you have to hit your brakes hard , that tighter strap is doing nearly all the work, and could snap, leaving only one strap to keep it all from rolling. Ideally each strap you use should be rated to handle the entire load by it's self. I think I'm going to give the tire straps a try. Now you have four straps holding it from rolling either direction.
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Thats why I bought the new straps. Before I hit the road, I walk around and check lights, straps, ramp, safety chains, coupler, etc.



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People always think I'm a nut for my safety checks.If you hooked my trailer for me, I check it anyway. Turn on my lights and blinkers, check my tie downs.

On the safety issue, never haul a trailer without a pin or lock in the toungue device!! I have personally seen trailers that somehow backed off a bull dog hitch and came loose, the safety chains saved the day!!

Lastly cross the safety chains!! If you cross the chains, they make a fulcrum between them and pull the trailer staright if they are doing the pulling as a safety device!! Leave the left chain on the left and the right on the right and the trailer walks between tem and beats the hell out of everyone!!


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People always think I'm a nut for my safety checks.If you hooked my trailer for me, I check it anyway. Turn on my lights and blinkers, check my tie downs.

On the safety issue, never haul a trailer without a pin or lock in the toungue device!! I have personally seen trailers that somehow backed off a bull dog hitch and came loose, the safety chains saved the day!!

Lastly cross the safety chains!! If you cross the chains, they make a fulcrum between them and pull the trailer staright if they are doing the pulling as a safety device!! Leave the left chain on the left and the right on the right and the trailer walks between tem and beats the hell out of everyone!!
Crossed chains, Good Idea! I started using a lock instead of a 1/4" bolt.



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Jeff what was the name of the company on ebay you bought the straps from ?
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Here's a link to the web store. I cut and drilled the ends for a snap ring carabiniere. A threaded quick link would work too.

http://stores.shop.ebay.com/PDQ-ENTE...__W0QQ_armrsZ1



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