Different Types of Cargo Tie Downs
April 21, 2016 Francine Jones 0 Comments
Chances are that you have driven down the highway and seen lost cargo on the side of the road and thought: “how did they lose that?” Improperly secured loads, whether large or small, are bad news for everybody. So what options are there for securing your belongings?
The type of tie-down you use is going to be dependent on multiple factors. How large is your load? How large is your vehicle? Will a particular method work with the shape of the cargo? How easy do you need it to be to remove once you’ve arrived?
If your cargo is a generally small load and can fit in, say, the bed of a pickup truck or small tow trailer, securing your cargo is fairly straightforward. Rope is very simple to use, and the most versatile option for small loads. Ratcheting straps have a small learning curve to use, and can sometimes be frustrating to inexperienced users, but will allow for the most secure hold on your cargo. If the load is small enough, thick bungee cords will keep a flexible hold on your cargo, and the lack of knots and stretchability allow for very quick securing and removing, although make sure to be careful with stretched elastic and your eyes . If your load is sensitive to the elements (rain, sun damage, etc.), consider covering the load with a tarp as well.
Large Load and Commercial Options
If you are securing a large load on a trailer for commercial reasons, chances are that there are standards that your employer will require you to use a specific securing method . This makes that choice easy, but what if you don’t have an employer to dictate those standards, or are moving personal (and not commercial) cargo? There are a few options depending on your situation.For something such as large pipes, logs, or other cargo on a flatbed trailer, you will want to secure the cargo to itself first (chain/tie them together, and then load onto the trailer), and then secure that load onto the trailer. You’re going to need a heavy-duty option that allows for an incredibly strong hold. You will usually see industrial strength ratcheting strips for this purpose.
If the load is inside a covered trailer, ratcheting strips can be used to secure the cargo to the floor. Nylon rope and heavy-duty elastic cords can be very quick and effective at anchoring the tops of the cargo to the walls and ceiling, ensuring it stays upright during even turbulent transport.