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Old 05-07-2002, 06:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Tying down - trailering Q

Under the category of way to much thought into this......and not enough coffee yet.

When I trailer my rig I'm curious as to the benefits/liabilities of strapping down the frame vs the axles.

If I strap down the axles the body can roll or bounce about the coil overs, if I strap down the frame and "locking" down the body is this better? Just curious as to what most people are doing, especially after reading the trailering horror stories.
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I know this was covered in a different thread recently... try searching.

I have done both. I think for the most part, the consenus was tie the axles down.
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I do 4 ratchet straps to the frame at each corner with a chain over the rear axle in case I rear-end someone.

The chain will keep the truck from coming into the bed of my Dodge.

I definatly would strap down those coilovers or you will have to watch that sucker bounce all the way to Moab..
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Check your e-mail. I just sent you the US Army handbook on how to move equipment on a trailer. It's in PDF format and kind of big! 1.8 megs.

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Check your e-mail. I just sent you the US army handbook on how to move equipment on a trailer.

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Old Scout, would you mind sending me a copy of that too? Or maybe just post it here, i'm sure everyone would be interested.

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I just sent you the US army handbook on how to move equipment on a trailer.

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Well, what does it say?

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Old Scout, would you mind sending me a copy of that too? Or maybe just post it here, i'm sure everyone would be interested.

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Post it here! Well it's 139 pages long! and Your hotmail account is not going to cut it with it being 1.8 megs!
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Just find someone nice enough to host it and then post a link!
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winzip?
Zipped it's 997k you have room in your inbox?
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Zipped it's 997k you have room in your inbox?
don't think so, it's ok i can live without it. Thanks though. Could you summarize the relavent parts on here?

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Check your e-mail. I just sent you the US Army handbook on how to move equipment on a trailer. It's in PDF format and kind of big! 1.8 megs.
Cool! Thanks, I'll make sure to check it out. Also I can host it on my website so tonight I'll upload it.
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If you tiedown to the frame, every time you hit a bump, ur suspension will work causing slack in ur tiedowns and snaping them back taunt. That cant be good on tiedowns ?


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use the winch on the front of your turd. i had no shocks on the way back from chico and chained the front axel, strapped the back. and straped the rear suspension down, and ran my winch from teh front to the back of the trailer. worked fine. jiMMy
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In the past I've usually just used a chain with binders and run one under the housing then up and over the pumkin and down under the housing on the other side, I do this on both the front and the back, I then take a 4" strap and ratchet it down through the cab where the doors were. This loads the suspension slightly and although I know there are problems with this way of doing it I've never had it move an inch.
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I use 4 - 7,500 lb 2" ratchet straps, one over each tire anchored for and aft of the tire to "loops" in the deck of the trailer. For a visual think the strap system on a tow dolly. Been all over with it and it's never moved an inch front or back or side to side.
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Check your e-mail. I just sent you the US Army handbook on how to move equipment on a trailer. It's in PDF format and kind of big! 1.8 megs.

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me too... [email protected]

Myself.. I use 4-10,000lb 2" locking ratchet straps I go from corner to corner on the jeep crossing the two straps on the front and back of the rig. I hook to the frame, and cynch it down TIGHT, if I bottom the suspension, so much the better.

Car haulers, they do the same thing only with chain, go to frame tie down, cynch down until suspension is bottomed.



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thanks old scout.

cool.. I basically do what the book says anyway.



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Post it here! Well it's 139 pages long! and Your hotmail account is not going to cut it with it being 1.8 megs!
If you send it to me [email protected] I'll post it on the web where anyone can download it. Thanks.

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Military truck tie down procedures

Here is the link to the military truck tie down procedures. It's about 1.3MB http://www.achey.net/jeep/truck.zip


Or you could just get it right from the government.... http://www.tea.army.mil/dpe/field.htm

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Old 05-07-2002, 05:31 PM   #22 (permalink)
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if you tie down the axles you run the risk of bending a housing...a big no-no in my book. best to use the straps over the tires like a tow dolly and tie down the frame to reduce the body sway. my .02
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