Strapping down your rig to your trailer

Discussion in 'Tow Rigs and Trailers' started by BigClay, Aug 22, 2018.

  1. BigClay

    BigClay Knower of useless ZJ things

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    My other thread gave me some ideas on how to strap my Jeep to my trailer. I want to see if anyone on here has done something like this. I want to weld something to the axle tubes to give me an easy attachment point for a clip type end ratchet strap.

    Here is the only interweb pic I can find. Anyone have any experience with something similar? Got pictures you share?

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  2. BigSouth

    BigSouth Doesn't play well with others!

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    I’ve seen a couple rigs like that. Buy those rings from Tractor Supply and bust out the welder. IMO they just drag over obstacles and make annoying sounds.
     
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  3. BigClay

    BigClay Knower of useless ZJ things

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    Yeah floppy D rings I bet will be annoying on the trail. What about mounting a shackle mount to the tube like this one

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  4. NickMaul

    NickMaul Well-Known Member

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    Take this what you will but a strap around the axle sounds like a safer option then welding something to the tube. In some sort of accident I’d say a weld on your axle tube (a couple of inches of weld at best) will fail sending your Jeep on its way.

    If you aren’t betting that 1 weld can hold the entire weight of your rig then I would strap it.


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  5. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    Just put an axle strap around the tube. There's all the room in the world on a front TJ or JK diff. In the rear, go around the lower control arms or through the wheels.
     
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  6. rockcity

    rockcity everyday is a chance to get better

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    Done and done.

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  7. NCJeeplover

    NCJeeplover Well-Known Member

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    They only make noises at the begining. After being bounced off a few rocks they get a little dented and hold themselves.
     
  8. Junkyard Dog

    Junkyard Dog Well-Known Member

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    Mount them 90* to that picture (vertical). They are quiet.
     
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  9. ord.sgt.26NC

    ord.sgt.26NC Gott mit uns!

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    geee...wonder why the military ties down the frame instead of just the axle tube. Wonder how many hard core wheelers had thought how nasty it is to lay under to wrap a strap around an axle when they have winch points on the bumpers. You wanna guess what I do?
     
  10. a_kelley

    a_kelley mechanical fixer

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    As far as I know there's a whole debate over tying the frame down because it relies on the suspension to hold them taut, though if the straps are closer to horizontal than vertical it would probably be ok. That's just thinking on it..
     
  11. karatejosh

    karatejosh Well-Known Member

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    You must not have much suspension travel my straps would get loose quick going over bumps with how soft my springs are and who wants to right spring and air bump pressure every time they tie down there rig


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  12. skyhighZJ

    skyhighZJ Thanks for your taxes

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    @ord.sgt.26NC is correct. Whenever they line haul or rail head vics here (1,000’s a month in and out) they are tied to the bumper sling points. The difference between a military vehicle and @BigClay TJ or whoever’s civilian vehicle is the suspension is completely different. Military suspensions are very stiff and won’t sway and bounce once chained down tight. At least not enough to loosen the tie downs.
     
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  13. shawn

    shawn running dog lackey of the oppressor class Administrator

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    Try that shit on a wheeler and it'll come unhooked or break the straps. BTDT
     
  14. StretchASU

    StretchASU Well-Known Member

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    Axle straps around the tubes.
     
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  15. Stuntman Autoworks

    Stuntman Autoworks Instigator of things

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    Axle straps around the tubes here also.
     
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  16. upnover

    upnover Grumpy, decrepit Old Man Moderator

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    Straps around the tubes. My ratchets go around and hook back to themselves.
     
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  17. ord.sgt.26NC

    ord.sgt.26NC Gott mit uns!

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    It's good to stir de pot once in a while. Brings the burnt crap to the surface.
    I kept reading all the responces and nobody pushed the subject and I got bored sooooooo.
     
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  18. R Q

    R Q Well-Known Member

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    Chains or straps over the pumpkin then down below the tubes and then out to the attachment points on the trailer.
     
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  19. a_kelley

    a_kelley mechanical fixer

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    I usually chain over rear end center section to back of trailer & winch front axle & come along for extra security... That's mostly junk I'm getting rid of though.
     
  20. brandon.

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    Straps around the axle tubes going wide out front and x in rear

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  21. easleycrawler

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    Yep, axle straps here as well.
     

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