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Hey all, I am new to the SxS/ UTV world and just picked up my new flat-bed trailer yesterday. Never have attempted to secure a load this size before, and curious what is the best way to do so. Let’s see your set-up!
 

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I dont have a picture right now, but I use 4 ratchet straps. One off each hold by the hitch and one to each mounting point on the lower part of the front bumper. I angle them to the sides of the trailer and make sure it is in park. Just got back from a 3.5 hour drive up north and it worked perfectly. I also keep the engine over the front axle of the trailer for weight distribution. I have a dual axle flatbed trailer.

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Tire bonnets on the e track I installed on my trailer deck. The fastest and most secure I have ever strapped something with wheels down.
 

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I know that many people simply use straps over the tires, and I'm sure they will all swear that it's perfectly safe - and it might be - but strapping that way does nothing to prevent lateral shift. Tire bonnets, in my opinion, are much safer and more secure.

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I know that many people simply use straps over the tires, and I'm sure they will all swear that it's perfectly safe - and it might be - but strapping that way does nothing to prevent lateral shift. Tire bonnets, in my opinion, are much safer and more secure.

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You might be right. But till now nothing haven't shifted laterally ..even doing wash road...

I was skeptical at first but when I 've tried it and tried to push it laterally....only ting that it wanted to do is make the all thing tumble over with the trailer. So if someting would happen...the sxs and the trailer would tip over in one part...if that happens...I'll probably be in deep sh÷$^%@...
 

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What if a tires going down and suddenly you have to make a drastic avoidance maneuver.
One tire down....strap is not holding could start a domino effect?

I’m still Old school. Tie down to frame all four corners. 2” HD ratchet straps. Hooks with buckles.
I’m concerned for the other guy if my-load comes off.
I’m in no hurry. 5 minutes I’d guess it takes me to ratchet down.


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What if a tires going down and suddenly you have to make a drastic avoidance maneuver.
One tire down....strap is not holding could start a domino effect?

I’m still Old school. Tie down to frame all four corners. 2” HD ratchet straps. Hooks with buckles.
I’m concerned for the other guy if my-load comes off.
I’m in no hurry. 5 minutes I’d guess it takes me to ratchet down.


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Still have 3 straps holding tight.
On the other hand I had more issue with straps on the frame...

The thing is with strapping on the frame the suspension moves and can make the car move because at some point the strap comes loose.
That why I went with the straps on the tires. Wanted to go with the bonnet style...but for my rig it didn't worth the extra $..but if I had a 4 seaters...I surely would go with the bonnet style for the extra peace of mind.
 

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I agree with bonnets. And 3 tires still holding probably gonna do the trick.

I pull mine down about 2” into the suspension stroke. It doesn’t move. Unless a tire is going down!
I’m also pulling side to side and front to back.
Guy who does my shocks says it doesn’t hurt anything.

And loose straps yes a problem.
That is why I use HD buckles on the hooks. And ez track hooks with the HD O Ring.

Hey 4 tires 4 straps. 4 straps to the frame.

We are way ahead of the guy with a $6.99 set of Harbor Freight 1” Dirt Bike Cam buckles.
And even then they only use 1-2.!!!






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I’m still Old school. Tie down to frame all four corners. 2” HD ratchet straps. Hooks with buckles.


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This...

Or as I do- I loop through the suspension points so the car can float.
I also put an extra emergency strap to the front so the car cannot slip rearwards.

2 things I have see with 4 straps- some people use the same tie down point for 2 straps-frame hook front and rear. Don't like that either in case the tie down point breaks.

Remember-if unfortunately you get into a rear ender collision, the straps can break and launch the car into your tow rig.
Happened to my friend on a smaller scale (bikes) when some moron pulled out in front of him in his camper and he T-boned him- broke most of the straps.

I use 12k straps for the car. X 4
 

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No photos available- basically I have loop racket straps that I loop around the lower a/arms in front and trailing arm in the rear. I used to loop them through the wheels like the tow truck guys do but my new wheels are too small openings.
 

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i use 4 of these (they get as low as 25 for a pair)
https://www.amazon.com/Erickson-34416-Retractable-Ratcheting-Tie-Down/dp/B005C2ACBI?ref_=bl_dp_s_web_3027725011

which are strictly used for tying down atvs.

one on each corner of the machine. one end goes on the outer a arm, other goes to the trailer tie down point. similar to wheel bonnets in that it allows the rzr suspension to help out the trailer suspension. no chance of losing a strap when the suspension compresses over a road bump. but way cheaper than wheel bonnets.
 

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Total loss, that’s what I have for hooks.
Like I said earlier. We....here.....seem to be conscious of the fact it’s important to secure our load. Unlike some real sketchy set ups out there.


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Try Shippers Supply. They will make anything you want in any length and color. Very reasonable prices.
I had them build mine with Stainless Steel Ratchets with extra long leverage handles. And 2”HD Snap Hooks.

Also do wheel bonnets. E Track. Axel Straps. Abrasion sleeves for wear points. Good people.


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I tie down with 4 ratchet heavy duty straps. Tire straps are best.

When using 4 straps, I cross them, one end secured to the left front bumper tie point to the right front trailer tie point (3/8's eye bolt) and so forth on all the corners.

I have found if I don't cross them, the suspension can compress enough to unhook a strap no matter how tight. Also, any shifting is greatly reduced.

I drive fairly conservatively, but people in my area like to pull out in front of you and do all kinds of activities that cause some extreme action on my part, and that is why I tie it down securely.

Don't be "that guy" that winches the front and uses one strap loosely weaved through the rear end. (I know you won't be because you asked the question :surprise)


Tire bonnets are best, if not that then, four points with good quality heavy ratchet straps and good tie down points. Soft straps work well around the frame if you don't have bumpers to secure to. 3/8s or larger eye bolts in the trailer work well for tie down points.

Good question. Stay safe.
 

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