Cargo Trailer Tie Downs & Tips

May 1, 2019

Alright, we get it. The headline isn’t exactly clickbait, but that doesn’t mean it’s no less important than the Top 10 Cute Animal Videos or Three Things You Must Know Before Crossing the Street! After all, this article is all about keeping your prized possessions safe during transit. And that’s pretty important. We’re talking boxes, furniture, and the rare classic car or motorcycle that you can’t afford to see up against a wall when you open the ramp door.

So, what is a tie down?

We’re glad you asked. Tie downs are durable straps that allow you to secure items to the trailer’s interior so they don’t go flying around after bumps and curves in the road. Tie downs come in many widths, lengths, materials, and colors. But almost all of them share a locking clasp that allows you to increase or reduce slack in the strap and metal hooks that allow you to anchor the strap to different areas around the trailer.

And where do I secure the straps?

Another good question! Most enclosed trailers (and definitely Look trailers) feature different ways for you to secure straps to the interior and floor. Some standard, some optional, the trailer tie-down anchor you need depends on your haul.

  •  E-Tracks

As the name implies, these E-shaped tracks are integrated into the flooring or sides of the trailer. The track itself features numerous slats from which you can hook a tie-down strap to. Typically spaced about an inch apart, these tracks allow for a wide range of options. You can also attach rope rings and D-rings to them, whichever you prefer. Just make sure they’re secure before you go!

Not only do E-tracks give you spacing options along the length of the trailer, they allow for multiple angle types so awkward or bulky items don’t become a problem.

  • D-Rings

Recessed into the floors and/or sidewalls, these metal rings (shaped like a D, of course) are firmly secured at various points throughout the trailer. Since they provide consistency, D-rings are ideal for those who know they’ll be tying down similar items every time they haul, like a snowmobile trailer or motorcycle trailer, for example.

Some basics to remember:

  • Center the cargo you’ll be tying down in the middle of your cargo trailer. Or, place them against the far wall (the one against the rear of the tow vehicle) for ideal weight distribution and safety.
  • Make sure the straps are tight. Not so much that they damage what you’re trying to keep from moving, but snug enough that there’s no wiggle room.
  • Use more than one strap, if necessary. Attach straps so they cross one another over the cargo. This way, even if the trailer shifts left to right, the items aren’t going anywhere.

Whether it’s snowmobile trailer tie-downs, car trailer tie-downs, or any variety you’re looking for, your local Look Trailers dealer can provide helpful information and other towing supplies.