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Old 03-21-2020, 08:12 AM
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tie-down points

I bought this trailer last fall, and I've used it quite a bit...finally getting to where time and weather will allow me to do some clean-up and improvements to it.

Mostly it's pretty straightforward stuff- sand and paint, fab a better license plate bracket- all the usual things.'

I'll probably put a wood floor in it eventually but not sure that's in the cards this spring.


But one of the most important improvements I want to make is adding better tie-down points. Lashing straps to pipe rails, or stake-pockets sucks. I picked up a 4-pack of d-rings the other day, and I may get some more- can't have enough tie-downs.

Looking for ideas, guidance and wisdom on where to install them...I've used the trailer for furniture, small tractors, motorcycles, and other assorted crap; I expect that is fairly representative, with a focus on the tractors, bikes and assorted crap. (Bolting a couple scraps of 2x4 through the floor to keep the bike tires from sliding side-to-side has worked well; I'd like an easier way to install and remove but I'm not currently planning on adding a proper wheel-chock.

Dimensions are a little unusual- 5.5' wide and 9' long inside...but works pretty well for me. Very easy size to tow, but big enough for what I need to haul.
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We always install the anchors to the corners and one up front center of the deck.
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Near corrners, middle,front, rear, sides.
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A buddy of mine put a strip of E-trak down the floor of his, one on each side. Worked surprisingly well.

If D rings is your thing then I like the corners, and one ahead and one behind the axle. Then a couple up front, set in from the outside edge a piece.

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Get another pack and weld 4 per side down the bottom angle iron on each side. Should be set then
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A buddy of mine put a strip of E-trak down the floor of his, one on each side. Worked surprisingly well.
Any issues with dirt and crap getting into the track? I was looking at that, but it seems like on an open trailer (that's stored outside) it would end up packed with crud over time?

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Get another pack and weld 4 per side down the bottom angle iron on each side. Should be set then
Don't have a welder here, so I'll be bolting them. (That said, I have a friend who's a certified welder and has expressed interest in borrowing the trailer when he doesn't need or want to use his big equipment trailer...if he ever does so, I might ask it come back slightly improved from when it left.)

Fortunately it's a small trailer that I pull with a small truck, so the loads aren't that heavy.
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On an expanded metal floor, not really. On a wood floor it might pose a problem. For what it is, e track is surprising easy to wash out, if you are going to be hauling gravel or something on it with a wood floor....... probably not a great solution.

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