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How to Tie Your Mini Down to a Trailer with Mini ratchet straps

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How to Tie Your Mini Down to a Trailer with Mini ratchet straps

When you push, especially project cars that have been sitting for years, both actions may have no appreciable effect.

If there is any concern that the car might move while you are fitting small ratchet strapschock the wheels, or have

multiple assistants hold the car in place.


There is no need to over-tighten the mini ratchet straps.  I have seen vehicles tied onto trailers with chain and load 

binders; hardware suitable for heavy equipment.This sort of gear can leave a car with permanent damage to the frame, 

body or both.

Minis without any ratchet tie-down or recovery points:  

There are a few places you can go here.   and then cross the car diagonally to make an X. At the rear,this will result in

wear to the strap over time, and may also result in the strap being pulled into and becoming stuck between the rubber 

cone and the steel of the sub framework, where it might be hard to remove it.  I've never done this with any of those 

steel coil spring replacements.  As long as the strap is armored and you keep an eye on wear, you should be fine.

The exhaust is usually in the way of running the mini ratchet straps in an X.  You can run them parallel, but do watch 

for movement from side to side.Another excellent place to tie a mini down is the large round hole in the front sub frame 

behind the axles. You can use this hole to place a hook to go forward or backwards.mostly as that uses the load control 

hardware that comes with the truck.

Wheel bonnets make this an even more secure system. And these folks will make a set of smaller wheel bonnets that 

will fit 10" mini tires and tires. While these may not come with a load rating tag, these are small ratchet straps that 

are easily rated for 6000 lbs+. and fasten the other end of the strap a small amount farther back so that you can fasten

the ratchet.

Another system, one used to tie multiple cars onto big trailers,  through an axle strap, and then in back of the tire,  

and then to a point behind that wheel and at the rail again. This is another style where a wheel bonnet style tie 

down can make for fast, secure work.

Straps can sometimes be run through the openings of aluminum or metal rims.  This depends on the actual rim.  Some 

wheels will have sharp corners that may cut into the miniratchet straps.  As with any design of fastening the automobile 

down, you need to regularly check the put on and tension of all 1" ratchet straps.  To prevent the strap from polishing 

the area below it, 


Regardless of the system you choose, Securely chock the wheels before you begin, and place the tow vehicle transmission 

in Park and fully apply the parking brake.  If you are working in rain or other weather, extra caution is advised.  Trailer 

decks can be slippery and sharp.  Once you are under way, stop in a safe place in the first half hour and re-check the entire rig: 

Safety chains, breakaway switch cable, coupler, trailer lights, doors, hood, trunk and any additional latches on the car or on the trailer.

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