Your work of securing the cargo on the trailer is incomplete until you secure it using a strap. It is also very important to use the straps in the right way to get the best result. For that you need to choose the right hook and the length of the strap along with the number of straps needed.
Ratchet straps are made up of the high quality material with the webbing. The following is the proper way of using the tie down straps:
Select the Strap
First of all you need to select the right style of strap for your cargo. As there are mainly two types of straps available i.e. with the elasticity and without the elasticity. Once you select the type you can decide which strap you want to use bungee strap, ratchet strap or the winch strap. Along with that you can choose the color and the width of your strap.
Decide the length
Once the final strap is decided you need to decide what length you require for each strap, depending upon the quality of your material and the height of the cargo load. The type of vehicle you are using also influences the length of your strap, like a flatbed trailer, a dump truck, etc.
Choosing hooks can be a tricky part when it comes to tying down your cargo. The various shapes of hooks like flat hooks, chain anchor hooks, S - shaped hooks have their own uses. By picking an appropriate hook you will reduce a lot of effort and worry of transporting the cargo over a long distance.
To tie down the goods with the strap make sure that your tarp is first evenly secured on the cargo and its ends are clenched properly. The weight of your cargo will decide how many straps you need to pull across the trailer to grip them. For e.g. if your load weighs 2000 lbs you need eight straps rated at 250lbs each.
Inspect the tie down
Once the cargo is well strapped and tied down; check the strap's strength on the goods and see if it is loose from anywhere. Also you need to make sure that the strap does not come into direct contact with the chemicals or other harmful material which can damage your straps. The friction of webbing with goods should be avoided as this can cut the straps even if they are durable ones.
The use of straps is inevitable for the safe delivery of the goods at its destination. You must get your ratchet tie down as soon as possible to avoid any mishap in the journey.