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Old 08-12-2012, 08:44 PM   #1
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For those that trailer, what kind of tie downs do you use

I'm thinking of getting a trailer for the Camaro and wondering what type of tie downs do people use. The trailer I'm looking at has 4 D-rings (2 front/2 rear). The guy that is selling it ran straps through his wheels and uses the side rails with ratchet straps that have J - clips to secure it.

With having powder-coated wheels I'm not liking that idea.

Here's what the trailer looks like:
http://www.randpcarriages.com/suretr...carhauler.html
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:55 PM   #2
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You want wheel baskets. You may need to add additional D rings but it's a ton easier and quicker to tie the car down, plus you don't have to crawl around underneath it, and they go over and around the tire. Nothing touches the wheels.
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Old 08-12-2012, 08:56 PM   #3
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I installed d-rings in front and behind each tire and run the strap over the tire. Works great. Holds the car in place and allows the suspension full travel.
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Old 08-12-2012, 09:00 PM   #4
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Check into etrack for tying the car down, or anything else... You still use the tire baskets as SuperchargedSS mentioned... No wheel touching...

I got mine at etrailer.com
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:02 PM   #5
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:55 PM   #6
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I always just strapped to the lower control arms.

They tell you to crisscross the rear straps so it's less likely to shift side to side.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:01 PM   #7
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Lower control arms in front, rear axle in rear, and criss cross the rears like mentioned. I do every car I haul that way and have never had a single issue.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:08 PM   #8
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Lower control arms in front, rear axle in rear, and criss cross the rears like mentioned. I do every car I haul that way and have never had a single issue.

Yeah but the Camaro is an IRS car so I wouldn't recommend axles on the rear.

I treat them like front wheel drive cars, lower control arms on rear too.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:20 PM   #9
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I have been using the trailer for a bunch of different cars, when I do the Camaro it is on the LCA's on the rear as well.
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Old 08-12-2012, 11:51 PM   #10
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I have been using the trailer for a bunch of different cars, when I do the Camaro it is on the LCA's on the rear as well.
I know you do, anyone with trailer experience knows that.

I was clarifying for the trailer noob so he doesn't strap onto his halfshafts.

For those foreign cars that have tow hooks, I am very thankful as well.
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:48 AM   #11
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:00 PM   #12
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I use cluster hooks and rachets. Use the factory shipping points front and rear. This way you will never pull your cars suspension out of alinement. I have anouther setup that requires e-track.

Pm me for details and maybe a trailer if you haven't bought one yet.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:56 AM   #13
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Go to Macs custom tie downs and start reading there. Watch the how to videos. On my Camaro they have holes in the frame that are made for holding the car down. Macs sells the cool little hooks that go up inside the frame. Also some may disagree with me but crossing the straps is not the best way to tie down your car. A member of a local car club I belong is a load master in the Air Force and wrote a great post on how to tie stuff down. I will see if I can find it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:49 AM   #14
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I would recomend crossing the rears on a fifth gen if using the factory key hole slots. Reason being they are forward of the rear tires and your strap has to run inboard of the tires. I cross my 8ft rear straps and barely have enough to feed into the ratchet. My car has never moved in the trailer and I tow the thing like a nut. Run the fronts at a very slight angle.

Hell my circle track customers only tie one wheel. They say the tires stick to the floor to keep it from sliding side to side.

No matter what you do if you were in a bad auto accident ie roll over or headon either your straps will brake or d-rings will fail 50% of the time.

Also buy a trailer long enough as that a minimum of 4 feet of trailer sticks out behind the car. This way when you get rear ended the idiots car wont hit yours on the trailer. Seen this a few times now.
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