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    Trailering

    I have come to inconclusive results with regards to hauling a vehicle on a private open bed trailer. Some say straps are ok, others say chains are required. Obviously the additional safety chains are a given. What main tie down method is legal? I have also read that it is different between open and enclosed carriers. Any insight to this?

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    Good question,

    I can speak to the question of straps vs. chains to start: As long as the straps are weight rated and the working load capacity is enough for the weight in question, you are good to go. You will need to ensure that there can be no side to side or forward to backward movement when arranging your tie-down points.

    I will have to ask my colleagues about the enclosed trailer portion of your question. I am not sure on that one!
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    As a former professional car hauler of 5 years I can assure you that properly rated straps are fully legal. The 2" wide ratcheting straps that are rated for 3500 lbs WLL (working load limit) times four is what I use on a 5500 lb Jeep.

    Chains are also legal as long as they are grade 70 chains and not some cheap hardware store junk. Using bear traps, binders or ratcheting tie downs, are all good. As long as they are rated for the load.

    Using straps is fare more idiot resistant but nothing is idiot proof. All of the vehicle manufacturers are requiring the use of straps on all truck shipments due to the damage that can be caused to frames and unibodies by chains. Chains get twisted, link damage is harder to see than freyed straps, they rust, heavy when puching weight limits.


    page 14 of this PDF link has the WLL info. It's the National Safety Code for Motor Carriers regulations.
    http://www.ccmta.ca/english/committe...2010_Final.pdf
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    Would there be any type of supporting documentation required "as proof" if the question arose? Ie certificate of weight of vehicle, or manufacturers documentation for tie downs? And, would any pre trip inspection documentation records need to be kept?

    I could have a frayed 2" strap that will not meet spec. Hypothetically.

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    damaged tie down points or straps is a ticket waiting to happen. "Unsecured load"

    Straps will have a generic stamp of the WLL limit. And there is no daily inspection log required for personal use.

    This will answer most of your questions.
    http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pub...onal-vehicles/

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    Only an example. Putting a strap in a bad spot can cause that in one trip.

    Second post is regarding inspection.
    Whilst I am digging through the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1nc3 View Post
    Would there be any type of supporting documentation required "as proof" if the question arose? Ie certificate of weight of vehicle, or manufacturers documentation for tie downs? And, would any pre trip inspection documentation records need to be kept?

    I could have a frayed 2" strap that will not meet spec. Hypothetically.
    If the weight of the vehicle was ever in question, the registration would probably be sufficient. I wouldn't expect that you would be using straps that come THAT close to the weight of your vehicle. Most people go above and beyond the minimum.

    Any straps that are weight rated, are REQUIRED to have that rating on a label attached to the strap. A strap that has become frayed, would probably no longer be approved.

    As for your daily trip inspections, as far as I understand, those are for commercial vehicles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisbuilt View Post
    damaged tie down points or straps is a ticket waiting to happen. "Unsecured load"

    Straps will have a generic stamp of the WLL limit. And there is no daily inspection log required for personal use.

    This will answer most of your questions.
    http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pub...onal-vehicles/
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    Thanks folks! That certainly helps.
    Much appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1nc3 View Post
    Thanks folks! That certainly helps.
    Much appreciated
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