These are the 9 main reasons that Ratchet Straps can improve your life. Let’s begin.
9 Ways That Ratchet Straps Can Improve Your Life
Ratchet Straps (also referred to as Tie Down Straps) have been around for a long time. Historically, they have been used to secure cargo in the back of semis and on flatbed trailers. Although they have long been used in the trucking and transportation industry, they have recently become a useful tool for every household.
As time goes on, people have developed crafty and clever ways to use Ratchet Straps, and we believe that knowing these ways can be helpful in your daily life. That is why we have written this article today so please enjoy.
Moving a Kayak or Canoe
For most people that buy a kayak or canoe, transporting it seems like the least of their worries. All those people picture is the adventure that they will have while exploring the open waters. Unfortunately, they are ignoring a huge issue. That issue is transportation. Kayaks and canoes are often large and difficult to move around. This means that unless you have a large pickup, you will have to secure the vessel to the top of your car.
Ratchet Straps work great for that function. Ratchet Straps are dependable, strong, and relatively easy to use. Since these two items are usually long, they can catch gusts of win very easily so it is important for them to be secured properly and Ratchet Straps are a great way to accomplish that. So get your Tie Down straps today and keep your kayak or canoe on top of your car instead of on the side of the road.
Securing Small Vehicles with Ratchet Straps
You are on your way to the trails for the weekend with your new ATV. The last thing you would want is for your beloved ATV to fall over on the trailer or worse, fall off the trailer completely. There have been many arguments about which method is the best way to tie down a motorcycle, dirt bike, or ATV. One common denominator in every single method of securement is a Ratchet Strap or Cam Buckle Strap.
Ratchet Straps are a great way to tie down your recreational vehicle without causing damage to the paint or plastic because the material is much softer than a chain would be. They are also much stronger than bungee cords. Bungee cords should NEVER be used to secure cargo of any kind. They are easily stretched and broken and are not strong enough to safely secure cargo with any significant weight. Bungee cords are also easily damaged by the outside elements, a problem that is lessened by Ratchet Straps. There is no question that Tie Down Straps are the best way to secure your small vehicles.
Using Ratchet Straps on a Camping Trip
There are many different ways to utilize a Ratchet Strap on your next camping trip. Tired of sleeping on the hard ground at your campsite? There are plenty of tents on the market these days that are compatible with Ratchet Straps. Just find a few solid trees around your campsite and your tent will be airborne in no time at all.
Having your tent suspended into the air brings a whole new element to the camping experience. It also helps to keep you dry while you sleep during rainy seasons. The style of this tent also reduces the impact on the forest floor that a normal tent would have.
Since weʼre talking about being suspended into the air, we have to talk about hammocks. Hammocks have grown in popularity in the past few years with the discovery of easy securement methods like Ratchet Straps. You used to need to drill into the trees and place hooks to set up a hammock, but by using Tie Down Straps, setting up a hammock is easy. The webbing material is also much safer for the trees and causes no damage to bark or structure of the tree. Save yourself time and help save the environment by using Ratchet Straps next time you go to set up a hammock.
Using a Ratchet Strap in a Pickup Truck
You may be thinking, I already knew that people used ratchet straps in the back of pickup trucks. You are not completely wrong to think that, but there are some very interesting ways that people are able to utilize Ratchet Straps in pickups that we think will surprise you. With a tool as versatile as Tie Down Straps, people find ways to use them that may not be completely obvious. One way that we have seen people use them is by running the strap through bags of groceries in the bed to prevent them from shifting around.
This seems like a simple thing, but it really is quite effective since many pickups do not have a lot of space in the cab if there are multiple passengers. Another way that some people utilize Ratchet Straps is by making their own truck racks and then securing them to the bed of the truck with Ratchet Straps. This allows the racks to be removed quickly and easily by simply loosening the Ratchet Straps instead of having the rack bolted to the truck which is a more permanent solution.
Using Ratchet Straps During a Move
Moving can be a stressful time and rightfully so. There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding almost everything, but one thing that should not be uncertain is the safety of your valuable items during transportation. One way to reduce the amount of stress is by using Ratchet Straps to secure your items in the back of the moving truck.
There are a lot of items that might be okay on a smooth ride down a straight from point A to point B, but as we know that never happens. Sharp turns, bumps, and potholes are inevitable on virtually any drive and these things can be harmful to your cargo! That is why it is important to use Tie Down Straps on your items to account for these unfortunate realities.
Some moving trucks are equipped with E Track which is a great way to use Ratchet Straps, but if a truck does not have E Track we recommend using Endless Loop Straps to strap items together in bunches. This reduces the risk of individual items falling over by increasing the number of contact points with the ground. Moving blankets are another great way to prevent damage to your items and Ratchet Straps can be used to secure them to items that can be easily scratched or dented.
Using Ratchet Straps for DIY Projects
There are so many ways to use Ratchet Straps in your home. From home improvement to art projects we have you covered with a wide variety of Ratchet Straps. If you have been working hard on a project, the last thing you would want is for it to fall apart before your eyes because you failed to secure it properly. Ratchet Straps are an easy and cost-effective way to hold together any project you may have no matter how large. Ratchet Straps are sometimes an alternative to clamps when you are dealing with larger projects that clamps may not be able to handle.
Tie Down Straps are also less harsh than hard metal or plastic clamps because they are made out of polyester material which is rigid yet soft. Whatever project you are using the Ratchet Straps for, always make sure that you secure them properly and pay attention to the Working Load Limit and breaking strength of all the component parts. Failure to heed the labeled warning could cause your project to be damaged and yourself to be injured.
Using Ratchet Straps for Christmas Tree Securement
Many people think that the twine you receive at the Christmas tree farm is enough to tie the tree down to the top of the car. That could not be farther from the truth and could be extremely dangerous for you and those around you on the road. A study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration cites a statistic that says a 20-pound object falling from a truck at 55 miles per hour strikes with 1,000 pounds of force upon impact.
This statistic shows the shocking effect that falling objects can have on the roadways. With the average Christmas tree weighing 50 pounds you can imagine the impact that it would have on a car if it were to fall off during transit. This is why you should use multiple ratchet straps when strapping the tree to your car. Also, make sure that the tree is not blocking your view in any way because this could result in heavy fines. This helps to avoid adding another Christmas tree to the debris that is already littering our roadways and use Ratchet Straps.
Using Ratchet Straps for Pulling a Stuck Vehicle
The most common ways to pull a car out of the mud include using another vehicle and a tow strap or using a winch tied to a tree to pull yourself out. But what happens if you do not have another car with you? And winches can be expensive to install which means that many people donʼt have them. That is where Ratchet Straps come in. Ratchet Straps can be a viable alternative to a traditional winch strap.
All you have to do is find a nearby tree that is capable of supporting whatever vehicle you may be pulling out. The next step is to wrap one end of the Ratchet Strap around the tree and attach one end securely to the vehicle. Once you are securely attached to the tree and the vehicle you may begin to crank the ratchet until the vehicle is freed from whatever it was stuck in. If you are not sure about the strength of your ratchet straps you may want to use more than one as a safeguard against breaking.
Using a Ratchet Strap as a Slackline
Out of all of the uses we have discussed for Ratchet Straps so far, this one is by far the most fun. In the past decade, slacklining has greatly increased in popularity. What used to be an activity only for the most daring has become an activity that is being enjoyed in backyards all across the world. This increase in popularity is due to the relatively easy setup involving Ratchet Straps.
All you need are two trees and you can be set up and slacklining in minutes. Depending on the style of slacklining that you want, you will need to tighten or loosen the straps in order to reduce the tension on the Ratchet Strap. A slackline is an easy way to bring adventure to wherever you may be and is a good way to improve your balancing skills.
The list above is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Ratchet Strap uses. There are so many more ways that people use every single day but we hope that this article has given you some ideas about what Ratchet Straps can do for you. If you have any questions about the article above or about ratchet straps in general, feel free to give us a call at 800-483-2189. One of our experts will be happy to assist you in any way that they can.
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