Tie down methods

Submitted: Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 14:23
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Hi folks,

I have finally bitten the bullet and I am getting my Tracklander roof racks (Tent Topper model ) fitted on Thursday and looking forward to having a bit of extra space in the wagon and a bit more order! Just wondering what the preferred method of tying down items up top is? I am a bit of a novice here so any advice on best/safest products to use and any handy tips on tying down loads would be a massive help!

Thanks in advance

Craig
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Reply By: Ralph M2 - Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 16:04

Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 16:04
I've always used a tarp twice !s big as the rack folded up the sides then the back then the front and put a trailer net over the lot
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Reply By: Member - Paul B (WA) - Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 16:55

Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 16:55
Tie down straps are great these days (especially if you're out of practice with your sheep shanks and truckies' hitches, like most of us!) and are cheap as at hardware and car accessory joints.

We also have a "Rack Sack" which attaches to the roof rack with Velcro tie downs and is great for lots of soft, light, loose items, eg sleeping bags, pillows, clothing bags.

You'll also be amazed by how much you can reach on the roof rack standing on a rear tyre.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 22:18

Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 22:18
Craig,

We also had a Rack-Sack, and found it held a lot of gear, and kept it out of the rain and dust. The first one ripped along one seam, and was replaced without question, by ARB.

These small ratchet straps you can buy now are the ducks-nuts for containing a load. They're light, cheap and really stop any movement. If you had, say 4 - 6 of them along a roof rack, there'd be little chance of any loss, or movement. I think they're so good, you could probably break stuff, with the amount of purchase one can put on the ratchet system.

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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl - Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 22:19

Sunday, Oct 14, 2012 at 22:19
When i was more flexable i use to climb up the rear tyre to get to our gear up there. Blow me down i saw another woman do the same. Ratchet straps are the go. We use them on our motor bikes too.
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Reply By: steven r3 - Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 20:17

Monday, Oct 15, 2012 at 20:17
Can't go past tie down straps but make sure u spend a bit and don't get the cheap ones, If rope is your thing learn 2 knots the clove hitch and the truckies knot the can't fail, dont forget practice makes perfect.
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