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Crossing Tie-Down Devices on Car Carriers

Oct 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Should you cross tie-down chains or straps at the rear of vehicles being transported on car carrier decks? International Institute of Towing and Recovery contributing writer Peter Fuerst says caution should be used when crossing tie-downs for several reasons: The attachment hooks will probably not be lined up properly in tie-down slots; tie-down chains or straps will be longer than if they were installed in-line with the frame, increasing the chance they can loosen during the tow; and crossing tie-downs can cause a rubbing action against the tie-downs where they cross, as well as on the fuel cell, spare tire and other components.

For more car carrier tie-down info, see the article “Crossing Tie-Downs on Car Carriers” in the October issue of Tow Times.