<VV> trailer tie downs (Corvair)

AKG hdflstf at earthlink.net
Wed Mar 23 00:48:43 EST 2005

With all that trouble you went through for the chains you should think about
use the t-hook (not sure of the exact name..) ends as they will hook into
the slots on the underside of the car that are there for that purpose.  I
had to show the movers when they moved the car 2800 miles.

The Artful Dodger

> From: Dale Dewald <dkdewald at pasty.net>
> Date: Wed, 23 Mar 2005 00:13:24 -0500
> To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
> Subject: Re: <VV> trailer tie downs (Corvair)
> At 10:26 PM 3/22/05 -0500, Ed wrote:
>> I just purchased an aluminum car trailer. This is new territory for me and
>> I'd like to know from those with experience where the tie down straps go
>> on an
>> EM? It came with tie downs but I plan on perhaps buying new ones. With that
>> said what do I look for, weight specs, brand, best place to but, etc. Thanks.
>> Ed in Fla
> Hello Ed,
> I prefer to be on the safe side and tie my cars (and other wheeled or
> tracked machinery) down with chains.  I have made up a set of 5/16" high
> tensile strength chains (rated for transport use) that are about 5 feet
> long with a chain hook on one end and a slip (choker) hook on the other.  I
> purchased the cut lengths of chain and hooks from Fleet-Farm (also check
> Tractor Supply).  The slip hook end of each chain can be wrapped around a
> frame member or crossmember or hooked into a hard point (as found F & R on
> FC's).  The other end can then be adjusted to the most convenient mounting
> point available on the trailer.  I then use a pair of load binders (5400#
> type typically on the front chains) to tighten the vehicle down.  Another
> option is to use two choke chains and one long (standard 16 ft) transport
> chain that wraps around some secure part(s) of the vehicle.
> I have shied away from nylon straps for vehicles.  The nylon stretches and
> allows the vehicle to move around somewhat (especially on our rough MI
> roads) which can cause the strap to chafe, fray or possibly be cut
> through.  Straps work fine for lumber, boxes, items in crates, etc.
> For LM Corvairs:
> 1) Two chains wrapped around the front suspension crossmember.
> 2) One chain each on lower strut rods.
> 3) Load binders on front chains.
> For EM Corvairs
> 1) Two chains on front suspension crossmember.
> 2) One chain each on each rear axle/driveshaft.
> 3) Load binders on front chains.
> FC's
> 1) One chain through each tow loop at bumper brackets.
> 2) Load binders on front chains.
> Option: attach per EM.
> ALWAYS make sure to STOP and check what ever tie downs you use after a
> short distance of transport (maybe a mile) and again after about 10 miles
> and at 100 miles, then whenever a stop is made for fuel, restroom, etc...
> Dale Dewald
> Hancock, (UP) MI
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