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    Trailer with plywood flatbed - how to strap things down

    I like the sound of flatbed trailers like the one pictured below, but how on Earth are you supposed to strap items down to them? Thanks.Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 10.31.04 PM.jpg

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    Drill and cut some 2-3" diam holes.
    See here.

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    Eyebolts

    Quote Originally Posted by CompleteStreets View Post
    I like the sound of flatbed trailers like the one pictured below, but how on Earth are you supposed to strap items down to them? Thanks.Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 10.31.04 PM.jpg
    I bought a box of these with different sizes for $5 from Harbor Freight. They were on sale so I don't know if they still have them. I usually keep my bikes inside the van when traveling and use the eyebolts for bungee cord attachments to keep my bikes in place. Big washers top and bottom are helpful depending upon the thickness of your attachment point.
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    Drill even 1" holes in the edge of the plywood to use as tie down points.. (groups of 3 will let you have an adjustable line tightener, for cordage)

    or how about cleats, like boats use, ? come in all sizes https://www.google.com/search?q=mari...w=1793&bih=915

    something like that can also be cut into the edge of the plywood, too, if its not too thin. say 1/2"
    http://dockcleats.com/wp-content/upl..._zag_cleat.jpg
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    You need to keep the flatbed surface flush.

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    .. then the boring holes and the routering out tie down cleats in the edge of the Plywood panel are a good techniques IMHO. .

    you know how to make a router pattern? have a router , or a jigsaw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by okane View Post
    I bought a box of these with different sizes for $5 from Harbor Freight. They were on sale so I don't know if they still have them. I usually keep my bikes inside the van when traveling and use the eyebolts for bungee cord attachments to keep my bikes in place. Big washers top and bottom are helpful depending upon the thickness of your attachment point.
    I use these on my flatbed trailer.

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    The bed should have some kind of non-slip surface on it. I glued a hard rubber mat on mine. Then you can use at least 2 long straps, one longitudinal and the other across. This works well for large 1 piece loads.

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    Great ideas

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    Might try screwing some 1" tubular poly or spectra webbing (climbing webbing) to the deck with wide-washered upholstery screws spaced neatly about 6" apart. Just make sure you put a carabiner or something between the webbing and any tie-down ropes as rope cuts webbing and other ropes.
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    I built an aluminum frame trailer which now has a plywood bed. I've been using it in an incomplete form so I have places where I can snag the frame with a strap. However, once it is finished, I'll have a few slots where I can get a strap around the frame.

    Even without holes, you can always encircle the bed of the trailer with your strap. I like using non-ratcheting cam straps.

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    i never got a round to finishing it, but the flatbed bike i made has an emt frame the wood sits on, so i can hook a bungee cord to it.

    i also kept an eye out on ebay 'til i found a bungee net i thought would work with it. the bed is about 2'x3', and the net unstretched is about 15"x24". so it should stretch over the whole thing depending on how big an item is. or switch to some cheap ratchet straps from harbor freight if what i carry is too big for the net.

    edit: i forgot. i don't know how you'd do it if there's just wood with no framing, but i also made sort of a rail surrounding that's the same size as my flatbed. so it works like a big basket, or take it off if what i'm carrying needs to stick out past the dementions of my flatbed.
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