How many Straps, Chains,Binders?

Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by Vegas_Driver, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. truckdriver_mn

    truckdriver_mn Bobtail Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    west of the cities
    I carry 14 4" with ratchets 4 2", 8 1/2" chains and binder. 4 5/8" chains and 6 3/8"
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  3. Autocar

    Autocar Road Train Member

    Apr 28, 2012
    The Hot Rod Shop Oxford, AL
    I do general freight, if it fits on the trailer, without hanging over the sides. Here is my list.
    Tarps for loads up to 48' X 8'6" X 8'6"

    20 chains and binders

    30 4" X 30'straps

    30 sliding winches (15 per side)

    8 2" X 30' ratchet straps

    8 sets of coil racks and dunnage
  4. MJ1657

    MJ1657 Road Train Member

    Jan 28, 2012
    Isanti, MN
    It's handy to have some 2" ratcheting straps. Other day I was hauling some lumber and a band broke. I was able to wrap a 2" ratchet strap around to keep the load together.
  5. cgilliland

    cgilliland Medium Load Member

    Mar 13, 2017
    do you guys wind the 4" straps up in the winches and tighten them down on the rail when empty or do you roll them and stow them
  6. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

    Jul 1, 2018
    I think its personal preference. I stow them away. I dont ever throw the hook side anyhow so keeping them on the winches would be more work for me.
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  7. Powder Joints

    Powder Joints Subjective Prognosticator

    Sep 25, 2007
    Rosamond, SoCal
    I always roll up straps and stow them, I also don't leave chains on the bed, sometimes I have strapped a tarp or two down to the front of the bed, but even they need to be put away, just depends on how far your going.
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  8. FoolsErrand

    FoolsErrand Road Train Member

    Sep 15, 2017
    I remove them and roll up then rubber band em. Theyre much easier to throw accurately when you hook first then throw a roll, especially in very high wind. And when you run them through the winch with only one wrap of diameter theyll get way way tighter vs whole strap on winch. I tuck the tail slack under the work end to pad the trailer edge.

    Leaving all 40' on the winches means youve got to tighten all the slack before they snug up, and youll notice the straps get a goofy cupping sorta wavy stretch pattern over time.
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