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Discussion in 'Flatbed Trucking Forum' started by dberset, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. dberset

    dberset Bobtail Member

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    Hey guys. I have a 2012 manac flatbed conestoga and I’m looking for straps. Manac had a brainfart and designed a trailer you can’t hook straps to under the side rail(not rub rail). Because it’s a conestoga I cannot hook to the rub rail. The dealer we bought it from said at the time they had 600 cases and I thought for sure they would last a while. I was wrong, they’re out. Kinedyne made the originals proprietary for manac and stopped producing them a few years ago. I live up in the frozen tundra of upper Michigan and when they get some age they start sucking up water and freeze in the winter. The ones I have are in decent shape just wet and frozen all the time.
    If anyone can help me out I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thanks
     

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  2. Ruthless

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    put a tie bar on the hook side. It’s just a 2.5”x 1/4” piece of flat stock bolted to All the crossmembers.
    Tada. Now you can use flathooks, those ones you got, or chain ends (which would also work with most product for what you are looking to do now).
     
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  3. dberset

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    I’ve thought about that, and it would be easy but on a conestoga you have rubber flaps to seal the opening between the rub rail and deck in the bottom side. I haul multiple loads a week that are multi stop and having the hook I have makes it easy to unload something only on the hook side. If I use flat hooks doing what you say I’d have to pull the whole strap or multiple straps over roll em up and toss em back over because you can’t feed the hook back through the rubber flap(one way, top down only). With my hooks I just leave slack off the winches and unhook the hooks and let em hang over the edge. being still attached at the winch the lift driver just needs to make sure the hooks don’t get caught on any edges or the lift itself and pull out from underneath the straps. We have a transcraft with a conestoga also and it’s set up the normal way with flat hooks and the flat bar underneath but my trailer is quick and easy with my hooks.
    I may very well have to bolt the flat bar underneath if I cannot find a source for straps. I’m gonna give it a try and see what I can find.
     
  4. brsims

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    From the pictures, you also appear to have the tracks for J-Hooks? Also called J Plates? I used those all the time on my Rietnouer connie, and still use them on my Rietnouer side kit set up.

    You can get the at Tarpstop or other tarp shops. Or any place that sells and installs conestogas. Be prepared for some price sticker shock, but they do last a good long time and you can use them for flat hook straps or chain end. I use them for chains and binders on coils all the time, they work great.
     
  5. Ruthless

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    I have a couple conestogas. And do multi stop 3 runs a week. Tie bar. Flat hook.


    Peel the rubber back with your finger and open it to move the hook in or out. Hook the hook to the strap itself so it doesn’t catch the freight when they pull it off the hook side. Or throw the loose hook side over and they can pick the winch side or both sides. Then throw the hook over gently so the hook isn’t banging off your wagon, wheels, toolbox, lights. Push down thru the rubber and re hook.


    It works. That flap is there vs a closed opening so that you can put hooks down through to the tie bar, or the rail edge if your trailer has a deep enough one to catch purchase.
     
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  6. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

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    Would coating the straps with linseed oil be an impractical endeavor?
     
  7. Ridlingdj

    Ridlingdj Medium Load Member

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    I have been to a few good parts places and they will custom order you straps with what ever end you want and length for pretty close to the same price as others
     
  8. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Light Load Member

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    Soak your straps in antifreeze, they wont freeze.
     
  9. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

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    Like @Ruthless said, just peal the rubber back with you hand. A lot of times I will push dow from the inside with my other hand to help get the rubber out of the way.
     
  10. dberset

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