I just bought a new "toy hauler" and plan on traveling with my babies. Is there a "correct" way to tie her down. Where are the difinate no, no's to attach the straps. Should I chock the wheels? There will be an Indian Chief beside her. My RV (Raptor, 40FT) has a 9X14 garage with a diamond deck (rubber covered) floor.
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When I hauled mine, I used 3 ratcheting ribbon tie downs - rated for 700 lbs.
One for each front wheel and one for the back.
Besides feeding it through the wheel spokes, I wrapped it around the wheel and hooked it on the other side. So the wheel and rim where in a loop. Snugging it up took more care, but when it was done, the Spyder did not budge an inch side to side or forward or back for over 500 miles.
Of course, set the parking brake before you tie it down.
Take it easy for the first 10 to 20 miles or so, then stop and check the tie downs. Mine were new and needed to be snugged up again, but were fine for the rest of the trip.
On the trailer I had, the tie down anchors were about a foot and a half to two feet in front of the front tires and behind the rear tire, so there was tension pulling it forward and backward. With the parking brake off, three of us could not budge it forward or back.
I had chocks, like Scotty mentioned, but since it was a rented trailer and the Spyder was stable, I didn't screw them into the bed and use them.
If you need pics, let me know and I will post some.
If you still have the pictures I would like to see them im towing the spyder for the first time
Originally Posted by Tom in NM
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I have put a spyder and two good sized cruiser bikes in my toy hauler, but I have a little more room since I don't have a specific garage. The spyder goes in the kitchen. I don't like to tie off to the front tires unless you have a straight pull on them. If you pull at angles I feel it will damage you front suspension. I tie off to the frame under the spyder. Depending on your cargo the ties never seem to be in the right place for spyders. Just don't get your straps pushing up against anything that might break or scratch easily.
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