A friend killed by an inadequately secured trailered vehicle comes to mind every time I load my Ranger, so I have been scouring these forums for your ideas and examples on a trailer tie-down system. Here’s what I ended up with so far.
Trainman200 put me on a new trailer, heavily and locally built 14 foot by 77 inch wide version with a folding ramp to reduce wind drag from Home | AAA Trailer Sales | Flatbed, Equipment, Utility, and Fuel Tank Trailers For Sale in Petty, TX
in NE Texas.
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The farm/hunting area has enough gravel roads that dirt and mud made me hate dealing with tie-down straps; and after reading through the different opinions on safety and suspension compression, I ended up with the LA Trailer Dog mounted on the front center of the trailer, leaving the mounting plate off the back of the floor. www.laguarddog.com
After mounting as far forward on the trailer floor as I could, I custom ordered a shortened “coupler head” to move the Ranger forward about 3 more inches which helped compensate for the weight of the rear engine on the 900 by adding a bit more stabilizing tongue weight.
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A KFI lower front hitch receiver was added to preserve the stock winch location. I found the best price at www.ruralking.com
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Rubber Wheel Chocks were mounted to the trailer floor for easier Ranger placement to secure with the Trailer Dog. I used Rubber Wheel Chock (WC1467A) | Welcome to Buyers Products Company
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Because some states require a 4 point system, I added a set of safety chains to the rear of the trailer connected to the safety chain loops on the Ranger hitch receiver. There are multiple ways to accomplish the same goal, but I decided on a removable safety chain system that can be stored when not in use. The chains are anchored to the trailer with 5,000 lb. Ericson Removable Anchor Rings found locally at Orscheln Farm and Home
They are mounted at the same level as the hitch receiver safety chain attachment holes; but at least for now, aren’t intended to be taunt. To keep the chains removable with hooks at each end, it either requires a bit of slack, or possibly attaching the chains prior to moving the Ranger forward to secure it with the Trailer Dog; which I haven’t tried yet.
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I used 5,000 lb. Curt Hooks from www.etrailer.com
on each end of the safety chain, again to permit removal and storage.
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Because I wanted high visibility to compensate for forgetfulness, I kinda cheaped out in the chain rating department by using 5/16[SUP]th[/SUP] welded orange powder coated chain with a 1,900 lb. rating.
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Storage so far is a two part idea with a permanently bed mounted black powder coated 30 x 12 x 11”Better Built ATV tote tool box (no handles) on one side of the Trailer Dog at the front of the trailer, mounted backward to keep mud out of the latch & lock. I happened to find the best price at Cabelas when they were offering free shipping. I custom cut some horse stall mat to avoid denting the sides with the drop down hitch and ball that I keep stored inside when not towing the Ranger, along with anything else I want to keep for towing/trailer purposes.
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To balance out the front of the trailer, on the other side of the Trailer Dog, I am adding another storage box; this one is an economical, lightweight, structural foam storage box from Walmart. The purpose is to have it removable from the trailer to the bed of the Ranger, and carry items that I might only use on longer trail rides, and wouldn’t carry when at the ranch working or hunting. The indentions in the top are handy to temporarily place latch pins and other small items when securing the Ranger on the trailer.
I don’t yet have the quick-detachable mounting system onto the trailer figured out yet, so I can easily move it back and forth from the trailer bed to the ranger bed, so I’m hoping to hear some ideas from you.
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Part 2 will follow since ten photos are all that are allowed on a single post. (Sorry for some oversize photos, don't know how to resize them.)