Choosing the Right Cargo Tie Down Anchor for Your Vehicle
Tie-down straps alone are not enough to secure your cargo during transport. The strong uplift force in high-speed situations may cause the straps to come off and leave your cargo unsecured. If you don't want your items damaged, you need to get heavy-duty cargo tie down anchors for your truck or trailer's strapping system. Each anchor comes with a mechanism that helps fasten the straps securely, so the cargo stays in place during travel. You need to consider a few things first before choosing a cargo tie down anchor set. We've come up with some tips to help you decide better.
What are the things to consider in choosing a cargo tie down anchor?
Strength - Tie down anchors are generally strong enough to secure virtually all types of cargo, but they may also break under extremely heavy weight. We recommend choosing anchors with a load capacity that matches the weight rating of the cargo you'll be transporting. This way, the weight will be evenly distributed, and you don't have the worry about the anchors giving up in the middle of the journey. Extremely heavy cargo may need anchors with a weight capacity of up to 40,000 pounds. For lighter load, anchors with a 1,000-lb. weight capacity would be enough.
Type - The most common tie-down anchor type is the D-ring. It's very simple and easy to install, but it comes with a high weight capacity for heavy-duty applications. Another type of anchor is the E-track. Unlike traditional anchors with only one fixed point, E-tracks have a series of slots so that you can choose the best position for the straps. E-tracks give you more freedom to select exactly where to anchor the straps, so we recommend this type if you're hauling cargos of different sizes regularly. The newest type of anchor is the airline track. Like the E-track, it also has various anchor points for flexibility and has a high load capacity. Airline track anchors have low profiles, making them less obtrusive. These anchors won't get in the way even if you haul stuff around, so we recommend this type for larger cargos.
What is the cost of a cargo tie down anchor?
Some manufacturers offer a combined triple-plated chrome and zinc cargo tie down anchor for less than $20 each. If you're planning to buy more than one anchor, then the price can go up to $120 for a set of six. For high-grade anchors, the price can shoot up to around $40 each. If you want more savings, we recommend cargo tie down anchors that cost around $20 for a set of two.
How to Install a Cargo Tie Down Anchor
A cargo tie down anchor helps secure your load and protect it from damage. You can easily fit anchors to your trailer or truck bed and fasten the strapping system to their rings so that your cargo's weight is fully supported during travel. Cargo tie down anchors can be easily installed with the help of a few tools and basic DIY knowledge. Here are the tools you need and the steps to follow in installing a cargo tie down anchor:
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools that you'll need:
- Ratchet straps
- Phillips-head bit
- 3/4-inch screws
Step 1: Choose the mounting points for each anchor. It may be on the trailer's floor or along the side walls. Most trailers usually have a skeleton of aluminum studs placed behind the walls and a set of screws holding the wood boards.
Step 2: Fit a screw into an anchor. If you're planning to fasten the anchors to the wall, make sure to install the screw positioned on the stud first. You can also install the anchors to the trailer's floor. The floor decking of trailers is usually two boards thick, so it can securely hold the screws and the anchors.
Step 3: Rotate the anchor to correct its position. Simply pivot it on the screw you installed to adjust it accordingly. Do the same process on all the anchors. Make sure to install each screw securely into the anchors' screw holes before mounting them.
Step 4: Install the trailer tie-downs to your desired anchor points. Attach straps between the anchor points using ratchet straps. Make sure the straps go across and around the cargo for maximum support.
Consider the cargo's weight before fastening the tie-downs to the anchors. Choose specific anchor points that can strap the cargo down securely.