First Year Solo. Knight Flatbed

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TwoSides11's Comment
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Also my truck still pulls to the right, the vibration in the steering wheel is gone though.....

Chief Brody's Comment
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To answer your first question yes you can fold them the same way that you do the excess from a ratchet strap.

With regards to basic strapping I have a slightly different method depending on whether I have edge protection or not.

No matter what the first thing I do is get out everything that I need for securement. Let's take a simple load like shingles that has 9 rows total. I'll get out 11 straps and 22 vee boards. I use two straps on the front row, two straps on the back row, and one strap over each row in between.

I have a bag that I can carry about eight straps. I'll start at the driver's side and put the buckle in the driver's side rub rail and throw the strap over the front half of the first row of shingles. Then I alternate so I'll throw a strap over the 2nd row from the driver's side, the 4th Row from the driver's side, the 6th throw from the driver's side, the 8th row from the driver's side, and then one over the back row toward the front half. Then I go to the passenger's side and throw straps over the back half of the last row, the seventh row, the fifth row, the third row, and then the strap over the back half of the first row.

While I'm on the passenger side I will take the straps that I had thrown from the driver's side and just thread them through the rub rail and line up a winch underneath it. I do this primarily to prevent them from blowing around in the wind and then you got straps everywhere. Plus I've learned to make sure that I have straps and winches lined up where I need them. I've learned that if you just start throwing straps and put them through winches you realize pretty quick that you've thrown a strap and you don't have a winch available to put it through. I generally also put the excess winches in between my straps on each side in case when I'm looking at the load I think I need just one more strategically placed strap then I don't have to worry about having a winch for it. Then I go and grab all of my vee boards and put them underneath the straps.

Then I'll go along and hand tighten each strap in the winch and then grab my winch bar and tighten them down.

If I don't have any edge protection then when I go to the passenger's side after I finish throwing the straps over the from the driver's side I will hand tighten those straps while I'm throwing the other straps from the passenger's side.

I can strap a shingle load in about 30 minutes.


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