Your safety on the road depends on these devices, and there are a variety of names for them: ratchet straps, tie-down straps, cam straps, lashing straps. For car transport, though, it doesn’t matter what you call them as long as you know how to use them properly.
Technically, ratchet straps are a length of durable, webbed material (typically polyester) connected to some type of ratchet.
The ratchet is used to provide tension higher than a simple knot tied by hand could provide, making it easier to secure cargo tightly. They can be found with load capacities between 2,000 and 15,000 lbs, which means they are typically used for heavier applications, such as securing a vehicle onto a trailer or a large appliance inside a covered trailer.
Cam straps (or cam buckle tie-downs) are similar, but slightly different. Typically coming in 1- or 2-inch versions, these feature a thumb-depressible cam. The cam usually has 12-20 teeth that “grab” the strap that’s been fed through it, holding it in place. These come in several varieties: one type has a slot designed to fit into a trailer or vehicle’s track, and may be rated up to 2,500 lbs.
A more common type of cam strap simply has a buckle that is designed to loop back and attach to the strap itself. These generally have load capacities of 1,000 lbs or less. Obviously, the fact that you can adjust these with only a thumb means that cam straps are typically used for much lighter applications, such as securing small items to a trailer or inside a truck bed. People commonly use this type of straps to secure kayaks and canoes to the tops of cars and SUV’s in combination with kayak carriers and roof racks.
The terms tie-down straps and lashing straps, are simply catch-all terms that may mean either of the types discussed above.
Whether you’re using a covered truck to move your home’s contents or using a trailer to transport your off-road vehicle, it’s important to know the different types of straps and their potential uses to avoid a mistake that could result in loss of property, injury, or even death.
Vault Cargo is pleased to offer a variety of tie down solutions for securing your cargo during transport. The 15-foot premium ratchet straps feature a 1500-pound break strength. The lashing straps come in both 12-foot and 8-foot versions, meaning Vault Cargo is your go-to source for all your cargo transport needs. Order from Amazon or directly through the Vault Cargo website today!