I’m calling this episode HOW TO TIE A CAR DOWN. What does this have to do with RV Living? Well if you want something to drive besides the motor home while away from home, this is what you do. My problems all started last summer when we first bought the new car hauler. I thought…tie a car down? No sweat, right? Just buy the strongest tie down straps I can find, of course. With my son, Joe’s, help, I wrapped them around the axels and frame of the car and tightened them down snugly. We left Show Low, AZ, driving confidently north toward Holbrook and I-40 (about 40 miles). Because I’m a careful driver (and maybe because I also wanted to admire my handiwork), I thought I should take a close look and see how things were going. My mouth dropped open! The heavy duty straps I had just paid a small fortune for were flopping in the wind. They looked like someone had cut them with a knife. I won’t bore you with all of the details of how I spent the next 1500 miles trying all sorts of arrangements to successfully secure the car down, because truly, no-one has the time or interest to hear about all of my frustration. So right now I’m thinking I should have called this episode, How NOT to tie a car down…or How NOT to lose your car on the freeway…or Sometimes you just have dumb luck and DON’T lose your car on the freeway. Never fear, though, I think I’ve finally figured it out.
Really… HOW TO TIE A CAR DOWN
Ok, I hate it when my wife is right, BUT…after she handed me a You Tube video, I decided maybe I did need some help. After reading some articles and watching more You Tube videos, I finally figured out a couple of things that seem to be working for me. There is an art to it, and I’ve come to admire tow truck drivers more and more. I’ve found the best way to secure the car is to tie just the wheels down. Forget the axels.
This allows the car’s suspension to work and the car to move with any bumps and dips in the road. The straps were breaking because, when the car wanted to bounce, it couldn’t, and not even the strongest straps would hold it. You may be thinking why didn’t he fasten it down with strong chains? I would say that for a short trip, this may be ok, but for a longer haul with the car trying to bounce and move around, it could damage the car and/or the trailer. Ok, that’s my two cents worth on that subject.
So just a short side note here about our current trip. Maybe we’re weird, but sometimes we like to count things along the road. OK, sometimes we also get really bored. Like, for instance, we might be seeing a lot of Michigan license plates, or, there are a lot of motorcycles out today. Yesterday as we were driving from Ft Stockton to Ozona (for those of you who don’t know your Texas geography that would be in Southwest Texas) I was seeing a lot of dead deer along the road. I mentioned that and it just triggered a count. That stretch is almost 100 miles, and, in that time, we counted 25 roadkill deer. All you math whizzes out there quickly understand that this averages 1 dead deer for every 4 miles. Past that point we quit counting at 38, but even today we’re still seeing a lot of them. I’m not sure why I found it necessary to mention this, except it’s just another thing I’m learning…there are a lot of deer in West Texas.