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Old 11-29-2004, 03:30 PM
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Okay Psycho, I think that one beats char losing a whole trailer. Wow, 70K. Hope they bought the insurance waiver! Man, I guess you can't be too careful huh?

So since most of you guys have either lost something, or almost, how do you all tie your bikes down? Up until now, I do a tie down on each handlebar, but now I am thinking more tie downs would be better. How do you guys secure your bikes in the truck/trailer?
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Old 11-29-2004, 03:56 PM
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I use two Ancra tie-downs with soft ties. I have never had any problems with them coming loose or anything. I have lost a chest protector and a lid off my cooler.
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Old 11-29-2004, 04:09 PM
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Well i almost lost my bike, My dad and I were in mississippi goin ridin and there was this long dirt road with pot holes everywhere. We hit one and the back of my bike swung to the fender of the trailer, any more and my bike would have been a gonner (sp?) From then on we use a bungee cord to tie down the rear wheel.
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Old 11-29-2004, 04:56 PM
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We have lost several trailer tires ...but never lost part of a load off the trailer.
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Old 11-29-2004, 05:10 PM
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After talking to all the long-time bike haulers, I have to say the Ancra tie down straps are the way to go. They all swear by them. I'm talking guys who were super fast in the seventies/eighties and they traveled many, many miles.
It's not always the number of tie downs you use. It might be the quality.
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Old 11-29-2004, 05:16 PM
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I left my gogs on the handle bars of my bike, and fell out on the drive home, but 30 min l8r my friend showed up at my house with him, He said he found them on the highway when he was driving
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Old 11-29-2004, 05:16 PM
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After talking to all the long-time bike haulers, I have to say the Ancra tie down straps are the way to go.
That is ALL that will ever hold my bike in the back of my truck. Ancra's are the bomb.
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Old 11-30-2004, 12:16 AM
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I was driving through a neighborhood in the mountains and had a feeling I should check my trailer and I got out and to my surprise, I only had one ATV on it, when I had 2 ATV's earlier. It took us an hour and a half to find the ATV. It had rolled off the trailer, hit the curb and rolled down an embankment about 40 feet into a creek (about a foot deep) and tipped over on it's side. I called a tow truck, he pulled it out and it started right up. Only had to replace the front bumper on the quad ($10 on Ebay). I was so lucky. I had only driven about 100 feet past where I lost it when I "checked the trailer", it was just hard to see. Glad I didn't lose it on the freeway, which is where I was headed.
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Old 11-30-2004, 12:40 AM
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We have lost several trailer tires ...but never lost part of a load off the trailer.
Roflmao..........Sorry just a few memories popped in my head! Then I looked at the avatar and busted out laughing.
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Ok....

I have lost 2 things, A 5 gallon gas can FULL of gas with gas price's at 2.30!!!!!! and i have lost a bike...

well me and my friend where going to my grand mas for some riding. and his bike was in his trailer, and where turning on to my grandmas road. and its just falls off the trailer. THANK GOD it did it then and not when we were going fifty. ended up craking one of his hand guard and right schroud.
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Old 12-05-2004, 08:19 PM
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i have never lost anything off my trailer since is it enclosed however we have had the trailer disconnect before talk about making your heart flutter.
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Old 12-05-2004, 08:23 PM
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a good friend of mine when we first started riding it was their first time out EVER and their XR200 fell off the side of the trailor! =/
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Old 12-06-2004, 05:32 PM
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About an hour ago I witnessed a refrigerator falling off the back of a truck and bouncing off the pavement and sliding about 20 feet. Brand new GE still in the box. Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-06-2004, 05:53 PM
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About an hour ago I witnessed a refrigerator falling off the back of a truck and bouncing off the pavement and sliding about 20 feet. Brand new GE still in the box. Merry Christmas!
I can just imagine the customer service guy at the store when they ask for warranty.
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Old 12-06-2004, 06:11 PM
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I can just imagine the customer service guy at the store when they ask for warranty.
You know they'll go back and want a refund.

One of my many college jobs was working at Sears loading customer's crap. We were absolutely forbidden to tie down stuff. People would roll up in their hatchbacks for matresses with some string. People would want to roll off with their refrigerators with NO rope, string, nothing. Just standing up. They put all their trust in gravity. Amazing.
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Old 12-06-2004, 09:19 PM
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In my experience you can never tie things down too much. If you think it is probably OK, it is not, and you are going to loose it (painful experience). I have never lost bike related stuff, but I have lost home improvement materials. I have learned it is a lot easeir in the long run just to spend the extra time to make sure stuff is secure. I sure wouldn't want to be the guy following when someone lost a bike or a full 5 gallon can of gas:
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Old 12-06-2004, 11:57 PM
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About an hour ago I witnessed a refrigerator falling off the back of a truck and bouncing off the pavement and sliding about 20 feet. Brand new GE still in the box. Merry Christmas!
Some guy lost a washing machine from his truck on I285 in Atlanta a few months back, and someone got killed because of it. The cops traced the washer back to the guy,(funny..he didn't report it missing) and since then a law has been passed in GA that any load that is taller or longer than the bedrails of a pickup HAS to be restrained, or you can be fined.
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Old 01-14-2005, 10:05 AM
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Some guy lost a washing machine from his truck on I285 in Atlanta a few months back, and someone got killed because of it. The cops traced the washer back to the guy,(funny..he didn't report it missing) and since then a law has been passed in GA that any load that is taller or longer than the bedrails of a pickup HAS to be restrained, or you can be fined.
We were really worried when the HW Heater flew off because it was at night on a long bridge with two way traffic and no shoulder. I could NOT safely get it off the road. It is a two lane road with speed limit 70 and people FLY down that road. I was so scared someone was going to hit that thing and fly off the bridge into the Navasota river and drown. But there was just NO safe way to get it off the road. So we called 911 immediately and reported that it was there. I did fail to mention to the 911 operator that it flew off MY trailer. I read the news for days anxiously hoping there were not bad wrecks reported due to a HW Heater on the bridge. We never heard that there were any wrecks. If there was a serious one we would have heard. They always report on bad wrecks on that road, since there are a lot of fatalities due to passing on hills and curves. I am very thankful no was was hurt by my mistake! After that, I welded 21 tie down loops all the way around my 16' trailer and bought a ten pack of tie downs. Never assume something is too heavy not to fly off like I did. You will always regret that decision!
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Old 01-22-2005, 11:15 AM
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A couple of years back I lost a helmet off the back of a trailer. It was the FIRST on in the United States, the HJC CLX 4 Fuel, black and silver. (my dad bought it from a rep) I put it down on the back of the trailer, and about half hour later it fell off. Going across the Green River Bridge. I was soo pissed! because i couldent mock TrickCR for having an OLD and rotting plane black HJC. Ever since then, i've been paranioed about keeping things on the back of sumthing going down the road.
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