The tie-down loops in my truck are inconveniently situated way down inside the bed at the four corners. Plus, two of them are blocked by my truck box. Every single time I have to tie something down, I think to myself that I will get some of these stake pocket tie-downs the subsequent time I see them… but I in no way do.
I have found anything else that’s potentially a lot more helpful: Lee Valley has began selling tie-down anchors that clamp onto the bed rail of your truck. With these anchors you aren’t restricted to the corners of the bed, you can locate them specifically where you require them anywhere along the bed rail.
These tie-down anchors have jaws that open up to 1-3/4″ wide with a 1″ deep throat, so it should match over most pickup bed rails. The hook will hold up to three/four″ diameter ropes and the rated maximum load capacity is 600 lbs (presumably per anchor.)
The physique of these tie-downs is produced from steel plate and is coated in PVC, while the clamp screw is zinc-plated steel. The foot of the clamp pivots so that it can manage uneven surfaces.
For now you can get a set of 4 anchor tie-downs for $ 15, but this is a restricted time offer. After Could 4th, 2016, the standard price will be ~$ ten per pair.
Free shipping reminder: Lee Valley is running a cost-free shipping promo on $ 40+ orders, thru April 18th, 2016.
Price tag: $ 15 for four tie-downs
Very first Thoughts
Do you ever see anything new and it breaks down a barrier in your thoughts? I never would have though about clamping a tie-down to my bed rail.
So this anchor tie-down got me considering: I don’t need to have to buy any specific truck tie downs, I have C-clamps in my shop that look like they would function completely for the very same goal. I could stow them with my rope and ratchet straps and clamp them to the bed rail any time I needed a handy tie point. Failing that, an F-style clamp would almost certainly operate in a pinch also.
Certain these particular purpose tie-downs from Lee Valley appear like they’d do the job nicely, and I wouldn’t begrudge anyone purchasing them, but this just seems like a single far more use for the versatile C-Clamp!
Do you have any much better ideas about how to generate extra tie-down anchor points? Is there any explanation not to use C-clamps in the manner shown?