Is it? I have my new F150 and I am going to borrow my friend's trailer to haul my Jeep. The trailer is more than capable, but has no hooks to secure the Jeep to, only stake pockets. He has hauled a car on it before using the stake pockets but is it safe? I am going to use ratchet straps (let's keep this thread off of chains vs. straps) and I want to know if it is safe to attach to the stake pockets.
I have friends that do it and I have done it, but I have also had one break off. My new trailer has D-rings welded but if it didnt and I needed to tow in a hurry I'd probably use the stake pockets until I could get D-rings. There pretty cheap, maybe you should buy a set of them for your friend for letting you use his trailer
03 Rubicon on 36's and LONGFIELD CV's
You and 4 friends couldn't put enough force on a 10" ratchet handle for a 2" strap to even scuff those stake pockets. And, if the trailer flips over, it won't be the stake pockets that cause the Jeep to go flying.
The stake pockets will be fine.
03 Rubicon; 99 xj with too much stuff to list; Unimog 406 (gone)
I recently acquired a Bobcat skid loader that weighs quite a bit more then my XJ and was surprised to see its owners manual depicts using stake pockets for tie-downs in the section on recommended trailering methods.
I agree though that properly welded stake pockets should be more than adequate for securing a jeep.
"You can set my jeep on fire and roll it down a hill,
But I still wouldn't trade it for a Coupe DeVille."
The stake pockets are fine to use. Just make sure the trailer manufacturer didn't skimp and use thin gauge steel for the pockets. My customers use the stake pockets as ties downs all the time. Thats what the wide flat hooks on ratchet straps are for.
Trailer salesman by day and grease monkey by night
My PJ trailer came with D-rings in the front, and nothing in the rear. So, I use the stake pockets with a chain in the rear, and ratchet straps up front. They are sturdy stake pockets, and have held up just fine. I have since switched to tieing at the axles. (for the axle vs. chassis debate crowd.)
We delivered tractors for years using nothing more than the stake pockets on a Hudson 18'. Never had anything come loose. Like said above, if you are worried about the stake pockets holding, reconsider the trailer construction.
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