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Unread 08-06-2011, 11:38 AM   #1
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Safe to use stake pockets as anchor points?

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.

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Unread 08-06-2011, 11:21 PM   #2
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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
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Unread 08-07-2011, 09:39 AM   #3
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I use the stake pockets on my trailer to haul my Jeep. IMO if the stake pocket broke off, I don't think I would trust the welds on the rest of the trailer!

I guess what I'M trying to say is that the stake pocket's and D-rings attachment points are only as good as the weld job.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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Ratchet straps in the stake pockets it is! Thanks for the advice, all.
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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.)

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Loads are tied down to prevent them from shifting. The stake pockets are more than strong enough to keep it from moving around.

If the trailer flips its coming off.
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Loads are tied down to prevent them from shifting. The stake pockets are more than strong enough to keep it from moving around.

If the trailer flips its coming off.
Hmmmmmm.


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Loads are tied down to prevent them from shifting. The stake pockets are more than strong enough to keep it from moving around.

If the trailer flips its coming off.
If the trailer flips then I've got plenty of other problems.
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Hmmmmmm.


Wow, damn good tie down job.

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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The pockets are fine to tie down to. The thing I really don't like about them is the harsh angle it put my straps at.
They also make straps specifically designed to be used with the stake pockets.
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The pockets are fine to tie down to. The thing I really don't like about them is the harsh angle it put my straps at.
They also make straps specifically designed to be used with the stake pockets.
I agree with you. I use the d-rings that I installed just for my jeep because it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.
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