Tie-down hangers are typically installed in pairs -- positioned one above the other -- and are used to keep the slack out of a tie-down strap when it's not in use. One end of the tie-down strap attaches at the high hanger, and the other end attaches at the low hanger. If you're attaching a ratcheting strap to the hangers, the ratchet mechanism is used to remove the slack in the tie-down. If you're using the tie-down hangers for rubber strap storage, the hangers should be installed just far enough apart that the straps have a little bit of tension on them at all times -- but not too far; you don't want to permanently stretch your straps.
Hanger installation is really quite simple; the tie-down hangers can be bolted to walls of the trailer using the hardware provided by the manufacturer. Just follow the instructions provided with the tie-down hanger kit, and you shouldn't have a problem. You'll need a drill to create holes for the bolts (or at least pilot holes for the fasteners) and a ratchet set to secure the hardware once everything is in place. That's just about it. Pretty simple, huh? The instructions will let you know if any other tools are required.
Most people position the hangers so the straps will be stored in a vertical position, but you can also position them so the straps will hang horizontally. Both designs work in either position; however, the hanger design that resembles a towel rack works best when the straps will be in a vertical position, as the hooks at the end of the straps can slide down the hanger rod. The other design -- the one that looks similar to angle iron with holes -- will work either vertically or horizontally. This is a handy little tip to know if you don't have the vertical space to spare in your trailer for the installation of tie-down hangers.
Similar to most other towing equipment, you can find tie-down hangers by searching online. Of course, you also have the option of calling or visiting your local trailer supply store. If they don't have tie-down hangers, they'll most likely be able to tell you where you can find them. As we mentioned earlier, tie-down hangers come in a few designs and several lengths, so you'll want to make sure you've done all of your planning and measuring ahead of time. That way you'll know exactly what you're looking for when you discover the wide range of choices available to you.
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