Ratchet Straps are simple to use once you understand how to use them. After reading this you should be confident that you can secure your load and release the ratchet to unload everything once you arrive!
Ratchet straps come in two parts: typically, the ratchet side will have a short piece of webbing and a hook and the other side will be the longer webbing with a hook attached. We will be running the long webbing side through the ratchet and start ratcheting it until your strap is tight.
Step 1. Open the ratchet and start slowly pulling the handle back and forth until the slot is parallel to the ratchet handle.
With the ratchet closed you will notice a slot on a round spindle almost as wide as the ratchet. This is the slot that you need to make parallel to the ratchet handle.
Step 2. Close the handle while keeping the slot in the same position.
By keeping the slot in the same position, it will be much easier to thread the webbing through the ratchet.
Step 3. With the handle facing away from you, take the second piece of webbing and slide it from behind the slot, pulling it towards the handle side.
Be sure that you slide the webbing from behind the slot, not from the handle side.
Step 4. Place the hooks on each side of your straps in spots that can support the load when you tighten your straps.
One side of your hook might be placed under a vehicle frame or a spot on your trailer. The other end will be placed over your load or to your load depending on what you are hauling. All webbing should be placed so there are no sharp edges that might cut the webbing. Also, be sure that the ratchet handle is facing out and is clear from obstructions.
Step 5. Pull all of the excess long end of the webbing through the slot in the ratchet.
Do not wrap or tie the excess webbing or it will be harder to properly tighten the strap.
Step 6. Tighten the strap by pulling the handle on the ratchet.
The first four clicks will secure the webbing around the spindle and the next several should get the webbing “thumbing” tight.
Step 7. Close the handle and you are ready to travel.
At this point, you may want to wrap or tie the excess webbing to ensure that it doesn’t flap in the wind on the way to your destination.
Step 8. If you’re not using ShockStraps, be sure to pull over and check your straps periodically.
Most strap webbing will stretch and come loose as you start to drive. You will want to pull over and check your straps periodically to ensure that your load stays secure. If you are using ShockStraps, you can set your straps and drive with confidence that your load will stay secure.
Once you reach your destination you will release the ratchet straps and unload.