How To: Shorten My Tie Down Straps

Shortening your Tie Down Ratchet or Cam Buckle Straps

Have you have spent time wrapping excess strapping around anything you can find or stringing it above, over, under, and through your equipment and then tying it off only to see it flapping in the wind shortly after departing? On a good day, the strap does not come loose. But, then you have the unpleasant task of getting the knots out. There a few things as pleasant as trying to get the knots out in the dark or freezing cold weather. Does this sound like you?

If you have excess length on your straps that require you to wrap the strapping around something and then knot the strap, there is a simple solution.

Step 1: Cut the strap to the desired length with a scissors, leaving yourself enough length to attach your straps loosely for ratchet straps and in the case of cam straps, allow enough length to firmly grasp the strap to tension the strap.

Step 2: Slightly melt the cut end of the strap to eliminate the frayed strap material with a lighter or candle.

The shortened straps may limit alternative uses for the straps, but if they are used most often for your equipment, make it easy on yourself and shorten your straps. You’ll save time strapping, re-strapping, and un-strapping. The shorter straps are easier to roll up and store and less likely to end up looking like nylon spaghetti. Discount Ramps has the lowest prices on good quality tie down straps.