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The uhaul trailers come with tie down straps for the front wheels. I've never had to add anything else or tie down the back.

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This quote and the quote about strapping the control arms are a little concerning. If you think about an emergency which way is the car likely to shift? Forward so the front straps do nothing to prevent forward movement. I would never tow a car without straps on the rear. Never.

I know people strap the front wheels but I prefer grabbing the frame or k member. I used to run a rollback and guys would bend control arms hooking them.

Just some things to think about.
 
No wonder you are fast! Never met a motorcycle road course pilot who was not quick when he had a big shell around him and two additional tires. Loved instructing two wheel racers as they completely understand the concept of the correct line and where they have to place the bike -- makes where they put the car quite precise! Of course , the bike had to be very exact of they would be on their back? Our business taught us to find high quality parts for our customers , along with great service , because when there was a issue , we needed to resolve it quickly. Mac's tie downs are gold standard!

I race motorcycles. Sliding out equals:

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Not just a spin in the dirt. Walked away fine but bike did not.
 
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We are from now on renaming Antman450 , Cajones450, and Byron will become Byronbigones! Respect you guys to no end........Road Racers on two wheels always get fast when they move to four air filled rubber stiction devices!!!
 
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@HR692 I just got back from Willow Springs and here was my quick and dirty step up ramps I made. I am talking to someone to see if it is cost effective to make a nice metal step up ramp that could be set in between the rails of the trailer.

Basically I took a 4x4 and for 1 side I cut three 17" sections and bolted them together. Then I took a 2x4 and cut it one pice about 18" and I think the smaller pice was about 6". Enough to give it a 4" lift to meet the 4x4. I used my race ramps to get the car on the trailer and then when I got to the wood it gave me about 3/4 - 1 clearance. You can also take the lip off the Uhaul if you like.

Update - if you have the race ramps you can use them after you get your car on the trailer to use as a step up as well.
 

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@HR692 I just got back from Willow Springs and here was my quick and dirty step up ramps I made. I am talking to someone to see if it is cost effective to make a nice metal step up ramp that could be set in between the rails of the trailer.

Basically I took a 4x4 and for 1 side I cut three 17" sections and bolted them together. Then I took a 2x4 and cut it one pice about 18" and I think the smaller pice was about 6". Enough to give it a 4" lift to meet the 4x4. I used my race ramps to get the car on the trailer and then when I got to the wood it gave me about 3/4 - 1 clearance. You can also take the lip off the Uhaul if you like.

Update - if you have the race ramps you can use them after you get your car on the trailer to use as a step up as well.

Nice! Thanks for posting! Since you're not using the U-haul tire tie downs what are you using to anchor it down and where?
 
Sorry for the delay folks. Just got back from a couple days at Road America. Here are the photo's I promised. Much like mentioned above what I did was race ramps to get the car on and off. You'll struggle without this. Towards the front of the trailer I have a 2x12 cut to fit where the front tire goes. Behind that is a simple 2x4 with a angled cut just to make it easier.

I might adjust this a little bit by just getting a 2x12 the full length of the tire track.IMG_0329.JPGIMG_0328.JPG
 
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Which race ramps are you guys using when getting the car up on the uhaul? I’ll be towing my S197 on lowered MM springs this coming track season.

Im interested in this as well, while I want a trailer cause i like having my own stuff and can load the night before without an extra day rental, the market for auto trailers are pushing me to rent (although I did find a guy who rents his for $50 / day, better than Uhaul). My front clip is low enough on stock height I scrape and Im looking at going lower next year.
 

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I don't think there's a one size fits all in this area. You kind of have to figure out what works for your individual car/trailer package. I used 2 X 6 lumber cut in steps to mock up what I needed then I had it fabricated in steel by a shop. With my open flat deck trailer with a 3' sloped beavertail on it and a car lowered 1.5" or so I ended up needing 8' of ramps to get the splitter to clear, they are made in 2 sections of 4 feet each with a support halfway up. Made of steel and it's effin' heavy stuff. It's a fairly high flat deck with 6 bolt wheels so it sits higher than a lot of box trailers I see around.

That worked for me, not necessarily for you though.
 
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Here's what I made to use with the U-Haul ramps. 2x6's were left over from my deck project last year. Just took some straps and wood screws, they work great.

Didn't have a great time getting to Road Atlanta this week though, as seen in the 3rd pic. Slowed us down by about 1-1/2 hours. Doggone crappy U-Hurl tires. If they had a spare on the trailer I could have been back on the road in 10 minutes. Frustrating to have all the tools in the truck with me but nothing to do.

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To clear the uhaul ramps when loading and the trailer front "lip" when unloading, I used 2015 camaro Z28 shipping spring spacers.

Jack the car up by the pinch weld behind the front tire so it's a few inches off the ground and creates a gap in the wheel well. Then push the bottom of the spacer onto the coil spring while putting some downward pressure on the wheel with your foot to click in the top. Removal is the reverse process. They're ~$25/each and easily stored plus they won't degrade when exposed to moisture, heat, cold, etc.

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I bought the Mac tie down system. Worth the money for the ease of mind and they are very easy to use.
http://www.macscustomtiedowns.com/p...-tie-down-kit-with-axle-straps/Tie-Down-Packs
This was a helpful thread.

24" or 40" axle straps? Are you going through the wheels, or around something under the carriage? I will be renting a UHaul for 2 days at National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park 10/2-10/3/2021. Did you try backing the car onto the trailer? Without having tried it yet, that seems like a way to use the forward stops of the trailer and avoid needing 3.5" of lift under the wheel when tied down (just curious)
 

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Loading a Car on a trailer is as much about center of balance as it is strapping it down. If the tongue is light with the car backed on, it may not travel right. A few blocks needed to load could prevent an unstable trailer while towing.
 
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Loading a Car on a trailer is as much about center of balance as it is strapping it down. If the tongue is light with the car backed on, it may not travel right. A few blocks needed to load could prevent an unstable trailer while towing.
I agree about a few blocks not being a good reason to upset the balance of the trailer. The blocks themselves are not my concern. I was more wanting the frame stops in the front of the trailer to function as designed. With the car lifted 3-3.5 inches onto either stacked 2x12s or several 4x4s, the tire is effectively above the frame of the trailer. However, further consideration has me thinking that a car in an enclosed trailer does not have wheel chocks in the front, but is instead secured by straps on the wheels...invalidating my concerns. 👌
 

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