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Here is a new item added to Discount Ramps.com
The SC500-V3 X-TRA is a complete kit/package including the SC-500-V3 scooter / wheelchair carrier, Aerfoil cover, rubber mat w installation hardware and 4 cam buckle tie down straps. No need to order accessory items along with the SC-500-V3 carrier. Save 15% by ordering kit versus ordering each item individually.
Thanks for reading! Jay Tamez – Discount Ramps LLC
There’s a local morning radio show that plays a special call-in feature before every major holiday, “Where Ya Going, Whatcha Taking?” Listeners phone in with colorful tales of mothers-in-law, great uncles and green bean casserole. But sometimes the “what you’re taking” part is much more complicated than holding a delicious raspberry fluff on your lap.
Say you are headed out for a weekend camping trip, helping your best friend move every one of his worldly possessions or picking up Grandma, who gets around best with the help of a power scooter. Whether you are trailering, loading into the bed of a pickup truck or have a handy hitch-mounted carrier, you need to secure the items being transported in the most safe, dependable way. What kind of tie down straps will best do the job?
First, understand there are much better options than using a length of rope or a bungee cord you dug out of the garage. Not using the proper equipment and techniques puts you, other motorists and your possessions at risk. You also need to consider the size of the job at hand and make sure you have straps that are the proper length, width and strength.
There are many lengths of tie downs available, from just a few feet to upwards of 40 feet for commercial trucking applications. The same holds true for strap width, typically ranging from one to four inches wide. Just remember that when it comes to tie downs, “more” is, generally speaking, better. In other words, better to be safe with heavier straps than sorry with tie downs that are not strong enough for the job.
Tie down straps come with two ratings to indicate overall strength. While the Break Strength rating tells you the minimum weight it would take to cause the strap to totally fail, it’s the Working Load rating that you really want to pay attention to. Working Load is the maximum amount of weight that a tie down can support with regular, day-to-day use and without damaging it. Working Load is calculated as 1/3 of the Break Strength.
Once you determine what you need for a tie down strap in terms of the length, width and load limit, you have more options to consider. The two main strap “styles” are Cam Buckle Straps and Ratchet Straps, and there are advantages to both.
Cam Straps are generally lighter-duty than Ratchet style and create tension through the metal teeth in the buckle to hold the strap taught. They are easy to tighten and release, an advantage for someone who may not have great hand strength or dexterity. However, if the load you are securing is a solid or dense item, such as a refrigerator or other appliance, it may be more challenging to get a Cam Strap tightened. Something like an ATV or dirt bike, however, that has “give” because of its suspension will be easier to get a secure hold with the Cam Strap style.
Ratchet Straps typically have a higher strength rating than Cam Straps and can create a tighter, more secure strap tension. However, they tend to be slightly more complicated to use and release, so they might not be ideal for all users. The Ratchet Straps also tend to be the more expensive option.
Beyond the strap styles of Cam and Ratchet, tie down straps have many different options available in terms of the hook end varieties. S hooks, J hooks, flat hooks, snap hooks and more all have advantages in particular applications; this discussion may be addressed in a future posting.
Finally, a note about overall quality. Be aware that there is a significant difference in the tie down straps available in the marketplace! The material of the strap itself, along with the quality of the metal used in the buckle and hook ends, can create significant differences in the tie down’s performance and length of life. Cheap, soft metal in a buckle will wear teeth down more quickly and lead to a strap slipping or loosening. Some ratchet handle styles are designed without an opening for an easy-to-grip handle, making them more difficult to use. Invest in a good quality set of tie down straps, and they should, with normal use, last indefinitely.
In addition to the many sizes, strap and hook end styles, there is a multitude of tie down accessories and specialized tie downs available. You can check some of them out here.
So with your quality tie down straps in hand — where are you headed next, and what are you taking?
Here is a new item we added to Discount Ramps.com!
The ML500SC Mighty-Lite Universal Power Chair /Scooter Carrier is designed to fit Class III 2 inch receivers. The carrier supports 500 lbs and is made lightweight aluminum with a black powder coat finish only weighs 43 lbs. The dual hinge ramp measures 62 inches when fully extended and works well for hitches up to 18 inches high. Proudly made in the USA and carries a 1 year manufacture’s warranty.
Thanks for reading! Jay Tamez – Discount Ramps LLC
Discount Ramps now offers the MT 3000 Mobility carrier for those of you who would like to carry your scooter or power chair on the hitch of your vehicle. With the MT 3000 mobility carrier transporting your wheel chair or motorized scooter can be easy and safe. The carrier is able to support of to 350 pounds and will work with any class II, III, or IV hitches. The MT 3000 carrier is a vehicle hitch mounted carrier with a ramp that allows you to easily load and unload a variety of equipment — from power chairs and scooters to snow blowers and yard equipment. Its built from a powder-coated and welded steel, and no assembly is required. The platform and ramp are a lightweight, corrosion resistant aluminum, so little to no maintenance is required either. Mobility devices can be expensive, but the MT 3000 mobility carrier is an inexpensive piece of equipment that can support up to 350 pounds, meaning it can accommodate most of the units on the market. The under frame of this unit is made from a heavy duty powder-coated steel designed to last a lifetime. The deck of the MT3000 is made from high grade powder-coated aluminum that increases stability but reduces the overall weight of the system. Both the deck and the ramp feature a slip-resistant, black grip tape to make loading and unloading that much easier. With this system you just attach the carrier to your hitch and you’re ready to go! No assembly is required — it comes directly from the factory pre-assembled. This TrekAway mobility carrier allows you to add an optional Class II hitch adapter for 1.25 inch hitch receivers or an optional High Height adapter for vehicles with less clearance. The MT 3000 Mobility Carrier comes with a one year warranty.
The Discount Ramps model number for the MT 3000 Mobility carrier is MT3000. The overall platform dimensions for the MT 3000 are 51 inches long by 32 inches wide and 8 inches wide. This toy and chair carrier is 48 inches long on the inside and is 30 inches wide inside and 6.75 inches high. The overall weight of this mobility carrier is 70 pounds, but can carry up to 350 pounds. The ramps dimensions are 48 inches long by 26 inches wide allowing it to fit safe and snug on the platform. The MT 3000 works with II, III, and IV class hitches. The welded construction for the MT 3000 and the powder-coated finish give you added strength while having to do very little maintenance. The platform of this mobility carrier is made from an aluminum construction, while the under frame is made from steel for greater weight reduction and greater capacity. The aluminum loading ramp has a slip resistant tape for maximum grip while loading, and the ramp also folds up into the rack. This item has a 1 year warranty and works with 1.25 inch receivers. The MT 3000’s limitations are it’s 350 pound weight restriction, and the vehicle hauling capacity is limited by your vehicle’s capacity to carry a load. This hitch mounted rack will not work with class I receivers. Some vehicles may require air shocks or heavier springs to prevent it from sagging.
If you would like to learn more about the MT 3000 by PVI or would like to place an order, please visit our mobility carrier website. Discount Ramps also offers a silent hitch pin that gives you a rattle and noise free drive. Designed for class III and IV hitches come with a barrel lock and chrome coating. A heavy duty spring nut with a counter boring sleeve prevent the road noise. This hitch pin also comes with a rubber dust cap on the lock to prevent little debris from entering.