INTRODUCTION TO WHEEL STRAPS
Safely restraining the transported load is a basic safety requirement of using a trailer on the public highway. Several Brian James Trailers vehicle transport trailer ranges feature a specialised design allowing the wheels of a vehicle to be strapped over their circumference. Other strap systems can also be used, including a classic ‘chocker’ wheel strap and direct strap. This section deals with the circumference wheel strap in more detail.
WHY BRIAN JAMES TRAILERS STRAPS?
Any mechanically sound and correctly rated strapping system can be used to provide the required restraint. Brian James Trailers has experience in providing this equipment for over four decades. Our products have developed new ideas as well as methods migrated from commercial transport operators. You can be sure that a Brian James Trailers approved accessory will have all of the required characteristics designed to operate safely and effectively, while protecting both vehicle and trailer from damage.
DISTRIBUTION OF PRESSURE
Safe and effective installation of the circumference type wheel strap relies on even distribution of pressure to create a downward vertical load on the vehicle tyre. In turn this arrangement as shown in the diagram to the right is able to prevent vehicle movement forward and rearward ensuring the safest performance possible. Please note the correct installation method shown as using an incorrect method may cause damage to the deck panel and potentially risk the restraint becoming loose.
A vertical load beyond the design limits of the deck material will lead to fatigue and fracture of the deck material. AVOID installing the hooks as shown above.
The correct installation provides an evenly distributed force on all components and therefore limits wear and tear, as well as ensuring safe restraining forces are applied to the vehicle.