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    What is the best way to strap a DS to a car trailer? Junior has bought hisself a trailer for the Nissan 180 SuX and I sure intend using it as well for the D when needs be.

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    How long is the trailer ................. it needs to be really, really long to fit a DS on it. They have a 124" wheelbase (longer than a chev impala).

    I just pull them down by the front lower arms and tiedown points at the back. I must admit, if the handbrake doesn't work I can still feel them moving slightly on the trailer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    How long is the trailer ................. it needs to be really, really long to fit a DS on it. They have a 124" wheelbase (longer than a chev impala).

    I just pull them down by the front lower arms and tiedown points at the back. I must admit, if the handbrake doesn't work I can still feel them moving slightly on the trailer!



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    Junior said he measured it to be sure it would fit the D..........I think I know why, probably to present me with the invoice contribution tomorrow!
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    I agree with that .... Fathers shoudl be the ones that supply the car trailers, tools ..... and of course the tow vehicle when required .............................. Oh yeah and the funds to purchase any new "projects"
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    I agree with that .... Fathers shoudl be the ones that supply the car trailers, tools ..... and of course the tow vehicle when required .............................. Oh yeah and the funds to purchase any new "projects"
    One day when you have a teenage son you will regret saying that Shane!
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    front arms I agree but the rear towing eye's I aint to sure about after having to weld the arse back on the SM
    and Ihink their very similar on their rump towing eyes are attached with tin foil tow bar maybe
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    Would it not be better to strap the rear tyres down - OK it may involve removing the wings to do so, but...
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    The more I think about it, the more I like the way the professionals tie down cars. Any car. They use a short strap around a couple of the tyres. Given the lack of suspension when a D is not running, its front-heavy weight distribution, and the fact access to the front wheels is better than to the rear wheels, I reckon using decent straps to tie down the two front wheels would be the best.

    A pair of ratchet straps is not expensive, and easy enough to shorten. You would need the right attachment points, which admittedly might be difficult on a hired trailer, but would be easy enough to install on a trailer of your own.

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    I'm not too keen on ratchet straps. To have an adequate load rating you need a big one. I have used chain and shackles from the front arms and chained forward and aft.

    To stop it moving around;

    1) Suspension fully down, as would be the case with a non-runner, Let most of the air out of the front tyres, fit chains fore and aft, pump tyres up to tension. Then it doesn't move fore-aft.

    2) Secure sideways, or it slithers, especially at the back if the trailer deck gets wet. Ratchet straps seem to be fine for this.

    3) Needs to be secured sideways at the back, but all the cars I've moved have had towbars.

    Make sure it hasn't got bits of broom handle etc holding it up. Trailering except on the bump stops will damage things See spheres threads.

    It may be necessary to get a bigger trailer than would normally be used, so the car can be placed further aft to bring the towball weight within limits, generally not more than 10% of maxinum allowable trailer weight.

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    I drove the 4X4 we trailered a DS23 back from Broken Hill to Sydney (the car RONHIC on here bought). The trailer had great low bars at the front that the tyres nicely rested against and the same bars where where we ratchet strapped across the lower front arms. The rear we strapped on the one remaining tow point. Worked a treat.
    We made a big point of regular stops for strapping checks which included the purchase of two new straps at our Lithgow check as they has broken just prior to Lithgow. The new straps made me feel comfortable driving up and out of Lithgow on the Bells Line road. We had already decided to go nowhere near the Mount Victoria climb!

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    I have never tried to tow a DS, but have moved 4 CX, and 3 were non-runners. I have always been able to get them on and off ok.

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