Creating a secure attachment point is an important part of installing tie downs on a mobile home. If you do not have any available at the time of installation, you can try these easy tips.
Tie down systems are most commonly installed with polyester rope and hardware. The polyester provides some stability while the hardware adds visually appealing touches such as carrying handles or tacks to help secure the ropes in place.
Most systems use two types of knots: a bowline and a figure-eight. Both knots provide different levels of security so it is up to you which ones you prefer!
In this article, we will discuss how to use both types of knots to create a secure attachment point for your Tie-Dye mobile home.
Buy the correct rod for your mobile home
Most tie-down kits come with a standard-length rod, which is typically about eighteen to twenty-four inches. If you have a longer or shorter mobile home, make sure to check the box for this length of rod.
If your mobile home has shorter legs, for example, a short length of wire could be wrapped around the leg and connected to the anchor system. When these short-legged mobile homes are hooked up, it can feel like someone is sandwiching you in between two pieces of concrete.
To prevent stress on your vehicle and tires, make sure that the length of the tie-down rod you purchase is equal to the length of your vehicle’s wheels. If your wheels are long, do not buy a short one as it would be impossible to remove when needed.
Measure the distance between the walls
Before attempting to install tie downs, be sure to measure the distance between the walls of your mobile home. This is important as some tie-downs do not fit into standard sized holes in the walls.
Mostly, if a tie-down does not fit in the hole, it will hang off the side of the mobile home instead. Either way, it will improve your mobile home safety and reduce clutter!
If you have a lot of different kinds of equipment, such as an electrical panel, storage cabinet, etc., then it is best to buy one plug and play type device that works for all your equipment. You can then use one end of this plug and play on your safety net and the other end on your roof to hold onto when installing.
Then you do not have to go back and forth with each device or person needing access to it.
Buy the hooks and tie downs for your rod
Once your trailer is ready to haul, it’s time to buy the hooks and tie down the wheels and legs. You can find them at most retail stores or on the Internet.
Many times, sellers offer these features as a package as well, making it more cost effective! Once these are in, you are ready to go!
If you plan on hauling your trailer outdoors often, look for weather-resistant colors. If you plan on using the trailer inside a home very often, looking for nice enough to use every day.
Hang the mobile home tie down rod
Once you have the mobile home roof in place, it is time to hang the rod. You can do this in many different ways, but the most trusted is by car.
Most car dealers have a set of tools they use to install hardware. If not, you can do this by yourself!
You first find a sturdy location to anchor the roof tie down rod. This can be anywhere on your mobile home roof where there is space to place something firm. For example, if you have an overhead rack on your mobile home roof, you have your solution!
Then, you locate the longest piece of rope or material possible and make sure it is tight enough to stay in place. Next, find a sturdy location and wrap the two pieces of material around the top of the roof so that it becomes one long rope.
Install the hooks and tie downs
Now that your mobile home is ready to be tied down, the next step is to install the tie downs. Most products come with multiple options for length of stake and spacing between stake.
Some companies even sell special adapters to use their product with other stakes and rings. When using this, make sure there is enough hanging space for the adapter to fit into!
Make sure you pay attention to your mobile home shape as well as how many shelves it has. Some shapes require more powerful ties or vice versa.
Some companies recommend using alligator clips instead of tie backs, but we prefer because it gives you more control over where the mobile home hangs off of.
Test them out to make sure they work properly
Before you start installing them, make sure they are the right length. These tie downs come in different lengths to fit your trailer lengths.
To make a proper secure connection, the shorter end of the tie down must be connected to the vehicle’s receiver and the longer end of the tie down must be connected to the trailer’s receiver. If one end is too long, it may not connect or slip-down easily.
To make a proper loose connection, one end of the tie down must be connected to the receiver and the other end of the tie down must be disconnected and allowed to hang-down. This way, it does not need to be tight enough to prevent movement, but loose enough not to hurt if something happens.
Write a blog about it!
If you are installing tie-downs for mobile homes, you will need to write a blog about it. Many websites offer how to install tie-downs for mobile homes, and many provide tips in the post office or website.
Tie-downs can be tricky to install. Some people get stuck trying multiple times, some find tips for quickly hanging the tie-down, and some just don’t like doing that. It is nice to have helpful info on how to do it right!
Many sites say the same thing: The lower end of the tie-down spectrum is acceptable. The higher end of the tie-down spectrum is unsafe. Both can last weeks or even months before they need to be moved.