Anchor Points Make All the Difference When Using Cam Straps

I will admit to being sold on Rollercam cam straps over bungee cords, rope, and other types of tie-downs. I love the cam strap’s flexibility and versatility. But there is one thing that gives me pause whenever I use them: anchor points. It goes without saying that anchor points make all the difference in the world.

The only time you wouldn’t need to worry about an anchor point is when using a single strap inserted through its own cam buckle. A good example are the straps I use to hang my garden hoses. I use a single strap for each hose. The open end of one strap is threaded through the cam buckle on the other end to form a huge loop. With that loop, I hang one of my hoses on a giant hook attached to the wall.

Single strap applications are rare for me. Most of the time, I need to use two straps to do what I want to do. This is why I care so much about anchor points. They can make or break any securement application.

Anchor Points Come in Many Forms

Common sense dictates that anchor points come in many forms. Picture a typical pickup truck. Most trucks have anchor points built into the four walls of the cargo space. They look like little hooks welded to the inside of the box. A good fitting for these types of anchor points is the trusted D-ring.

Another common anchor point on a pickup truck is a recessed D-ring welded right to the bed. You would anchor a cam strap to the ring with an S-hook or a loop.

Boat trailers have their own anchor points as do utility trailers and box trucks. The granddaddy of them all is the spool welded to the side of a commercial flatbed trailer. That spool is home to a ratchet strap. The best thing about spools is that they are permanent fixtures. They serve the dual purpose of acting as a storage facility for the straps they house.

Strength and Position

What concerns me about anchor points is their strength and position. Obviously, an anchor point needs to be strong enough to handle the load. So while other people are obsessed over working load limits (WLL) and tensile strength – both are important to me, too – I am just as concerned about the strength of my anchor points whenever I deploy a few cam straps.

Position makes a difference too. Why? Because it influences how I deploy straps. I want as much contact as possible between my straps and the cargo they are holding. But if I am working with anchor points in less-than-ideal locations, I might not get as much contact as I want. That might motivate me to use more straps then I otherwise would.

It’s All About Force

Holding things in place with cam straps is all about force. This relates to anchor points in the sense that their location, relative to the cargo being secured, matters. If the anchor points are too high, I might not get enough downward force to make me feel comfortable. In my book, lower anchor points are better anchor points.

I like to say that cam straps are only as strong as their anchor points. An anchor point constitutes that final connection point that keeps a loan secure. If my anchor points are not up to the task, I just don’t feel comfortable trying to secure things. As far as I am concerned, you can never be too careful choosing the right anchor points for every job.

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