Titan Straps How-To Series: Lashing a Ladder to a Truck Rack with Tension Straps

Titan Straps How-To Series: Lashing a Ladder to a Truck Rack with Tension Straps

New YouTube How-To Series!

In our new YouTube Series, we'll show you in 60 seconds or less how to use Titan Straps on the job site, for your home DIY projects or out in the field skiing, cycling or riding your motorcycle.

In this video, we'll illustrate how to use two 30" Industrial Straps to lash a ladder to a truck rack. These ladder straps are a safe, easy-to-use, bombproof way to secure anything to your truck.

What's So Great About a "Tension Strap"?

Similar to a belt, a tension strap is a super strong and stretchy polyurethane strap. You wrap it around one thing to secure it to another thing. It has holes like a belt, and a polished aircraft aluminum buckle with a flange, like a buckle. The difference is that when you “stretch” a tension strap around something and pull tension on it, the tension created keeps that item in place, securing it like a vice.

The beauty of tension straps is that they keep your load immovable, even as that load shifts and adjusts as you’re driving, riding, skiing, etc. Because of the stretch in the polyurethane material of the tension straps, there is no play in the system. 

Let’s say you use a ratchet or cam strap to attach a bundle of PVC pipe to your truck rack. As you drive and that load shifts, the straps often loosen. In order to secure those pipes, you’ll have to readjust and tighten those ratchets. Likewise with a load of lumber or two ladders stacked on top of each other.

Bungees snap and stretch out. And ratchet straps are practically unusable if they’re frozen or your hands are numb. While they have their place in the world of construction, if you want something easier to use, faster, that holds up to 70lbs., and that you can use with gloves in freezing temps, tension straps are a great alternative.

In other words, a couple of our ladder straps will optimally and securely hold your ladder(s) on your truck rack!