If you own a pickup truck, it is likely that you’ve used your truck to transport large items at one point or another; whether for yourself, or a friend who doesn’t own a truck. You may then be aware of how important it is to make sure the things you are transporting are securely tied into place while being transported, not only to insure the item doesn’t become damages, but also for the safety of other drivers.
What Are Retractable Tie Downs And Retractable Anchors?
Retractable anchors are tie down points that fit into stake holes that are found in the bed of your truck. In some cases these can be mounted to the wall of the truck bed as well, but in each case they work to anchor your cargo when it is tied in with straps. Truck tie downs are usually steel rings that can be attached to ropes, or other bindings so that items can be secured and prevented from jostling, moving, or falling out of the truck itself.
Because the rings and anchor points stick out from the bed, they can be susceptible to damage and can potentially get in the way when you are working in the truck bed. This is why retractable anchors or retractable tie downs are beneficial, as they can be pushed down to prevent damage or inconvenience. Retractable truck bed anchors are also a good option if you use any kind of cover over the back, as they could get in the way otherwise.
No Loss of Strength
Retractable truck bed tie downs are as strong as non-retractable versions. While moving parts tend to be weaker than fixed points, that isn’t the case here. The mechanism that allows for movement doesn’t compromise the overall strength of the anchor point at all, so you can be assured that even your biggest hauls are secure in the back of your truck. The strongest types of retractable anchors have a 1,000 pound capacity each, so there is absolutely no reason to worry about breakage.
Retractable anchors offer the strength and security of traditional tie down points, with the convenience of being able to hide them away to prevent damage or hindrance. If you own a pick up truck and do a lot of hauling consider the benefits of these attachments, so that you can have peace of mind every time you strap a load down.