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    Anything wrong with using the rear tow loop as a tie down?

    Can I use the rear tow hook on a 2004 XLT1200 as a tie down with one of those floating hook tie down straps? I think it should be ok, but just thought I'd ask. Thanks!

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    tying down with the tow hook would be less pressure than pulling a ski/tube.....I would do it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by xray328 View Post
    Can I use the rear tow hook on a 2004 XLT1200 as a tie down with one of those floating hook tie down straps? I think it should be ok, but just thought I'd ask. Thanks!

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    Don't see why it would be a problem. There is 10 times the pressure put on it when you tow someone skiing or tubing. Go for it.

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    been doing it for years, no issue!

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    Cool, thanks!

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    Just do NOT use the ratchet style. Only the friction style. A little bounce on the trailer never hurt a stock hull... over-tightening straps crack the hell out of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydrotoys View Post
    Just do NOT use the ratchet style. Only the friction style. A little bounce on the trailer never hurt a stock hull... over-tightening straps crack the hell out of them.
    yes. ^ is correct. If you hit a big enough bump on the road, you want the friction straps as they can give and allow the transfer of energy to distribute thru the whole trailer. If the ratchet straps are used, the skis become part of the trailer when a bump is hit and area where the ski is secured become the point of localized energy transfer.....then....the corners of the rear hull about 8-12 inches up will put stress cracks on your upper rear portion of the hull & under the rear corner mats. There are pics of this on the forum

    "remember, you never get rid of potential energy, it becomes kinetic energy and is then transferred from one place to another."

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