How to Haul Things on a Car Roof With Tie Down Straps

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Tie down straps are an invaluable tool to have, especially if your car can support objects on top as well as inside. Haul things on a car roof with tie down straps with help from an expert in the automotive industry in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Bob Holcomb from Apex Automotive in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Today, we're going to talk about how to haul things on the roof of a car with tie down straps. The first thing you want to consider is what you're putting on top of the roof. You want to make sure that it's not too heavy. I would say anything over 50 pounds you should really be careful of what you're going to haul. This piece of PVC piping is pretty light and I can certainly strap it into the roof of this car. Some of the things I want to be careful are to make sure that it doesn't obstruct my view or if it will come in contact with someone else's automobile as I'm driving. I want to remember that as I go down the road and I increase the speed of the vehicle, there's going to be wind resistance on whatever I attach to the roof. If I attach this pipe to the roof, there won't be a whole lot of wind resistance as it doesn't have a big flat surface. But, if I turn it sideways and try to step into the roof, there'll be a lot more wind resistance and have a tendency to come off the roof. The way I would do this piece of pipe would be simply to strap it to the side runner with a couple of bungee cords and it'll be pretty rigid and it would be fine to go down the road that way. These are a couple of quick tips about attaching things to your roof. I'm Bob Holcomb from Apex Automotive in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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