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If you own a pickup truck, you probably haul cargo, even if only occasionally. Maybe your cargo is a bike or motorcycle, or lumber and building supplies for projects, or simply household trash. Whatever you haul in your truck, it's important to keep it securely in the bed when you're on the road. Items that are allowed to shift around in transit can become damaged, scuff-up the truck's bed or even fly out, and in some states, you can be fined (or denied entry to a landfill) for hauling trash that isn't either covered with a tarp or secured.

So what's the best way to tie down your truck's cargo? It depends on the cargo -- several methods can be used and they all have unique strengths and weaknesses.

Truck Tie Downs - Dale Wickell

Rope used to tie down plastic bins. Dale Wickell