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Tie Loads to Car Roofs By Making Temporary Anchors

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This is for cars with no racks on the car roof and with at least 4 doors
When  there are places to tie the ropes to,  or to hook the bungee cords to , then  it is easy to tie loads to car roofs with ropes or bungee cords
The places to tie the ropes, or hook the bungee cords , are w called anchor points.
Here is how to make these temporary anchor points

The use of a ratchet strap is also most highly recommended. 

The use of a rubbery roof pad is also highly  recomended

 
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Step 1: Materials

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There are several materials that can be used for anchors.
The materials have to be strong and thin.
For my vehicle, I would consider strong as having a working load of 75 pounds or more
I would consider thin to be less than 3/8 inches thick.

Although I will illustrate the procedure with nylon military belts ( straps)
Other materials could have been used.
For instance:
Cable Ties ( Zip Ties)
550 paracord
Electrical cord
Other thin wirres or cables
Luggage straps
Leather belts


Step 2: Tie Straps Around Center Posts of Cars

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Tie the straps loosely  around the centerposts.
Turn the knots inside the car and close the doors
The knot used to tie the ends of the strap together is called a "water knot"
Many sites on the web show how to tie a water knot.

If tying this knot is a problem, then consider using cable ties or  paracord or a wire or cable.
Small clamps will bind cables and can be obtained at the Ace Hardware store.


Step 3: Turn Strap to inside Of Car and Close Door

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Inside View of Knot

Step 4: Outside View

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View From Outside

Step 5: Anchor Points on Both Sides

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This is how the car looks with anchor points on both sides

Step 6: Loaded Car

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Here is a picture of a car loaded using the anchors

Step 7: Option: Instead of Straps, Use Long Cable Ties

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One easy way tpo majke anchors is to use a long ( 18-36" cable strap
These are also known as Zip ties
They are thin and strong.
They can cost  from 0.30 - 1.00 each and are not re-useable
But they are easy.


Step 8: Details of Cord Tied To Anchors

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The cord is ttied to anchor using a knot called
"Round Turn and Two Half Hitches"
DeeRilee4 months ago

Great ideas! One thing that should be mentioned, during a heavy rain the "anchor" could cause water to be diverted inside the car.

But for dry weather, a perfect solution!

Excellent ideas here!

thank you!