Load Trail Specific Stake Pocket D-Rings
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All orders placed after 7/20/2022 will be of the revised versions, featuring the formed tops. Revised versions can be seen in the media gallery on this page.
After numerous revisions since the first sets were made, all to reduce material handling, prep and welding time, while maintaining their strength, the latest revision of our wildly popular stake pocket d-ring mounts is now released. Revised models feature a formed “cap” plate, over the previous 2-piece welded-on-cap plate, to utilize the strength of the 1/4” steel being formed, over solely a fillet weld. The formed cap is welded inside and out to the formed sides of the pocket itself to reinforce the cap from deflection. This revised version also allows the tie downs to sit inward towards the deck of the trailer, leaving the outer rub rails of the trailer to be uninterrupted, providing a cleaner overall look when in use. For stake pockets that do not allow the offset side of the tie down to sit over the deck, it can simply be reversed to point outward, allowing them to be used where the back of the tie down needs to be flush. New sleeker design also takes up less space in a toolbox and is easier to store than the previous, bulkier design.
We don't follow the myth of “more weld is better”, however we stand behind utilizing the mechanical properties of the material to it's fullest extent, before needing to add a weld. From the pull testing that we had performed, it proved that the failure point would be the ring first, then the tear-out of the pin holes themselves, before a failure of the cap structure itself would occur. Granted, the pull testing results that resulted in a deformation or tearing of the plate structure of our tie downs, was a result of an unbalanced load being placed on the tie downs themselves. This can be seen in the photos, the load shifted between the hook and chain links of the load tester, resulting in an uneven load. This was caused by an inadequate test saddle failing prematurely and resorting to using the chain and Crosby rings. Whereas being used in a stake pocket, the hitch pin is placed in an evenly loaded, double shear situation. Either way, the plate structure strength surpassed the load limit of the forged steel rings being used, which in our books, is successful for what it's being advertised as with no smoke and mirrors.
In reality, when sized properly to the load, the stake pocket(that is a downhill MIG welded fillet joint, found on 99% of the trailers on the market) will tear off the side of the trailer before the strength of these tie downs is compromised.
Have a Load Trail brand trailer? Does it have unconventional sized stake pockets? Then we have the correctly sized stake pocket d-rings for you!
Load Trail brand trailers use a proprietary sized stake pocket on their trailers and we've got a stake pocket d-ring to fit it.
Our Load Trail brand specific d-ring tie downs are made to fit their stake pockets that measure 3-3/4" wide X 1-1/2" deep X 2-1/2" tall. PLEASE DOUBLE CHECK AND MEASURE YOUR STAKE POCKETS TO ASSURE PROPER FITMENT, THEY'VE BEEN KNOWN TO USE BOTH THE CONVENTIONAL SIZE AND THE OVERSIZED POCKETS.
They are also made out of the same, USA-made 1/4” formed steel with forged d-rings as our conventional tie downs. All the plates are cnc plasma cut and formed in-house.
Since they are proprietary to the Load Trail brand trailers and are too wide and short to fit conventional stake pockets, we only offer them in the "shorty" size. (If your pockets match the width and depth and happen to be taller, please email us and we can make you a custom length size if needed). This size still utilizes the same amount of metal below the pin holes, plus the added width of these over the conventional sized tie downs, constitute to more metal on the front and back of the pin holes, thus adding strength.
Ring sizes are offered in 3 sizes as follows:
The 1/2” rings that are used have a 4,000lb working load limit and a 12,000lb minimum break strength.
The 5/8” rings that are used have a 6,000lb working load limit and an 18,000lb minimum break strength.
The 3/4” rings that are used have a 9,000lb working load limit and a 26,500 minimum break strength.
An anti-theft option for them has also been asked for, so now all stake pockets from here on out(June 2020), will have a hole on the bottom edge to accept a Masterlock. While we feel the lock isn’t the end all, be all for theft, as cordless grinders are readily available nowadays, it’s simply more of a deterrent than anything. Whether you choose to utilize the hole or not, is totally up to you, but we’d rather see the option be available for you(The locks pictured are a $15/pair from Lowe’s, cheap insurance)
These all come with a 1/2"” hitch pin(and hairpin clip, also both USA made) to retain the mount in the stake pocket.
Thrifty Garage on YouTube did a comparison review of a handful of different stake pocket d-rings. We’ve since started sandblasting before powder coating, to alleviate the chipping of the coating. Here’s his video:
*****It’s up to you the consumer to do your homework and choose the proper ring size for the load you are restraining and your local/state/federal DOT guidelines!! You are using these at your own risk*****
***SOLD AS PAIRS—-QUANTITY OF 1 EQUALS 2 MOUNTS***
Effective 3/12/2020, all tie downs will no longer be painted, but will now be powder coated in-house.
All powder coated orders are bubble wrapped to protect the coating and raw steel rings are shrink wrapped together. Boxes are taped around all 6 sides. Some scratches may be present upon delivery, as USPS is sometimes known to handle with the least amount of care.