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Ford How-Tos: How To Secure Payload

Life never slows down and when you’re traveling from job site to job site, you’ll want to have a Ford truck on your side that can handle not only the journey but also deliver your precious cargo fully intact. Rugged and dependable, all of the Ford trucks for sale at our Farmington Ford dealer are certainly up for the task and are designed to perfectly suit your towing needs, but you may be wondering how you should secure your payload for the adventure ahead. Allow us to explain!

Before loading anything into your truck, first, locate the anchor points along the inside walls of the truck bed. These points are typically located on both sides of the front and end of the bed but may differ based on your specific model. Next, attach the appropriate heavy-duty ratchet straps to secure down your load and make sure to check for rated capacity. Exceeding the limit or utilizing the wrong straps can spell disaster when turning or braking and could potentially damage your cargo!

Tips for Securing Payload in Your Pickup Truck

When packing your truck bed try to keep the center of gravity as low as possible and balanced from side to side for optimal handling and even tire wear. To ensure this, take care to secure your cargo on at least two sides of the bed and properly flag any overhang from your tailgate, as required by law. In the event you’re planning on hauling a loose load such as logs or pipes, then you’ll want to use netting or a tarp to make sure nothing is blown out of your truck bed. Interested drivers can also shop our Ford parts department in Farmington for truck bed accessories like slides and dividers to help you better separate and organize your load.

Whether half-stocked or fully-loaded, Ford owners should always be mindful of their payload’s weight so they do not exceed capacity. If you’re unsure of your vehicle’s payload capacity, you can consult your owner’s manual or contact the team at Ziems Ford Corners for any questions or concerns about securing your payload!