If you are looking to use ratchet straps to tie your cargo down on your truck or trailer, you may want to also look into winch straps. This ratchet strap variant is used to secure heavy loads on trucks or trailers that may otherwise pose a safety issue, and no one wants to see that.
The concept behind a winch strap is fairly straightforward and easy to understand. It is strictly a strap, similar to a ratchet strap, with a hardware fitting on the end that has been winched into place. (See, I told you it was pretty easy to understand.) Flat hooks and chain extensions seem to be the most common end fitting seen on these straps, but there are others depending on the exact application. Winch straps are used in a similar way as ratchet straps are, and are usually fastened to a winch that is located to the bed of the truck or trailer.
These straps come in a few types; some of them include the sliding, the bolt on, and the weld on strap. Each of these types has a particular use and it completely depends on the application as to which one will solve your needs best. If you do not properly use any of these straps, regardless of the cargo, it is a safety issue, and that should be avoided at all costs. If you remember that safety comes first, everything will go smoothly and according to plan.
Flatbed straight trucks and flatbed trailers will usually use some kind of winch strap to tie down their cargo, but ratchet straps are also commonly used in their place. This just goes to show the versatility of ratchet straps , when used properly they can be used to secure tie down almost anything, almost anywhere.