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Strap Tek simplifies weight distribution systems

LCI Strap TekELKHART, Ind. — Lippert Components today introduced StrapTek, a new weight distribution product that employs a ratchet winch and heavy-duty polyester straps instead of traditional chains and snap-up brackets. 

StrapTek allows users to safely and easily adjust weight distribution spring bars on travel trailer RVs and cargo trailers with a standard socket wrench.

“Like other RVers out there, hooking up my weight distribution system made me anxious,” said Product Developer Dave Gramlin. “I was tired of dealing with noisy, cumbersome and potentially dangerous chain systems that sometimes left me with bruises.”

Traditional chain systems can require raising and lowering the tow vehicle with a jack over and over to get the right tension. StrapTek adjusts by simply tightening or loosening the straps using a standard socket wrench, saving time and energy.

“StrapTek is a safe alternative that also provides superior sway control,” added Gramlin.

StrapTek integrates easily with most weight distribution hitch systems on the market and is available in a fully integrated OEM version as well as a “universal-fit” aftermarket kit. In addition to the towing benefits and easy hookup StrapTek provides to the end user, the OEM version provides manufacturers another unique benefit.

“Because of the fully integrated OEM design, manufacturers no longer need to leave open space on the draw bars to accommodate aftermarket bracket systems,” said LCI Vice President of Sales Andy Murray. “This gives OEMs more freedom on placement of LP tanks, battery trays, spare tires, etc. We believe this is a significant benefit and know our customers will find innovative ways to take advantage of this added flexibility.”

SOURCE: Lippert Components press release

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One comment

  1. I have to say that I’ve seen this system in action and I am impressed how much it simplifies hitching up. Since I still have a manual jack, I dread cranking the tongue up and down to tension my bars especially on a hot day (blithering, sweaty mess!). Not to mention the two footed, straight back stance I have to take to hoist the bar into tension with my setup. The ratchet system gives you so much better leverage and goes much easier on the back. I’d rather have one of these than an electric jack. Great idea!

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