I have been told on more than one occasion that I am easily amused. That’s fine. I can own that. Give me a handful of brand-new cam buckle straps from Rollercam and I’ll keep myself busy for hours. For my money, they are far better than bungee cords and ropes.
Come to think of it, I’m not quite sure what I would do if I didn’t have any cam buckle straps. What if they suddenly ceased to exist? What if my only options were bungee cords and ropes? I would obviously make do, but not as well as I currently do with cam straps.
Keeping My Wheelchair Secure
I’ll be honest and say that I use cam straps for a lot of different things. For starters, I am a disabled person with mobility issues. I use a rigid wheelchair that fits nicely in the back of my SUV if I remove the rear wheels and fold down the back.
I used to secure the chair in my vehicle with a bungee cord. I wrapped the cord around the rear axle and then attached it to mounts built into the back seats. Here’s the problem: the bungee cord would be too loose if I only wrapped around the axle once. If I wrapped around twice, it would be too tight. I was afraid I would break something.
A cam buckle strap proved to be the perfect solution. I can wrap it around the axle as many times as I want. I can run it through other parts of the frame. Either way, I can also tighten it just with the right amount of pressure. My wheelchair stays secure with little risk of damage.
Other Ways I Use Cam Straps
I mentioned the wheelchair because I use it every day. That means I always have that particular cam strap in my hands. But I have other cam straps around the house performing other functions. Some of my favorites include:
- The Gas Grill – A cam buckle strap keeps my gas grill’s propane tank secure. Call me paranoid, but I don’t trust the flimsy metal clip the grill designer built into the frame to keep the tank in place.
- The Christmas Tree – We use an artificial Christmas tree in our home. It is stored in the original box, a box I now keep secure and closed with three strategically placed cam straps along its length.
- The Garden Hose – I use two cam straps to wrangle my garden hose. The first strap is a shorter strap with a hook on one end and a cam buckle on the other. The second is a longer strap with a loop. Between the two, my hose stays nicely coiled and hung on the shed wall.
I could go on, but I won’t bore you with my fascination of all things cam straps. I will say this: the cam buckle is a brilliant invention. It is a lot easier to use than a ratchet because all you need to do to tighten a strap down is gently pull the open end. It doesn’t require very much effort at all.
I have found that cam buckle straps are easier to use than rope. I think they keep things more secure than bungee cords. And of course, being able to tighten the straps with a bit more precision is a benefit.
Without cam buckle straps, I would have to make do with other tiedowns. Needless to say that I would not be happy about such an arrangement. What can I say? I love my cam straps.