When I was trying to strap down the hood I delivered to a fellow fanatic, I had a problem that the length of the strap was leaving my ratchet section under the hood and I couldn't reach it to tighten it down. I figured out a little trick that others might find useful. I used a short piece of PVC and looped the end of the strap with the ratchet and looped it through the PVC twice and that shortened it up. Now I could get to the ratchet. With the strap looped through it won't slide off like if you just wrapped it around something. When I released the strap it came apart easily and I simply pulled it back out of the piece of PVC.