for binding down.. some people prefer chains.. some straps.
I'm a mostly strap person, with a chain or 2 maybee.
I like a strap at each corner, a strap over the center, and a strap on each implement. IE.. if it hs a laoder and a hoe.. that means 7 straps.
if the load is exceptionally long.. 2 middle straps, spaced. if it is extremely heavy load.. then a chain is added to the 2 rear corner straps, to keep the load from jumping into truck bed on a panic stop. I sometimes use a front and rear chain with ratched binders 'just because' if it's a heavy load. like a TLB.
always use straps that are the 20K 2" or better size.. not worth using anything smaller.
check your straps.
repalce frayed ones and in general.. keep your straps in a 5g bucket with a lid, out of the sunlight and they will last longer.
Iput my straps on a rotation.. and repalce 1-2 a year .. moving the old ones to less critical tasks on the farm.. etc.
ps.. on brake controllers.. obviously.. the more $.. the more options.
as to technology.. there are about 3 styles.
timed, timed with a pendulum, and direct hyd connection.
latter is $$$$$
the middle is under 200$ and gives good usage on freuent tows.
the least $ one can be had for 50-75$ and for 'most' work.. is ok. walmart sells one for about 55$ it looks a lil plain.. but works fine.
i have cheap palne jane hoppy in my work truck.. it cost 35$ 8ys ago.. it's made many, many, multi state hauls. it's a timed unit.. and has 3 led display. green good, yellow error, red not connected. that's it.
there was a 50$ version of it that actually had error codes with 2 multi segment display. I have that in my 350. i have a drawtight activator 2 in my yukon.. both are same technology and function. in my 450 I have a prodigy. that is an up[grade unit with a pendulum. ie.. it senses stopping inertia and has some brake boost options for towing trailers weighig more or being physically longer than the truck.. nice controller if you tow alot.
for average user..a timed unit is more than fine... most try to get away with NO controller :(