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Old 11-02-2012, 11:42 AM   #1
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Fastening items in the basement

Hi,
I have a 2011 Allegro Open Road.
I want to store a ladder and other items in the basement and would like to know what method others have used to anchor these items so they do not slide around.
I was thinking of adding carpet and then pop rivets with Velcro straps.

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Old 11-02-2012, 12:44 PM   #2
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Just put more stuff in there. I'm joking but I like your idea. The only area on mine where things will really slide is the plastic lined bay above the propane tank. However, I use that as a damp bay (rugs and stuff) and have not had to add any straps.

You can use pop rivets or sheet metal screws but in either case, I would coat the backsides with silicon if they go through a partition that is exposed to the weather.
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:25 PM   #3
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I just use a piece of heavy -duty non skid material -- available at most home improvement and tool equipment stores and similar to carpet underlay. It does not need to be glued or fastened.

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Old 11-03-2012, 06:24 AM   #4
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Just put more stuff in there. I'm joking but I like your idea. The only area on mine where things will really slide is the plastic lined bay above the propane tank. However, I use that as a damp bay (rugs and stuff) and have not had to add any straps.

You can use pop rivets or sheet metal screws but in either case, I would coat the backsides with silicon if they go through a partition that is exposed to the weather.
If you add the right kind of carpet, the "hook" portion of Velcro will stick directly to the carpet. Most of our storage bays came from the factory with the usual type of thin carpet you usually see lining the trunks of cars glued in place. I use Velcro strips to hold things directly to the carpet.

Note: if you drill holes for pop rivets, dab a little caulk on the outside ends of the rivets so they don't cause a leak. Pop rivets are basically hollow.
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I carry mine on my ladder with an L shaped hook purchased from Camping World for aroune $25. Also carry my bike on it and secure both with a bungee cords.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:47 PM   #6
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In the large storage bays I drilled small holes on each side to poke bungee cords through to secure my rake and shovel and a few other odds and ends that were in that size range. Neat, clean; and they stay put. Cost= about $6.00.
I keep out recliners in the storage are above the propane tank along with a couple of rockers for guests. Perfect fit and no movement.
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For the most part, I have everything in Cargo Slides with carpeted floor. In the spaces with no slide, I have everything in plastic tubs (the ones with wheels so they roll out) and the rest is stuffed in between and can't go anywhere.

Word of caution, if you are drilling holes especially in any of the frame work, be careful because sometimes the manufactures use these to run wiring etc.
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Actually, the idea of stuffing storage areas full works very well. I use dry beach towels, spare rolls of paper towels (still in the plastic wrapper), fleece jackets, and empty used gallon water bottles to pack unused spaces for inside storage.

For basement storage, I use extra empty corrugated cartons of various sizes. They can be filled and emptied as needed, and weigh almost nothing when empty.
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I hang my ladder on the rear ladder like pat F.

The stuff in the bays just stays where it is as there isn't much room for it to move around.
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I carry a 7' folding ladder. The one that folds to 7' X 3" X 4". I carry it in the rear pass thru of the Bounder. It is kept secure to the rear wall of the pass thru using a set of fishing rod holders, the ones with vercro straps. Been there for 14,000, miles no problems and easy to get out.
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