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Old 09-03-2014, 03:20 PM   #1
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How to secure loose furniture while moving?

We recently updated our rig by removing the dinette and replacing it with a round pedestal table and two dining room chairs. We also replaced the sofa sleeper with two recliners. Since these are all loose pieces of furniture, we would like to find a way to securely strap them down while moving to make sure they donít tip over or become large flying ďdeath objectsĒ in the event of a catastrophic accident. All of this is in the large slide on the pilotís side of the coach.

The simple solution would seem to be d-rings in the floor and cargo straps. However, to securely install d-rings, they need to be attached with nuts and bolts and washers or an anchor plate on the bottom side. The bottom of the slide is smooth sheet metal because it has to slide over a long rubber seal when moved in and out. So, Iím worried the extra hardware might damage the seal. I guess you could screw the d-rings into the floor with lag bolts, but then Iím afraid they wouldn't be strong enough to hold in the event of a real emergency.

How have others done this? Any thoughts or suggestions?
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We removed the sofa, and use the seat belts to secure our recliners. If we removed our dinette it has 2 more seatbelts. I would use the mounts. Your Dinette must have had seat belts underneath, I was under the impression it was the law. Every seating surface in ours came with them.
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We replaced all of the carpeting and tile as part of this facelift and removed all the seatbelts that were under the old dinette and sofa at the same time. So, that is not an option for us at this point.
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are the mounts still there , under the carpet?
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One option may be to install eye bolts into wall under the dinette window then secure the chairs and table with straps and a blanket/towels in between secured chairs and table to keep from marking wall until you've reached your destination. Place an eye bolt under each end of the vertical side of the window valance so it might not be such an eye sore. possibly find eye bolt to match interior cabinet hardware or paint to match? Just a thought.
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I think most hardware stores would have something similar to these:

Machine screws, Phillips flat head - Bolt Depot



Should eliminate your concern about the seal if you get the correct length, countersink the head in the underside of the slide floor, and install the nut on the inside of the coach.
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I think most hardware stores would have something similar to these:

Machine screws, Phillips flat head - Bolt Depot



Should eliminate your concern about the seal if you get the correct length, countersink the head in the underside of the slide floor, and install the nut on the inside of the coach.

Agree

I misread his post and thought all flooring is now tile.
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