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Old 04-15-2008, 09:38 AM   #1
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I suppose this is a beginner's question, but... I am...

I am interested in hearing others techniques for securing items in basement storage areas, stopping things from sliding around, and such. I plan on using some heavy plastic totes for some storage. These will slide on our fiberglass storage area surfaces. I am considering a rubber surface mounted on the individual containers (such as pond liner or something similar), or maybe carpeting on the surface of some of the storage areas.
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Consider waiting until after your first year of travel. By that time there may be so much stuff, in the basement, that the only way anything will move is when it needs to be taken out to get the something else. You heard it here first.
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I can't believe I didn't think of that!

I do promise to give more thought to any further rookie outbursts! (I can't believe I didn't think of that!)

For sure I am going to consider hauling my drum set with me now!
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:16 AM   #5
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Their statments where very true.. but to better answer your question..
I use plastic bins or tubs, with the ends labled so I know whats inside. Things can shift alittle in the tubs, but the tubs fit snugly in the storage bays. My 4 drawer tool chest is bolted to the floor of the bay, as is my compressor. Ladder is rolled up in the outdoor patio rug. Every shelf in interior is lined with rubber, no slip shelf liner.
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It is real nice having fiberglass storage compartment because you can wash the out so I wouldn't put anything in there perminent. I used rubber door matts in mine and they worked fine.
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We found metal "D" rings w/ tabs on them in the hardware store. Believe they were in the picture hanging dept. The tabs had small holes in them and we simply removed a couple of existing fastening screw in the cargo bays and reinstalled them with the D rings attached. Now we stretch bungee cords between the D rings which holds the cargo back.
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Thank you for the ideas.

Rick,

I use the plastic bins idea. I have some industrial strength ones I purchased over 15 years ago that don't crack and the lids close more easily than those commonly available at retail stores now. The company that sells them no longer sells them to retail outlets because they are much more expensive and not competitive price wise. I finally found them on-line and hope to be able to purchase a few more.

TOOL CHEST? Why would I need that, (just kidding).

I had gotten a ladder and found a good space for it. It was one of those items I had not figured out how to secure. Your idea about the rug finishes it off, thanks.

I did the shelf lining. I found our local Costco had large rolls for sale. After seeing the price of the precut stuff at an RV parts store I've a new business plan! I did not do the drawers that I anticipate putting soft goods in (like clothing).

speed racer,

The floor mats sound like a good idea until next year when they become so full I won't need them (and need the little space they take up).

Paulin,

I like the D-Ring idea, I'll use that too. I did a similar thing (using the screws already there) placing a piece of plastic on the dash so I could attach some devices, (GPS, Phone, XM Radio, etc.) onto the plastic pieces and not muck up the original dash.

Thanks all...
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I could not find D-Ring assemblies already made up so I made some by bending flexible hanger tape around the D-Ring, aligning the holes in the tape so I could just screw them into the side walls of the storage units.

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Simple solution, get more "stuff" and fill the compartments with more totes.

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I got rubber "anti-fatigue" mats from Lowe's, and cut them up to fit. Then, I got clear plastic tubs and load them in a specific order based on what I need access to when...
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