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Old 05-26-2016, 12:59 PM   #11
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E-track and nylon straps are relatively affordable. Just make sure any such track is well-anchored to the bus framework. This suggestion is more applicable to a one-time long distance move than to regular use though. It just wouldn't be very convenient to have to let out the ratchet strap every time one wanted to open the refrigerator, for example.
Great suggestion!

I just got off the phone with Ed from US Cargo Contol (E Track Straps & Tie Downs for Trailers: Ratchet Straps & E Track Tie Downs). He's a very pleasant and knowledgeable fellow, and we spent some time discussing best practices. I sent him to a photo of a gutted bus so he could see the structure. I anticipate buying from him when the time comes. He can be reached at 855-206-6269.

Note: they sell 2', 5', 8', and 10' lengths, but he suggested staying with the 8' and under because they have to send the 10' by freight. It's that sort of concern and advice that impressed me. And the price, while not free, is certainly reasonable - considering the forces involved and my lack of engineering degree, this seems like a good move.
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Old 05-26-2016, 02:04 PM   #12
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When your number is up, IT'S UP. Just don't do anything stupid and you should be fine. e.g. driving down an embankment.
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Old 05-26-2016, 04:04 PM   #13
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Yes those trucker straps and brackets would be the strongest. This bus just had loads of L-track throughout except for directly in front of the wheel chair lift.

When I drive I certainly do have to strap the fridge door closed. I forgot again a couple months ago. It has it's own special latch now so it doesn't open anymore, but everything still seems to be piled up against the inside of the door when I open it.

I make it a point to stay on top of the embankment. The places I drive make me wish I had a driver's door for an emergency exit. I'll try to get a few pics this summer.
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Old 05-26-2016, 10:26 PM   #14
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Cool topic.

I have sort of planned on keeping my bus very bus like and plain but considered 2x4 frames around stuff. I sorta like 2x4 lstructure. It is also making me consider leaving some seat legs attached and maybe welding a loop to hook straps to if needed.
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