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Fitting out a van

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Just bought a Renault Trafic, H1L1. It has a wooden floor but that's all. Any suggestions how I go fitting it out, which I've never done before, so that I have have some secure storage. Photos would be ace. Thanks.

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I suppose it has got tie-down anchor points, so you will need some Ratchet Straps.   Just use two straps, one on each handlebar, and compress the suspension about half travel.  Put the strap clips into the anchor points.   Once you have found the correct length of the straps, you don't ever need to alter that setting.   I use a rock behind the back wheel, to stop the bike moving back and fro.

Add some boxes for tools, and helmet, and you will most likely find a space for your boots and fuel.

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Protect the internal sides of the van body by panelling out with some 3-ply wood to keep the weight down. Add a few wooden battons at footrest and handlebar height to lean the bike(s) against when putting them in the back. Rather than a rock ( as suggested previously, which may work well if it stays in place) to stop the bikes moving in transit try to arrange the tie downs mor effectively i.e. from one tie down anchor through and around the rear wheel to the other side anchor. A nice bright led interior light would be a benefit and maybe some where to attach a small vice at the rear of the van, but out of the loading area. Black out any rear door widows to keep toe rags eyes from seeing what’s in your van. Get yourself a good immobiliser so the van is still there in the morning, nice for the toe rags to discover that not only have they nicked your van but ended up with a bike and some goodies too!

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