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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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Because I cart around a couple of bikes at a time I got basic wheel chocks off a famous auction website, they were something like £20 each.  Otherwise, you can point a single bike at the front corner at 45 degrees.

If you don't have a bulkhead, weld at least one heavy bar accross otherwise if you have an accident your bike can end up in the passenger compartment (a 70Kg bike will go through plywood like a knife through butter in a 50mph frontal crash).

In other news, having a couple of lights and coat hooks in the back is super useful, and having tried different solutions I decided to keep all my parts and tools in stackable plastic boxes - it means you can move everything around easily should you need to transport other things besides bikes :)

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I suspect it's a reference to shifting rocks.  One famous Yorkshireman appeared to have double-jointed ankles such was his ability to flick rocks off the line as he walked the sections.  I noticed at the Pre '65 that age has not diminished his abilities in that regard☺

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13 hours ago, Solarflares said:

... Could even run a mains-inverter for a decent compressor and powerwash (bucket-fed!) - so you can clean your bike and blow it off before you set about changing filters , oil etc. ...

I have a 12v water pump and a couple of water containers, it gives about the same pressure as mains water so enough to get non-clay mud off :)  Hadn't thought of an air compressor, but that would be super handy for tyres as well as blowing muck out - much better to transport and store with some pressure in them!

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