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Old 02-18-2024, 10:52 AM   #1
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L Track Parts

Hello airstream forum people. I was baffled by the L-track mounted in the floor and wall of my airstream Basecamp (REI edition).

But a friend who was former military and logistics helped me learn what it is and where to get parts.

I wound up ordering from Ali Express as the parts are kind of hard to find and expensive. I couldn't find any of it at harbor freight or local hardware stores.

Basically there are these single or double sliding baseplates that lock into the openings and then tighten down with a wrench.

I purchased several of the little widgets that are used to lock down other metal parts, a front fork bicycle connector and several parts for hanging rings on the wall or floor.

I'll post pics once the stuff gets here of it installed.
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Old 02-18-2024, 10:58 AM   #2
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Forgot the pics

I forgot the pics ony post, sorry
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Old 02-23-2024, 03:58 AM   #3
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I know Airstream Supply Company is selling a quick release with a loop to use in the L track. That’s the only item they have there though.
https://airstreamsupplycompany.com/p...45778039013665
I’ll have to check out Ali Express.
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Old 02-23-2024, 04:41 AM   #4
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I found on amazon

I found several styles on Amazon.
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Old 02-23-2024, 06:58 AM   #5
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I installed the L-track in a motorcycle trailer, 6' strips.
The stuff is fantastic, with some notes.
In order to get the maximum strength (10,000#) you must use their bolts. Even thought they look like a countersunk machine screw head, the angle is different and so a regular bolt only contacts in one spot.. I bought a bag of their screws.
The track is a toe stubber. It's actually designed to have flooring on both sides, making it lie flush. I believe they also make a tapered track for surface mounting.
I found mine at a supplier of motorcycle tie down straps and gear.
I used a bolt in each hole, and under the trailer I used a fender washer and nylock nut. I'm pretty sure you could have lifted the trailer by the track.
Mine came from "US Cargo Control"
https://www.uscargocontrol.com/produ...AaAuDhEALw_wcB
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Old 02-23-2024, 01:55 PM   #6
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I looked at cargo control and they were quite expensive compared to what I purchased (10x or more) but I'm sure what I ordered is of lesser quality. Mine has a strip on the floor parallel to the axle and the one on the wall oriented up and down. Some of the parts came in today although not the bike mount. They fit well and lock down tight. We are headed out this weekend and aren't biking. I may strap down a cooler or something just to test them.
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Old 02-23-2024, 03:41 PM   #7
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Question on e trac

I did not ask if the track is secured to structural metal and if so by what means, I have not closely examined mine yet to see if you can tell how the track is attached. I was not told of a weight limit or any other limits to what you attached to the track. I just donít want to pop one loose to find out the limits on the track are very low. Any thoughts?
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Old 02-24-2024, 06:17 AM   #8
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Good question. I don't know the limits. When they first showed me the base camp I noted it because the sales rep said there were bicycle fork mounts. My wife and I love to ride bikes while camping and that was definitely a plus for me. We tested the "fit" to make sure two bikes could be in the center comfortably and they can if you orient them facing opposite directions. I don't intend to torque the straps down very tight as though it's some military cargo setup. But you're right to ask if the track is just drilled down with a couple.of screws into the surface or if it's installed with some type of manufacturer recommended attachment.
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But you're right to ask if the track is just drilled down with a couple.of screws into the surface or if it's installed with some type of manufacturer recommended attachment.
If it's for a couple bicycles, it's probably fine. Mine was used to tie down a 700 pound motorcycle using ratchet straps compressing the front forks. I wanted to know nothing was going to move, and it didn't.
If you've ever looked it's the track used in commercial aircraft to tie down a row of seats. In any kind of sudden movement that's a lot of load. But it still allows them to reconfigure the seats in a few minutes.
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Old 02-24-2024, 01:26 PM   #10
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L track

I have a motorcycle trailer with 3 rows of etrack, a wider and somewhat different hook up method, usually for heavier duty situations, when I ordered the trailer they said they would only install them welded to the cross members. I mentioned I had seen them bolted thru 2x wood flooring on trailers, and they quickly said they would only install to manfacturers specs and bolted thru wood was not acceptable. And I worked for Boeing for a number of years and I doubt Airstream is following aircraft standards on anything.$$$
I plan to not put much load or stress on any of them. We mountain bike and will probably get some kind of bracet or stand for front wheel and use light straps to just hold it upright and stationary.
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Old 02-27-2024, 12:53 PM   #11
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The first of my parts came in. I made the order through Ali Express.

I have four of what I call the "figure 8" which have a figure 8-shaped base plate and were 2.75 each (I picked up 4 of them). They will bolt over a thick washer clip and lock down the bike fork rig to the floor.

And I have five of the ring clips which are spring loaded and can go on the vertical wall strip or the floor. These were 2.25 each. They're not as heavy as the figure 8 bolt clips.

Both types are very heavy and don't move at all when they are locked in. I do not know the weight limit but I pulled very hard (poor design of experiment) and there was no movement. I doubt they would meet airline specs for cargo but I don't think there is any way that a bike, cooler, bag of phone charging stuff clipped to the wall or anything else under normal use would rip them out.
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Thumbs up Interesting

Interested the bolt and nut version, do you have a plan or application in mind for those?
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Bike mounts

Yes, I purchased two "holders" for bicycle fork and bicycle tire respectively. These will mount to the L track with the bolt figure 8 holders.
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