Building A Fishing Trailer: Part 8

Being able to secure your load will save time and money.

Track System

Whether you are moving a couch for your annoying sister or trying to keep your prized ATV from sliding around and getting busted up, you need a way to secure things. I choose a channel track system because it’s highly versatile.

Even if you just use your trailer for fishing, the need for multiple and different tie down points is inevitable. As you change machines, shacks or invite others along you want to be able to easily have a tie down point. Instead of cutting holes in the floor and putting recessed tie downs that are not moveable and only good in just one spot I wanted to be able to have it work for any situation.

Buying an angled aluminum L track 100 inches long with predrilled holes made installation much easier. I secured it with stainless bolts just long enough to fit a nyloc locking nut, using a large fender washer as backing. In some places I plan to go back and make a bracket that will help cinch and tie it into the frame of the trailer.

The double angled track allowed me to run it right up against the wall and not trip or catch trailer contents on it. Most track manufactures offer small end pieces that will make it more cosmetically pleasing and keep from cutting contents on the metal edges.

While it might have been a little overkill, I put a little bit of silicone between the track and kick plate to keep any water from pooling.

The biggest advantage as previously mentioned of track is that tie downs can be added or removed easily. I choose to use a pear shaped double foot piece to fit into the track. Many different options are available online and particularly where the track is sold.

Whatever you choose to use as tie downs make sure you get something that is stainless and has a breaking strength in the range you need.

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