Enclosed trailers are the "Swiss Army knives "of storage solutions. As versatile as a pay-by-the-month storage unit but far more accessible, even a brand new 7-by-14-foot enclosed trailer can easily pay for itself in less than two years when compared to a storage unit of the same size. But all that convenience and value means little if everything you put in the trailer gets squashed by everything on top of it.
Load Locks and Netting
Available for as little as $20 to $80 online, load locks have long been used by truck drivers to hold cargo in place during transit. A load lock is a telescoping bar with a ratcheting mechanism inside. To set it, you telescope the bar until the ends contact the walls or the floor and ceiling, then flip the tension handle to lock it in place. If you want to reduce the number of load locks required, you can either span the distance between them with cargo netting or simply run a piece of rope back and forth between them to hold cargo in place.
If you're looking for something a little more permanent, consider purchasing a set of kitchen cabinet kits from you local home-supply store. Kitchen cabinets are fairly cheap to buy, easy to assemble and are available in a variety of sizes to fit any application. If you go this route, secure the cabinets to the walls of your trailer using long through-bolts from the outside. Use a set of rubber washers to weatherproof your assembly, and coat those washers in grease to prevent squeaking and rubber damage in the future.
Overhead Storage Nets
Odds are pretty good that you won't be able to stack your boxes and cargo so perfectly that you utilize all of the available vertical space in your trailer. Drill a series of holes in the walls of your trailer about 12 inches from the ceiling and spaced about 18 inches apart, and install a set of eye-bolt hooks on the inside. With the eye-bolts installed, you can either tie a cargo net in place or run highly tensioned rope from side to side. This is an ideal situation if you need to store things like fishing poles, ladders, gardening implements and pole extensions, and even lumber if you use heavy-duty eye-bolts and strong rope. Link your lateral ropes together with a spider-web network of longitudinal ropes to keep the ropes taut and make for a sort of upper "shelf." If your trailer is more than 10 feet long, consider tying your longitudinal ropes to create a front and rear "shelf" for easier access.
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