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Steel E-Track and Aluminum Decking

I don't see this question addressed, after a search.

I have an open all-aluminum trailer and want to install e-track on both outboard sides, to provide a variety of tie-down points. E-track is readily/widely available in steel (painted or galvanized), and can be ordered in aluminum.

A trailer salesman says there could be a concern about electrolysis or corrosion between the two metals, yet I have seen many photos of e-track on aluminum decks. Painted or galvanized e-track may avoid this problem, but over time paint can be worn off (I don't know about the longevity of galvanized), and the action of fastening the track to the deck could remove some of either coating.

Is this something I should be concerned about, or is it OK to forge ahead with standard steel painted or galvanized e-track? I have a nice trailer and don't want to introduce a long-term problem.

And while we're on this subject -- what about "airline track", also known as L-track? I've never used either e-track or L-track but the L-track connection points seem a lot smaller than e-track, and the track itself is much narrower (smaller footprint) than e-track. L-track is aluminum.

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Re: Steel E-Track and Aluminum Decking

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I don't see this question addressed, after a search.

I have an open all-aluminum trailer and want to install e-track on both outboard sides, to provide a variety of tie-down points. E-track is readily/widely available in steel (painted or galvanized), and can be ordered in aluminum.

A trailer salesman says there could be a concern about electrolysis or corrosion between the two metals, yet I have seen many photos of e-track on aluminum decks. Painted or galvanized e-track may avoid this problem, but over time paint can be worn off (I don't know about the longevity of galvanized), and the action of fastening the track to the deck could remove some of either coating.

Is this something I should be concerned about, or is it OK to forge ahead with standard steel painted or galvanized e-track? I have a nice trailer and don't want to introduce a long-term problem.

And while we're on this subject -- what about "airline track", also known as L-track? I've never used either e-track or L-track but the L-track connection points seem a lot smaller than e-track, and the track itself is much narrower (smaller footprint) than e-track. L-track is aluminum.
I would try putting rubber under the track before bolting it down.
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Re: Steel E-Track and Aluminum Decking

Hi, Howard. I'm not familiar with the item you refer to as e-track, but if it's the same as Unistrut, it might not be strong enough for use on a trailer for tie-downs. Here is a link that will show you the Unistrut. 1-5/8 inch Unistrut Metal Framing Channel | Unistrut Service Co. This material is used to hang lighting fixtures, drop ceilings, etc. in the building construction trade. Hope this helps.

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Howard I think that is overkill on your trailer but it should be just fine. I would use it only if you want that much flexibility on attach points for other uses. Other wise just install some good rings for hooks. Remember a good chock and a few tie downs will keep the old girl in place.
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Howard I think that is overkill on your trailer but it should be just fine. I would use it only if you want that much flexibility on attach points for other uses. Other wise just install some good rings for hooks. Remember a good chock and a few tie downs will keep the old girl in place.
I thought about this for a few days and landed on this same thinking, John. If I had a much larger trailer - one intended for 2 or more bikes - I would go with e-track for maximum flexibility in locating the bikes. Since my trailer is strictly a one-bike model, I'm going with a pair of stainless steel e-track "singles" made by Snap-Loc. I'll mount a pair of these - maybe 2 pairs - on the trailer to give me tie down points so the straps from the rear are pulling forward. I also bought another bracket for my Condor chock, and that will be installed on the trailer, also. That was always a given. The chock that came with the trailer is not useful for my purposes.

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Hi, Howard. I'm not familiar with the item you refer to as e-track, but if it's the same as Unistrut, it might not be strong enough for use on a trailer for tie-downs. Here is a link that will show you the Unistrut. 1-5/8 inch Unistrut Metal Framing Channel | Unistrut Service Co. This material is used to hang lighting fixtures, drop ceilings, etc. in the building construction trade. Hope this helps.
Thanks for the ideas, Lee. Interesting products.

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The Snap-Loc product looks great Howard.

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