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    Default Hardware advice for ladder attachment

    OK...I want to move my ladder from being stored inside the closed tent to outside.
    The best solution I can see is to strap it beneath the tent bottom.
    I have 1/4" bolts from the actual tent attachment to the support rails that I want to use as attachment points for black rubber or similar bungee straps.
    But I am having a heck of a time finding a tie-down anchor that will slip over the 1/4" stud and clamp down one end with a good sized ring or slot at the other end.
    Hope this makes sense.
    I've surfed quite a bit...no luck so far.
    Any ideas?

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    checkout McMaster-Carr look up P/N 12065A63

    That might do what you want it to.

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    How about Quik Fist Clamps ?

    Wil has them for sale

    I also store my ladder under the Maggiolina tent on the Tacoma - the rack has just enough space to slide it under. Sure keeps the inside clean.
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    Not quite there yet, guys...
    What I'm looking for is more like a figure 8. A small washer/hole on one end fits over the exposed bolt and a nut secures it. The other end of the figure 8 is larger perhaps, and takes the hook of the bungee.

    Does that make sense?

    The McMaster-Carr site has potential...I'm searching still...

    This diagram shows an end that would work, but I can't find that end or tie-down component...
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    McMaster has damn near EVERYTHING! Even if you don't find what you are looking for for this particular thing, Contact them and get a full paper catalog, I find that it is much easier to find things in their book than on their site. The book is 4,000 pages!!!!!! The book WILL come in handy at some point!!!
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    I have seen something like what you describe at our local Ace hardware. It is used for a cargo tie down.
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    How about a large flat washer with a 1/4" hole to fit the stud. Drill a hole in the edge of the washer, and put a split ring through the hole you drilled? Secure the washer with a nut.

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    I searched at Ace for quite some time...no dice.
    So I went home and opened a few of my parts bins.
    Found four 1/2" x 2" straight brackets, one hole in each end already the right size. Popped them in the vice, bent them slightly (~30˚), rounded the corners; they fit perfectly.
    Added a layer of rubber padding over the tent support bars so I won't have metal on metal, and stretched a couple of bungees across.
    Voila!
    Took me longer to search the web and Ace unsuccessfully than to do it!
    Now I think I will just replace the cheap bungees with black rubber bungees.
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    Ed,

    My suggestion would be to purchase 4 of McMaster PN 8860T82, attach them to the underside of the roof rail and use 2 shortened ratchet straps to hold the ladder in place. We have used the 8860T82 as ratchet hold downs in the back Scotty's FJ40 with great success.
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