Can Horizontal E-Tracks be Used with Erickson Wood Beam Sockets # 59149

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I am looking at purchasing 4 of these wood beam sockets to create a single shelf at the front of my enclosed trailer. I have seen pictures of install and most pictures have 4 vertical e tracks, I am hoping to simply use 2 horizontal tracks, one on each side of the trailer, Item # EM59150. With 2 of the wood brackets in each. Any reason vertical tracks are better the horizontal other than added additional shelves? Additionally the holes that are available on the wood beam sockets are for screws or bolts to keep the 2x4 or 2x6 in place? Thank in advance

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You can absolutely use the Horizontal E-Tracks # EM59150 that you referenced in your enclosed trailer with 4 of the Wood Beam Sockets # 59149 to create a shelf. There isn't any structural benefit to using vertical E-tracks for this application over the horizontal tracks you are wanting to use. Vertical mount tracks would just allow for a bit more versatility as you could lower or raise the shelf if desired (but in your setup you could move it forward or back).

The holes on the brackets themselves are indeed to allow you to secure the lumber in place with some 1/4 inch diameter bolts.

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My trailer has the white plastic material covering every wall. Am I looking to attach it horizontally into the plywood covered by the white walls or ideally looking for the aluminium support beams 2 different types of screws as well Not a big deal just want to make sure I mount correct and eventually have a sturdy shelf. Thank You

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Attaching the Erickson Horizontal E-Track # EM59150 to the plywood behind your white vinyl walls should give you a sufficient setup for a sturdy shelf. You will just want to use as many of the mounting holes as possible on the tracks when installing them.

Accessing the support beams though is certainly ideal, as this will give you the securest setup where you wouldn't need to worry at all about the tracks or the strength of your new shelf. As you mentioned you would just need to use two different types of screws - wood screws for the plywood and machine screws for the support beams.

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