Which locations did you get? I believe there are multiple places you can order lashings for.Yes, the lashing rails are logistics track, glued and riveted to the van.
Many people install their own, which gives more freedom of location, but also means you have to figure out load ratings on your own.
The BEG says that self-installed L track will be much less strong than factory-installed, and for my skill level, that is true. YMMV.
The BEG also has detailed advice for gluing L track, which is good reading.
I am happy that I got the factory L track. There are probably others who are happier going DIY. It all comes down to your needs and abilities.
Clean install. Good looking sleds too. Thanks for the picture!if you are looking for legitimate high loads, get the factory ones. If its for recreational use, the L track is fine. for low loads it can just be screwed in place. For medium loads, it can easily be bolted in place. I found that longer pieces of L track were hard to come by at reasonable prices. 4' and under is on Amazon for cheap. at the 6' level the best deal I found was to buy it from RB components. I think I got two 6' sections from RB for $75. I've run it on my rear passenger quarter and twice across my ceiling to hang surfboards from the ceiling. i have only used screws to hold it in place and i'm feeling fine about the strenght factor. I don't plan on holding anything heavy. perhaps a bicycle to the side wall and 2-4 surfboards on the ceiling. Seems fine with just screws for lighter loads. Big stuff would call for bolting it in.
I wonder if I can order top, side and floor lashings and than mount everything using those rails like a north south bed frame, sink cabinetry, overhead storage etc..The floor mounted L Track from MB lines up with the chassis rails so it is bolted down (recessed into the OEM Floor material) and strong. 2017 model anyhow.
I wanted to have the option of securing self build cabinetry, fridge etc to the floor as well as the walls.
Maybe buy L Track aftermarket for the walls when you work out what and where you intend securing, if you can't visualise it now?
Aftermarket L Track was the same profile as original MB, you just get to choose surface or recess mount to suit your application.
Which locations did you get? I believe there are multiple places you can order lashings for.
I looked at a 2019 cargo at a MB dealer. It had factory-installed lower and upper L track. These were my impressions:
1) upper and lower wall track were different style (different extrusions).
2) track were attached to wall with drilling/self-tapping sheet metal screws.
3) no adhesive tape or glue between track and wall.
4) Charleston production
Are the top level lashings centered on the ceiling or at the top of the side panels?I got all three levels: floor, waist, and head-height.
So far, all of my build is attached to L track. I plan to use rivnuts for mounting 1/8” baltic birch plywood as the ceiling, but didn’t end up with any for structural purposes.
The floor track is perfectly flush with the wood floor and has very high load ratings. It was key to my design.
And if, like me, you discover that what looked good in a drawing doesn’t always look good inside the van, moving an L track mounted cabinet takes only a few minutes (loosen bolts, slide entire cabinet, tighten bolts).
Other people have had success with DIY L track and also with rivnuts. Factory L track is a good option, but not the only good option.