Mac’s Tie-Down Solutions

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Mac’s manufactures a fantastic range of tie-down solutions with infinite possibilities. The company was established in 1993 when its founder Colin McLemore recognised a need for tie-down systems for trailers and truck beds. The company eventually released their patented VersaTie Tracks and Connectors, a system that has since “become the standard of the industry.”

Mac’s now has a “complete line of track, connectors, deck and speciality hardware and a complete line of tie-down straps,” and while cargo control for trailers/truck beds remains a priority, the company has increasingly targeted the overlanding and 4WD community. In fact, they now have a Van Conversion category and an informative video that demonstrates some of the ways their tie-down systems can be utilized for overlanding.

The tracks can be side-mounted to a vehicle and used as anchor points to carry accessories, such as a Hi-Lift jack, shovel, sand ladders, etc. They’re also a lightweight alternative to roof racks and can be attached to the rear doors/tailgate, creating fixing points for a bicycle rack, spare wheel carrier, or utilized as awning brackets—the possibilities are endless. Living out of a vehicle means you’re forever looking to fine-tune storage opportunities, and the ability to relocate more gear externally enhances internal living space.

Mac’s Tie Downs are not limited to exterior use; thanks to a diversity of track options, load ratings, and fitting kits, they’re also an excellent option for camper builds. The company’s tracks can be safely attached to walls, the floor, or ceiling to create anchor points for a modular interior. Consequently, you can quickly alter your camping setup should you need more space or desire a new arrangement entirely. Finally, they’re perfect for hanging storage (especially when combined with Mac’s VersaTie Hook), integrating interchangeable shelving, or mounting expensive auxiliary monitors for digital nomads.

It took less than a minute to recognise that Mac’s VersaTie system would make a fantastic addition to almost any overland vehicle; I’ve already dreamt up numerous ways for it to benefit my van. If you’re building an overland rig, or want to improve your existing setup, definitely check out their website.

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No money in the bank, but gas in the tank. Our resident Bikepacking Editor Jack Mac is an exploration photographer and writer living full-time in his 1986 Vanagon Syncro but spends most days at the garage pondering why he didn’t buy a Land Cruiser Troopy. If he’s not watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he can be found mountaineering for Berghaus, sea kayaking for Prijon, or bikepacking for Surly Bikes. Jack most recently spent two years on various assignments in the Arctic Circle but is now back in the UK preparing for his upcoming expeditions—looking at Land Cruisers. Find him on his website, Instagram, or on Facebook under Bicycle Touring Apocalypse.