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Rezarf
04-26-2010, 10:29 PM
I am always looking for any way to add storage to my 40. During the summer I like to have everything out of plain sight but still accessable. I have never had a problem with theft, nor do I wish to start.

I had an idea today as I was looking through a Midway USA catalog at carbine storage cases. What if I bolted one of these to my summer tailgate and used it as a soft storage spot for things like, jumper cables, first aid, tow strap a shackle or two, a tool wrap etc...

What do you think? If I punch a few holes, add a few grommets, and perhaps add a stiffening sheet of some sort to spread the load, I think it'd work... pretty well actually.

What do you think? I am afraid of attracting attention just because it looks tacti-cool and "there could be a firearm in there!" I don't want people snooping around because they think there is something more valuable to steal.

What do you think, I can land one for around 50-60 bucks, and I think it'd really fit the "summer-time tailgate" season well. Especially since you could add other pouches as needed for different things, like a nalgene bottle, or radio's... the possibilities seem endless.

Uncle Ben
04-27-2010, 05:58 AM
Great plan! Make yourself a tonneau cover! What isn't seen is usually safe!

Rezarf
04-27-2010, 10:01 AM
Great plan! Make yourself a tonneau cover! What isn't seen is usually safe!

Thats true UB. Thanks!

I am trying to gauge if the fabric and craftsmanship can handle UV and constant bouncing off road... otherwise I am going for it. I am going to swing into Boulder Gun Sport tomorrow and see if they have a few I can kick the tires on.

Drew

SteveH
04-27-2010, 11:37 AM
There is/was a company in Denver that made cases for AR-type rifles. They were widely sold at local gun shows for reasonable money - less than $60 for sure. I think it's a pretty decently shaped/configured case and a great idea. I'd also pick black over camo, as camo sends a message if spotted. I would try to attach it such that when the gate is shut, the bag/case is resting on the floor of the truck so that the constant bouncing doesn't tear it from the gate.

RedCreeper
04-27-2010, 11:43 AM
It may be a bit more pricey but MPAC makes a product just for this spot on the Jeeps and dont see why it wont fit other aps. you can mix and match your bag choices and put a lot of stuff there. I believe it is www.springtailsolutions.com. i have one in the back of the FJC that holds the little stuff like the first aid kit. just a thought. Not much fab work needed then.

bigbluefj
04-27-2010, 06:10 PM
I have my old storage box from my truck sitting here doing nothing that would fit in you truck also might have to change the colour of the tail gate though...

Rezarf
04-27-2010, 08:34 PM
Thanks Kevin, but the shipping would kill me. Wouldn't it?

I also like that this could be still in use and accesssed from the top... even with a rear seat installed.

bigbluefj
04-27-2010, 09:58 PM
Thanks Kevin, but the shipping would kill me. Wouldn't it?

I also like that this could be still in use and accesssed from the top... even with a rear seat installed.

well shipping would suck for sure, and there would be no back seat..

MDH33
04-28-2010, 07:07 AM
A little more money and you could score one of those Hardigg surplus military cases and just bolt it to the tailgate like you're thinking. Water proof and you can even put a lock on it. I'm planning to pick up some of the squarer cases and use them in my 40 for camping gear.

Rezarf
04-28-2010, 09:24 AM
Martin, where are you sourcing those? I like that I can open the soft cases from the top and store stuff down inside them. My tailgate is fixed and doesn't fold down, otherwise that'd be a sweet setup.

What do they typically run $$$?

MDH33
04-28-2010, 09:33 AM
Martin, where are you sourcing those? I like that I can open the soft cases from the top and store stuff down inside them. My tailgate is fixed and doesn't fold down, otherwise that'd be a sweet setup.

What do they typically run $$$?

I've seen a few people on Ebay that had these surplus cases in all sorts of sizes. They seem to run anywhere from $25-$200 depending on the size/condition. Shipping can be harsh on the bigger ones, but not too bad on smaller sizes, which would work better in a rig or on a rack. Do an Ebay search for Hardigg.

I didn't know your tailgate didn't drop. I think those soft bags you posted would work great for that. :thumb:

Currently in my 40, I'm using rubbermaid bins and a canvas tarp over everything with a bungee web holding everything down and keeping the dust out. Works great (except no rear seats possible). You can sort of see it in this pic, heavily loaded down with gear on our Wyoming excursion last year:

http://mdhuber.smugmug.com/photos/692127355_f2FPt-L.jpg

Rezarf
04-28-2010, 01:22 PM
I dig it Martin-

I am trying to add storage where it will still be able to be used once I put the kiddo seat in the back. I like the gun bags as they have some removable pouches on the front side that could be taken out overnight if I choose to keep more valueable things in them.

I will search for those boxes, I appreciate the tip.

Drew

Rezarf
11-09-2011, 08:40 AM
Update, I scored a cheap Pelican 1700 off ebay. I am going to make a drop down tailgate this winter and bolt the 1700 to the tailgate in an inverted position. That way I can drop the tailgate all the way down and then open the case 90* and have it create a "shelf" verses just dumping everything everywhere.

I picked up a set of windshield hinges and the spacing of the hinge from the mounting surface will allow me to clear the rear tire carrier/bumper and drop the gate straight down, eliminating the need for cables/chains to hold up the tailgate and allowing me to get closer to the tub.

We'll see if my theory works.

Here's what I scored... it fits JUST perfectly in the rear door opening! :thumb:

http://i.ebayimg.com/t/PELICAN-1700-HARD-CASE-/00/s/OTYwWDEyODA=/$(KGrHqIOKjgE6O+gKl4EBOsLFE4Q3!~~60_12.JPG

Rezarf
11-23-2011, 07:43 PM
Here is a mock up of what I am thinking...

Perfect fit between the fender wells...
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr3/drew_frazer/Maude/IMG_4289.jpg

Here is a mock up of it in front how it could mount to the tailgate...
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr3/drew_frazer/Maude/IMG_4290.jpg

Or I could go super simple and make a "shelf" over the fender wells and tuck two of these underneath creating a flat platform to bolt some more stuff to it. If I can score another used Pelican 1700 for a good price again, I could have psuedo drawers for under $200 bucks and have them be 100% waterproof which I like...
http://i464.photobucket.com/albums/rr3/drew_frazer/Maude/IMG_4291.jpg

I am thinking of making a platform like the one below, or just bolt several of these tracks to the tub of the floor. I love the flexibility of the moveable tie down anchors.
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h14/ryanmb21/Platform/2011-04-10-28.jpg