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I need to sort out the junk bouncing about in the back of the 109, but the pukka solutions like load-bed drawers and cubby boxes are waaaay too spendy and not exactly what I want/need.

My criteria are roughly half way between expedition truck and challenge motor, plus I need a bit of flexibility to get people, gear, or bedding in the back so it can't be anything too massive or complex. Since I have windows, and quite like being able to see out of them, boarding out is not an option. As you may also gather, being able to make it myself, preferably from low-cost or "recycled" parts is a major criteria since I have no pennies left :(

So - what have YOU done, how have you secured your gear or made use of space in the back of your truck? Show me your piccies / tell me your stories :P It doesn't have to be LR, one of the better installs I've seen is Andy's Bighorn :blink:

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I need to sort out the junk bouncing about in the back of the 109, but the pukka solutions like load-bed drawers and cubby boxes are waaaay too spendy and not exactly what I want/need.

My criteria are roughly half way between expedition truck and challenge motor, plus I need a bit of flexibility to get people, gear, or bedding in the back so it can't be anything too massive or complex. Since I have windows, and quite like being able to see out of them, boarding out is not an option. As you may also gather, being able to make it myself, preferably from low-cost or "recycled" parts is a major criteria since I have no pennies left :(

So - what have YOU done, how have you secured your gear or made use of space in the back of your truck? Show me your piccies / tell me your stories :P It doesn't have to be LR, one of the better installs I've seen is Andy's Bighorn :blink:

Amo boxes all the way, I have a cubby boxed sized one as a cubby box, One smaller one for the co drivers equipment (handbag size :blink: ) and 4 biggys which store beautifully in the back on a rack that I made myself. They are cheap, strong, light and look really stylish I think (with a series landy anyway...)

Of course you could go down the road of having a false floor, but that wasnt the question I believe.

daan

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It doesn't have to be LR, one of the better installs I've seen is Andy's Bighorn :blink:

Thanks - I'll pay you later.

Mine cost £40 for the fittings, and I sold the 7-seat conversion for £50, and as I had the ali-sheet, Engel and hot hand-wash - hardly an expensive project.

Works brilliantly. I've slept in it a few times too, and that works fine. Still got enough boot space for a weeks groceries

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I wouldn't change anything if I was doing it again.

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'Really useful' boxes are good, secure fitting lids and very strong.

I bought a couple of wolf boxes recently and wasn't totally impressed with them, they are nicely made but have holes in them!!!

Ammo boxes are good but unless you find ally ones they can be heavy if you have a lot of them.......

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Jez made a really nice box frame kinda "pull the whole thing out if you want more space" thing for our old 2 door RR. First we boxed in the wheel arches so it looked like a land rover inside. Then we made a frame with thin plywood on top. The plywood opened from the top like a lying down cupboard and on the end there was a pull out draw from an office storage desk.

This whole assembly slid out if we needed more space or when we had people sitting on the sides. When in with a carpet on the top it created the best full size double bed in a back of a rangie :i-m_so_happy:

Actually - I think we still got it!!

hmm , need to find a another 2 door , me likes :rolleyes:

not good I seem to have a Range Rover fetish :moglite:

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Zarges = Mucho Grande spendy drooly ally storage boxes hand fabricated by elfs in the black forest of Germany. As used by Camel Trophy, Military, Movie crews and other mega budget (beardy west country) explorers. See here They also make ladders!

Check out Solent Plastics, especially the Special Offers pages

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I have three (and a Pelicase), two large and one suitcase size (brew box). One of the large ones aquired a bullet hole (well two actually - entry and exit) last time I was in remote climes; to this day I have no idea how... There are many copies of the Zarges box but nothing comes close to the original

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Do any of these cases allow a landrover to be driven over it? that would be really handy to cross big potholes and the like. I know samsonite suitcases can do it, just that they are not quite what this thread is about.

Daan

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Hi John ,

hope you are well and enjoying your 109

I use one of the large Zarges cases held in with 2 turn buckles onto floor mounted eyes..if you can find one to suit your needs i would highly recommend it . they are super light and sealed with the lid clasped = no dust / less condensation.

Got mine at a local army surplus yard £40 , its about 30"L x20"H x24"W.

Also a couple of ammo boxes for shackles/pulleys ,they live inside the Zarges.

Cheers

Steveb

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I have been using the really useful boxes in the disco too:

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They are pretty strong and have lids that seal well, and are square inside, rather than the strange shape that some plastic boxes seem to be...

Holding stuff down is done using cargo strip:

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Mine came out of a scrap bin at a van fitters and I was given the fittings, but I guess all the bits are available commercially...

Cheers

Mark

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Thanks for all the box-tech, I'm afraid if you're going off about Zarges/PeliCases then the "budget" part of the question is definitely off - I know they're great but I already have a selection of crates and boxes collected from various sources - the ones that Tony posted up are very good and keep the majority of dirt & moisture out. I have been looking at Solent Plastics, they have some great stuff too but it's all money.

TBH I'm more after ideas for built-in things to use up the space above the wheel boxes in the back. As a starting point, a several-drawer tool chest sat on the side would be almost ideal to contain my spanners etc. but the decent ones are spendy and don't use all the space that's there.

As I said, it needs to be flexible - no doubt lots of stuff will get stacked in in boxes/crates as demand dictates but I'm looking for a way to contain all the stuff that lives pretty much permanently in the back - jack, tools, recovery gear, container of water, etc. extra large WD40

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TBH I'm more after ideas for built-in things to use up the space above the wheel boxes in the back. As a starting point, a several-drawer tool chest sat on the side would be almost ideal to contain my spanners etc. but the decent ones are spendy and don't use all the space that's there.

I've built a storagebox on top of each wheelboxes out of plywood, with a removabel piece of plywood between the tops. Nothing fanzy. Just something I made 2 hours before a trip to Poland, but it works very well. Food in the right side, tools and straps in the left, tent and sleeping bag on top of the removabel plate and heavy and dirty gear below.

I can take a picture tomorrow if you like.

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