cheap plastic containers on the roof basket

Submitted: Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 16:42
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Does anyone put the supermarket type plastic tubs on their roof racks. They are great for taking stuff away but Im not sure if they are strong enough for up top. Ive put them on and gone for a spin around the block, its just dirt corrugated roads Im not sure about. Loaded up each box weighs about 5kg.
Dean
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Reply By: flappan - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 16:45

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 16:45
I dont think so.

You would need to tie them down pretty tight , to stop them moving , and that will kill em.

Those big black ones (about 100l) from Supercheap look a better alternative for this.
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 17:19

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 17:19
I use tubs, but I stack them in the back of the wagon hard up against my storage box. The roof rack has a bushranger Rack Sack on it and that holds just about anything from chairs, tables, bug catchers, bed clothes etc etc.
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Follow Up By: Dean - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 12:45

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 12:45
Gday Jeff,

Ive only just bought this and am still trying to work out the best way to utilise the extra space. Ive thought about getting a sack as well and putting in similar things to you and keep the tubs inside the car.
How do you keep the stuff in the sack without it moving, particularly chairs, tables and gear. They all seem to have tie down straps, but it doesnt look enough. Im presuming a tie down strap over the lot might help as well.
Thanks
Dean
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 13:10

Wednesday, Jan 12, 2005 at 13:10
Yeah I did have that as a concern, when we go away the poor things so packed up NOTHING can move!! LOL

But when I do day trip and only have a for bits o crap up there I have worried about it moving.
What I ended up doing was tying the straps on one side in a knot and just using some black rubber oky style strabs from supercheap to tie it down.
That way it doesn't matter how much or how little I have in there I can just change the point where I attaced the oky to the basket to keep tight. It also makes it easy to get stuff in and out of the bag as I just unclup the oky.

When the bag is empty (say we are staying a week or so in a town and have everything unpacked) I just clip to normal oky strap from front to back and side to side to stop the bag inflated in wind or flapping while driving around unloaded.

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Reply By: Member - Ivan (ACT) - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 18:25

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 18:25
I've got one of the big black fella's you get from Supercheap/Bunnings for a shade under $30

Been across the Simpson and back - Vic High Country etc - no probs at all..

And if you recycle your water for a shower (rather than run it direct), you've got a 102lt bucket! (and a great bath too if you have little littlies ;-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Ivan (ACT) - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 18:26

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 18:26
forgot to say - ratchet strap going up through handles and over top of container - may slide around a tiny bit (mine is jammed in between rack sack and back of rack - but it won't go anywhere
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Reply By: GazzaS (VIC) - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 18:47

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 18:47
Hi there

On our xmas trip I had two boxes on the roof. They are probably 1/2 way between the supermarket type and the Bunnings ones in terms of strength. I layered our folding chairs over the top of them and then ratchet strapped over these. spread the tie down load quite nicely and never moved an inch. the chairs are also longer than the boxes so no danger of air getting under the lids and lifting whilst on the road.

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Reply By: ianmc - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 19:36

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 19:36
Lotsa these crates are thin & some I had built into a chipboard frame have suffered badly from UV radiation & they snap bits off every time I try to slide them open so be careful with strength & UV resistance.
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Follow Up By: Member - Ivan (ACT) - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 20:17

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 20:17
This might be along the lines of cable ties... white ones degrade with prolonged UV - black, hardly (if) at all..

I have some clear poly boxes and they are pretty crappy - the black ones are great (even if you can't see what's inside them ;-)
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 20:08

Monday, Jan 10, 2005 at 20:08
I use one as rubbish box on the roof. It's light and strong. Works well.
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Reply By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 06:23

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 06:23
The cheap ones fall apart.
We use the black plastic ones made by nally used the same set for about 10 years and they get a lot of use.

All the best
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Reply By: Alan S (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 11:06

Tuesday, Jan 11, 2005 at 11:06
Dean

I use a set in the back of the car to store things, they are seperated by a shelf so i can access them easily. The last trip i used some on the roof inside a Michelle sac I took off the wheels and just used them to hold small loose light items.

They worked no trouble,
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