Rear storage problems in a TUB UTE.

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 03, 2005 at 21:11
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G'day,

have been researching for a solution for the back of the Rodeo. Problem is that with a big slippery, plastic area, things bounce around a lot when it's not squeezed as full as Anna Nicole Smith's bra.

I need at least a false floor type of solution that will let me mount a fridge slide or put some dividers on or whatever to keep things from flying around. Would be interested in putting shovels, axes, recovery gear etc underneath and then crates etc on top.

Want to do it myself so I can make it simple, removable and not overly expensive. To be honest, I'll never pay the amount of money they want for commercial ones PLUS they seem like they waste a fair bit of space.

What do other Rodeo, Hilux, Navara, Courier, Triton, Bravo (hope I didn't leave anyone out there) drivers do?

Thanks in advance,

Smocky.

P.S. Bottle of scotch for the best correct entry :-)
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Reply By: wbsl - Thursday, Mar 03, 2005 at 21:42

Thursday, Mar 03, 2005 at 21:42
HI Smocky

Had dad's engineering and fitting shop build a false floor for the back of my Courier Duel Cab. It worked well allow all camping gear under the floor, fridge slide on top as well as hold down points for strappng plastic tubs.

Made out of plywood and pine, took a few minutes to get in and out by myself, quicker with some assistance. Can send some photos if you are interested.

Regards Wayne
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Thursday, Mar 03, 2005 at 21:57

Thursday, Mar 03, 2005 at 21:57
Hi Wayne, more than interested mate thanks very much. That sounds exactly like what I'm after. Could you please e-mail to jason at hotline dot net dot au.

Thanks again.
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Follow Up By: Michael Carey - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 13:09

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 13:09
Wayne,
Sorry to hi-jack the forum thread, but I was wondering if you could send some pics of your false floor to me too?? I'm looking at doing something like this for my Hilux dual cab. Sounds like a good idea....
Regards,
Michael.
michaelcarey at ozemail dot com dot au.
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 14:13

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 14:13
Jump in Michael, the more the merrier. If you get any good ideas send the back and I'll forward you what I come up with.
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Follow Up By: pauls - Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 13:20

Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 13:20
Hi

Could you please email the pictures to me please at paulstac@austarnet.com.au

Thanks

Paul
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Follow Up By: wbsl - Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 21:35

Monday, Mar 07, 2005 at 21:35
Sorry being a bit slow to send photos, I have been away, but sent some tonight. The ones in my ute are not very good but have sold the ute and made a new floor of rmy jackaroo, have included as the concept is the same

regards Wayne
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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 03, 2005 at 21:53

Thursday, Mar 03, 2005 at 21:53
I have made all kinds of storage stuff in a number of 4bioes ouyt of 16mm MDF board. Use steel angles and wood screws and the systems have lasted quite well. Have normally made storage areas for around $100 sometimes cheaper if I had some scrap lying around.
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Reply By: Patrolman Pat - Thursday, Mar 03, 2005 at 22:00

Thursday, Mar 03, 2005 at 22:00
I made up a staorage system in my Navara out of 16mm MDF, liquid nails and wood screws. It copped heaps of abuse in the 12 months i had it and was still going strong when I pulled it out to trade in. Cost about $60 and took a couple of hours. I bought 8 heavy duty tubs 4 for work gear, 4 for camping recovery stuff, made the false floor to fit the tubs and just swapped them over as needed. Covered it all with a sheet of rubber (about $15) and it looked pretty spick IMO. Mine wasn't eay to remove as it was one piec when put together but in hindsight I'd make the next one in two halves for more flexibility and easier to remove.
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Follow Up By: Member - Toonfish - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 12:39

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 12:39
you still got it pat?

if so you got picks mate?

toonfisha1 at hotmail dot net dot au

cheers
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Follow Up By: Patrolman Pat - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 18:10

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 18:10
Sorry Toonie, had to wreck it to get it out in the end. I can give you a etter desription at MS next weekend.
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 13:16

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 13:16
make a basic frame and flat marine ply top with some marine carpet glued on and nice recessed fold flat tie downs , make some simple box _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx with laminate or melamine bottom and some slide bolts to lock them in. The laminate will slide a treat on the tub liner. leaves you with 2 little side areas as well. $100 bucks all up easy.
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 14:21

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 14:21
G'day Bradley,

So you're suggesting basically a big upside down box that won't go to the edges of the tub but basically will sit between the wheel arches? In this case, I might make 2 equal sized ones for ease of loading in and out.

Instead of _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx, I think I'll just use plastic crates and I agree, they'll slide nicely on the tub liner which is EXACTLY my current problem. Without some sort of framework, they slide all over the bleeping place.

The big thing is that when I have a wooden floor, I will be happy to screw, hammer, nail, bolt and drill things in place.

Thanks for your help.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 14:38

Friday, Mar 04, 2005 at 14:38
sort of, some support at the front,edges and rear, flat top cut to the exact size of the tub, across the top of the wheel arches, and 2 long _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx down the guts. Drop the tailgate slide out _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx and rest on tailgate and also acess area on eack side. each side hole would be grouse for straps, chains in bags, comp in bag etc.

Plastic crates would be a bugger to reach when up front ( thats how i had my work RA and it was a pain) and this will give you a wicked flat area to pack on. Sort of like a good set of _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx / false floor in the back of a wagon.
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Reply By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 13:00

Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 13:00
smocky.. my cousin has a 99 well back Rodeo.. i'll get some pics this safternoon.. and email them to you on monday.. he has done an awesome job on it too IMO.
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 13:02

Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 13:02
Mozza, that would be great. I'm sitting down with a pen and paper at the moment.

Cheers,

Jason.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 13:04

Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 13:04
just about to leave work and go up to Mt Sugarloaf.. to find some MUD!.. had a bit of rain up here the last couepl of days after that magnificent storm! taking pics up there.. and i'll download & email 2 u on monday..
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Follow Up By: Member - Smocky (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 13:06

Saturday, Mar 05, 2005 at 13:06
I'm envious. Have a good time and again thanks for taking the photos for me. All ideas appreciated.
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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 00:07

Tuesday, Mar 08, 2005 at 00:07
All home made

I like to think it doesn't get any better. You can download the plans on the site.

Most other people who've seen it agree. And no I don't want to patent the fridge tilting idea. I know I should but I can't be bothered.

Hope this is of some help. FYI The _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx ran to about $400 with all the trimmings. The internal bar work with shovel mount and hi lift mount, the roof racks and basket were $500 all up including powder coating.

The only thing I didn't make was the TJM canopy!

Dave
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