Storage system built and tested.

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 14:12
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I actually finished the unit 6 weeks ago but we have been to cape Melville via Chillagoe and Palmer River Goldfields for 4 weeks, so it was well and truly tried and tested as we returned via Battle Camp.
I was originally going to build it out of steel tubing but held off, not wanting it to be too heavy.
While I was still thinking about it Melissa posted their system on this site, (post 21628) the basic outlay was the same as my idea but it was the alloy qubelok system that they used that gave me my weight saving solution. So another big thanks to Melissa as I stole a few other of your ideas as well.
I also changed a few things like using alloy checker plate instead of ply, only a few dollars more but is thinner (extra packing space) and also lighter but just as strong, I also used 80-100kg hettich rollers on the bottom 2 draws. The top one alloy checker sliding on alloy angle with a thin smear of grease as it only carries light stuff anyway.
As you can see by the photo the bottom draw has the base plate on top of the frame, as this is the draw that carries the cans and other heavier items, what you can’t see is the cross brace in the middle for extra strength, the second and third draw I put the base under the frame so as to gain an extra 25mm in depth, and keep lighter stuff in these ie. cooking utensils, plates, cups etc.
The fridge is an engel 40lt with a black widow slide bolted straight to the frame.
The water tank is constructed out of food grade stainless steel and holds 55ltrs and gravity feeds through ¼ inch hose to the ball valve tap at the rear, have no problem getting all water to flow out quite strongly except for the last ½ lt or so, problem solved by blowing into the filler pipe, and this slight pressure gets the remainder out in about 5sec. also have a thin plastic tube on drivers side for a level, re photo.
The side compartment front and top covers lift off easily via simple door clips (thanks again Melissa!) for easy access to tool roll, spares and recovery gear.
The fold down table is construction ply with stainless glued to the top, carpet underneath and an alloy backing.
The whole deal without the water tank came in at under $500.00, and approximately 4 weekends, including 2 long weekends and also after work during the week in labour, the tank wasn’t cheap as the food grade stainless was $300 a sheet, a mate who owns a specialist welding firm made it for me at “mates rates” and I got away with $550 total. I wouldn’t like to guess at the normal price as there are quite a few hrs involved.
I have only loaded a few photos into the rig pic as I don’t have a web site and hope this helps a few people in giving some different ideas into building their own. I can email more photos if interested.
If anybody has any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask, and I will explain as best as I can.
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 17:05

Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 17:05
That's a very handsome unit Pezza.
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Reply By: G-wizz - Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 17:08

Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 17:08
Very impressive.
I'm interested in more details about the frame. Did you assemble it yourself, how much material, where did you source it etc?
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Follow Up By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 19:37

Saturday, Jun 25, 2005 at 19:37
Thanks Jimbo.
G'day G-wizz,

Yes I did assemble myself, actually very easy.
It's called the 'Qubelok' system, I got it from Ulrich alluminium at acacia ridge, I think capral have a similar system. Basically it's 25mm square alloy tubing joined with plastic joiners. I know it doesn't sound much but it is exceptionally strong for it's lightweight. the alloy lengths are $13.00 per 6m length, and the joiners come in various configurations, t-pce, cross pce, 3-way etc.and are about $1.12 per piece. Cut to length, join them as you wish and get a welder to tig weld on the mounting plates, too easy.
I bought 6 lengths for frame and draws and had some left over.
Hope this helps.

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Reply By: Member - Browny (VIC) - Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 18:33

Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 18:33
Well Done Pezza,

It's a Pessa!

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Reply By: Off Road Dave - Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 18:38

Sunday, Jun 26, 2005 at 18:38
Very impressive, just what i need.
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Reply By: jabiru - Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 06:53

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2005 at 06:53
Very impressive Pezza.

Just a few questions regarding your water tank.

What material is it made of?
Grade of stainless?
Did you put in baffles to prevent sloshing?
If yes, how many and what shape and position?
If you could do it again, would you make any improvements to the tank design?

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Follow Up By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 14:30

Thursday, Jun 30, 2005 at 14:30
G'day jabiru,

The whole thing is made out of 316 grade ( food grade ) stainless steel of 1.6mm thickness, there is a baffle, one only, right in the middle, a single plate running front to back wall and top to bottom, with the corners cut out. If I was to build another one I wouldn't change a thing.
If you're thinking of making one the bloke who made mine was Craig from CSF Specialist Welders at slacks ck in brizzy, or if you live elsewhere and are looking at a similar set up I can email the measurements.

Hope this answers all your queries.


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