Storage Systems

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 09, 2003 at 16:30
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HI All, I'm interested in having a storage System installed in my 80 series wagon. I have seen a system that you can fit slide in containers and have a fridge fitted on a slide, I'm unsure if this was a home made system or from a manufacturer. Would appreciate any help or advice on this matter.

Thanks, Tony
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Reply By: Peter S - Thursday, Jan 09, 2003 at 16:37

Thursday, Jan 09, 2003 at 16:37
You probably saw a brought one.
Though a mate has just made one up out of alloy channel with plastic corners.
You should be able to get this product from any good metal shop.
It would be alot cheaper than a brought one and you can setup what you want
Look at this site to get an idea
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Thursday, Jan 09, 2003 at 19:18

Thursday, Jan 09, 2003 at 19:18
Wow, those Chuckwagon ones must include gold plating and dancing girls to a live band.

I made a setup of my own just vehicle by buying the plastic draws from BigW on special at $15.00 each. This consists of a draw and a draw frame. They are made by Decor from memory. So far they proved excellent. I made the frame out of 30 x 30 x 2.5 mm Galvabond cold rolled angle and plywood. I would estimate the whole lot I made would have cost at most $300 being genourous.
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Reply By: jnk - Thursday, Jan 09, 2003 at 17:06

Thursday, Jan 09, 2003 at 17:06
Tony - The Chuckwagon seems to be very expensive for a pile of plastic boxes. I'm planning to build my own using a few designs I've seen as a framework. The best online help I've found is David Hay's Patrol site -
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Follow Up By: Malco - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 08:41

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 08:41
fantaxtic....thanks heaps for this info....i have been contemplating a chuckwagon style setup in the back of my GQ and this looks the best do it your self system ive seen so far...its looks very welding/ painting/powdercoating etc...

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Follow Up By: Tony - Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 15:41

Monday, Jan 13, 2003 at 15:41
To Jnk, thanks for replying I"m unable to open the site you recommended would you please check the site info, as I'd like to have a look at David Hay's Patrol Site.

Thanks, Tony
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Reply By: Truckster - Thursday, Jan 09, 2003 at 20:23

Thursday, Jan 09, 2003 at 20:23
The best bet is to go to your local Toyota club and have a look at what people are using.

Then go home and make it for 1/4 the cost of buying it...

The cheap Red Desert ones are all sold out at $330 new, one bloke bought 130 of them! He will clean up over time...
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Reply By: viking - Thursday, Jan 09, 2003 at 21:15

Thursday, Jan 09, 2003 at 21:15
I bought one of those Red Desert systems (cost me $410 though, with freight) and found that it was slightly too long for my vehicle. Might have to keep it for when I win Lotto (and can then afford a 100 series!). I was on the phone to Red Desert and got the measuremets from my wife, turned out she measured from the top of the rear seats , not the base.

I heard from Red Desert that some buyers were getting large numbers of sets, but 130 sounds ridiculous.
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 15:17

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 15:17
You want to sell it?
I have a mate that will buy it cash.

As for buying 130 dumb, think, leak them to the market for $1000-1200each, and theres a tidy profit there!

Or Re-label them his own brand and clean up charge what he likes!
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Follow Up By: Viking - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 21:54

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 21:54
I might be interested in selling, but freight is a big issue- I live in Weipa, and freight rates are very high.
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Follow Up By: Member - Robert - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 23:08

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 23:08
Hey Viking, why don't you just modify it to fit? I've just about finished fitting mine into my 6 seater Troopie. Getting a mate to fabricate one new drawer, and the rest is dead easy. Shortening them to fit your vehicle would be even easier.
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Follow Up By: Allyn - Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 23:17

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 23:17
I heard there was only 130 in total.
Makes you wonder when this lot went so fast, how many they'd sell if retailing them for just a little bit cheaper.
I'll gladly take the one you have off your hands too. What are you trying to fit them to out of interest?
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Follow Up By: Stevea - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 00:30

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 00:30
Viking, I fitted the $330 to my 80 series the only thing you have to do is to drill the 2 holes in the back where your hold down mounts are then once you've put the frame in put then cut approx. 25 mm off the corner of the carpeted top cover near the rear door trimming it back to 0 mm at about 250 mm towards the rear speaker. Same for both sides, simple really.
Try and see!!!!
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Follow Up By: Viking - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 21:05

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 21:05
Actually, I have a Tata Safari. The main problem is that the drawers are too long, and it would be a big job to shorten them, even by a small amount. It's 990mm from the bottom of the back of the rear seats, and the drawers are 1000mm. Bummer. Actually I'd need a bit more length due to the slope of the rear seats. My wife suplied me with a figure of 1075mm so I though I was OK when I ordered. I'm bugered if I know where she measured from. My fault though, should have checked for myself before ordering.

As mentioned earlier, I'd bre hapy to sell them to anyone who really wanted them, but then freight is REALLY expensive from here.
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Follow Up By: Member - Robert - Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 23:13

Saturday, Jan 11, 2003 at 23:13
With a few power tools & a welder, the job could easily be done over a weekend. Go on...give it a go...or get a mate to do it for a few slabs. As I said, mine needed extensive mods done to fit the troopy, but it's all come up trumps!
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Reply By: Member - Peter- Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 12:43

Friday, Jan 10, 2003 at 12:43
Hi I built my own drawer system for my 4 runner from 2 sheets of 12 mm ply , I made the drawers as a streight box style without the use of drawer runners so that they can be completely removed at the drop of a hat this has worked great as I can take them out when Iam just around town and dont want the extra weight.Iuse dry house soap on the bottom and sides to aid in sliding with no problems , I brought some car capet and covered the top of the cabinet and drawer fronts ,it looks just like the real thing and only cost me $97.00 all up ,I have had a lot of our 4 x 4 club members copy it and so far no problems.
I have heard of a few people who have had ploblems with small stone getting stuck in metal runners and they have had to pull there units to bits just to get the drawers open hope this helps.Peter
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