False floor / storage area

Submitted: Monday, May 19, 2008 at 10:16
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I have now decided to put in storage unit into my Hilux SR5 2006.
I plan on having 2 _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx with my fridge slide sitting on top.
Does anyone have plans they would like to share with me?
Or even ideas of what materials to use.It has to be strong enough to get around the outback. I work on the "kiss" theory as I am not much of a handy man.
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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Monday, May 19, 2008 at 10:48

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 10:48
Try the plans on my website Link here

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Reply By: bushy04 - Monday, May 19, 2008 at 19:15

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 19:15
Wato 35 I made my own system out of 1x1inch angle for the frame,
Had the _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx made from 1mm sheet then folded and welded.
The runners are made out of yellow tongue out of chipboard flooring, this is held in place with silastic then the moving parts are lube with dry lube.
Works like a charm, have had this system in the ute for 14 months now and it works great.
will try to send some photos.
Bushy.. can't do it . rats.
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Reply By: Member - Robin M (VIC) - Monday, May 19, 2008 at 22:46

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 22:46
Hello Wato35,
I made a set of removeable _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx for my Hilux SR5 (with ARB canopy) out of wood for lightness, ease of construction and low cost. I also wanted the fridge to be mounted low so that my wife could access it without the need to climb on a box. The _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx are high enough to store tent poles, spade, axe, recovery gear, etc. The project cost me about $450 which included the cost of the fridge slide.

The set up consists of two narrow (about 450mm) platforms running longitudinally within the tub. Each platform has two 90 x 45 pine framing rails capped with 7-ply and auto carpet. The rails have auto carpet on their underside to protect the paintwork where they slot into the flutes of the tub. Each platform has removeable capping on the front end, enough to allow two jerry cans to sit side by side on rubber-covered bases on the tub floor. The top of one platform has side rails to help keep storage containers in place; I use two roller boxes on the RHS platform to store food and water etc.

Each platform connects via protruding 50mm X 9.5 mm steel pins in the leading end of each rail to a 90 x 45 pine framing header rail which fits across the tub floor ahead of each wheel arch. The rear end of each platform is secured by a short section of angle iron which is screwed to (through) the tub floor. The header rail is kept in position on the tub floor by two medium-sized turnbuckles which push up against the tub's tie down points. Shallow holes have been drilled into the top side at each end of the rail. The lower end of each turnbuckle is removed; the other has a v-section cut out of the ring to allow it to locate with the lower side of each tie down point. A smearing of grease in the rail (hole) assists the tightening action.

The frame for each drawer is made from 70 X 19 treated pine decking; the bases are five-ply and auto carpet glued to the underside protects the paintwork as well as providing a free sliding action. Each drawer has been shortened to allow for the jerry cans. A crossbar restricts the forward movement of each drawer. The inside (bottom) of each drawer is lined with auto carpet. The back end of each drawer has a cutout to allow it to be grasped and pulled out. A 30mm thick rubber block is mounted on the back end of each drawer to stop it from moving backwards when the tailgate is in the raised position. I carry boards covered in auto carpet that fit neatly on top of each drawer. When the _Affordable_Storage_Drawers.aspx are extended they become very handy benches for the gas stove and food preparation. As well, the roller boxes are easily moved in and out of position along the drawer tops. These tops help to protect the paintwork when hard objects are carried between the platforms and the sides of the ute tub.

A fridge slide is mounted on the rear end of the LHS platform and ahead of it a second battery and another storage box. Eye bolts (screws) have been strategically located along the outer edges of each platform to allow for the strapping down of the boxes.

A handy 5-ply boxed shelf is placed across the front of the tub. It's 500mm wide and there's a 200mm gap at each end to enable access to the tub floor and the platform below. This boxed shelf is mounted on two 25mm steel tube rails which locate at each end into wooden bearers which sit in the steel base (frame) of the canopy. The front of the shelf is strapped to the tub's tie down points at the front edge and a platform eye screw at the rear. The shelf is easily removed through either side window of the canopy. It carries light articles: cake tin, billy, cutlery etc, mostly items required at rest stops.

I hope that this info might help you develop your ideas. I'm happy to provide further information if required.

Happy constructing,

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Follow Up By: Gramps (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 20:54

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 20:54

Your setup sounds interesting. Can you put some photos of it up on your Gallery?

Sorry to jump in Wato35.

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Reply By: wato35 - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 07:45

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 07:45
Thanks for the reply, if you had any photos it would be great.

Thanks again

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Follow Up By: Member - Robin M (VIC) - Friday, May 23, 2008 at 19:48

Friday, May 23, 2008 at 19:48
Hello Wato35,
As requested, I have placed a couple of photos of the tub set up I constructed in My Gallery.
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Reply By: time waster - Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 07:49

Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 07:49
Try my profile on the new hilux web site I made my own with 18lt air tank 55lt water tank with pressure pump, drawer and fridge slide


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Reply By: Member - John F (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 20:39

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 20:39
Hi Wato,
Not as flash as most seen here, but just used 15mm ply as shown in photos. Engel sits on left, on the loose piece of timber with the two castors and handle and is wedged in pretty well by the tailgate when closed. Found fridge too high when on top of drawer box. Seldom used items sit behind the fridge. On the right two kitchen boxes slide in.
The dual battery is secured in the left side, just ahead of the Anderson plug which links it to the Redarc under the bonnet. As we only use the system for very occasional trips we keep the second battery in the garage on a smart charger.
The box stays in the truck most of the time.
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The box is 1000mm wide and 230mm high - should have been a bit higher, but the dog would have to stoop too much.
Maybe not good enough for the die hard travellers, but suits us as an everyday setup with only occasional camping use. Didn't cost much, either.

Cheers, John.
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Follow Up By: wato35 - Friday, May 23, 2008 at 08:38

Friday, May 23, 2008 at 08:38

That looks like what I have in mind. Everyone has that carpet material on their storage boxes. What is it , what places sell it and how does it attach?


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Follow Up By: Member - John F (NSW) - Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 06:52

Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 06:52

The carpet is an outdoors rubber-backed type, probably available from Clark Rubber or floor covering outlets (got mine in Hong Kong, don't ask).
It is attached with contact adhesive.
The box is put together with Aquadhere type wood glue and particle board (parallel type thread) screws.
Get the plywood supplier to cut all the pieces for you - makes it all nice and square and they only charge a nominal amount per cut.
Email me direct on lakedge@bigpond.net.au if you need any further details.

Regards, John.
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Reply By: Best Off Road - Friday, May 23, 2008 at 19:56

Friday, May 23, 2008 at 19:56
We can set you up with a professionally built unit at a reasonable price.

That's what we do. Build them at a price that makes it uneconomical to do it yourself.



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