Rear Door Wheel Bag Project.

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By popular demand (well 2 people enquired ) is the bag project as refered to in thread 67369

This is bag is tricky to sew and while $19.95 for the Aussie disposals 8*10 tarp may seem low their was a cost blow out in terms of brownie points extracted by the wife.

But it provides 60lt of space external to the car, looks a lot better than commercial equivalents and can carry around a distributed 10kg load, making it ideal for rubbish, empty plastic jerry cans etc.


There are 3 main pieces to this bag.

1/ Box part that holds the 2 jerry cans with a finished size 700 * 440 * 180, not including seams which were 2cm all round to allow for double stitching.
Note - box section has a middle strap at the top which helps it keep its shape

2/ Semi circular part that goes over top of wheel which was also 700mm wide, and which consisted of 3 pieces of tarp.


3/ Flap that covers the cans and uses 4 pieces of Velcro to hold it - this flap was made about 50mm wider than the box to reduce dust.

The Aussie tarp material has a rope around its edge for strength.
This edge was used at load points - e.g. along the back of the box section.
I wanted my shovel to be removeable without removing the bag , so I did not sew the middle 200mm of the box section to the tyre section. The shovel handle can pass thru this point.

The major stress points are where the tyre cover section is attached to the box section and particularly at the ends of the box section.

2 Straps with Velcro attach to the tyre cover section, and straps go down behind the spare wheel and come out thru spokes of the spare wheel where they are held with Velcro.
These straps need to be longer than you think as its tricky to pass them behind the spare wheel. (My spare wheel is spaced out 15mm for other reasons making this not so hard)

I.E. When fitted, the bottom of the Box section can swing away from the spare tyre allowing acess to the spare wheel tyre valve (I use spare tyre as a tank a lot. )

This base of the box section has a Velcro strap which goes behind the shovel and this stops the box from swinging away fromthe back of the car.


Note - This Bag lives in a maximum dust enviroment, so if using it to carry tents or sleeping bags as we often do, put those articles in a plastic bag.

Note - Aussie Disposals tarp doesn't use plastic corner strengthing bits which means you get more useable material.

Note - Heavy duty , waterproof thread was used and some hand sewing was used to strengthen corners.
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 12:38

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 12:38
Pretty impressive; must have taken awhile to put together. Well done.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 13:16

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 13:16
Thanks Fred - My Wife deserves the credit.
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Reply By: Mandrake - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 12:47

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 12:47
Should ask D & M for an Exploroz Sticker to go on it and market it
with the wheel covers ???

Damn clever lot here at EO aint we !!

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Reply By: Warstar - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 15:39

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 15:39
Need a fair bit of road clearance on the Cruiser!!!

Seriously, its a great idea and would also apply to caravan spare wheels, which most vans have hanging off the back.
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Reply By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 21:37

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 21:37
Thank you for the pictures Robin and well done to your wife.
I now have the incentive to get on with the job of making one.
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Follow Up By: Member - JohnR (Vic) - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:34

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 22:34
Pssst, Robyn, it is Ann
Cheers,
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Reply By: bob&loz - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 21:55

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 21:55
Or if you are too lazy to make your own this mob have a bag for everything.
I bought 2 of the rear wheel bags. Great idea

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Follow Up By: Navigator 1 (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 23:01

Tuesday, Apr 07, 2009 at 23:01
It would be a good size bag if only for rubbish but like Robin & Ann, I need to carry 2 empty jerry cans.
Thanks anyway.
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Reply By: Member - Bucky, the "Mexican"- Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 05:24

Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 05:24
Great job Robin

That Idea has got the grey matter happening.

As neither of us can sew, we had a friend make up a rear wheel rubbish bag outer/support for us, out of some leftover shade-cloth. Worked a treat, and it doubles up as our Safari tent cover.

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Reply By: Leroy - Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 09:58

Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 09:58
Nice job, but since my rear door cracked I'm a little weary of overloading the door now.

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 12:42

Thursday, Apr 09, 2009 at 12:42
Thats a reasonable point Leroy - and a reason why I never bothered to design bag for 2 full Jerries.

My spare wheel is actually lighter than standard - whereas some fit 285 tyres/wheels and add nearly the 10kg to tailgate before anything else.




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