Draw system set up

Submitted: Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 19:11
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I have a draw system in my Pathfinder and I was wondering how every people in the ExplorOz world have set up the draw systems. Photos and Ideas as to how to set up and what to store would all be a tremendous help.

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Reply By: Crackles - Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 20:35

Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 20:35
Gaday Vern. Over the years I've built a few storage systems for various vehicles which have evolved to this one for the Jeep. The basics are the fridge is mounted on a slide as low as possible with 2 aluminium draws opposite. Between the draws & the back seat there is room for water storage. I've used 2 x 10 litre Jerries but on a larger vehicle you can fit a 55 litre ploy tank with 12 volt pump.
Frame is made of 15x15 RHS steel & 20mm angle holding the carpeted plywood top. I've used steel mesh on the sides to reduce weight which also helps with ventalation of the fridge. I put a cutlery draw in this one too but wouldn't bother agan as small items tend to rattle around if not contained. It also fills the gap above my Autofridge as I left additional space to fit a taller Waeco in there when I sell it.
I use the top draw for food/cooking gear & the bottom one for recovery, tools & 1st Aid kit. One important feature is it's held in place with 2 turnbuckles at the rear & bolted to existing seat mounts at the front which allows the whole unit to be removed in under 10 minutes. I aslo find if the false floor is taken up to about the top of the seats it allows easy packing of sleeping gear, bags, plastic crates or even a pram etc. There are some nice 100 kg slides available now with lock out levers that extend 110% which are important to hold the weight over rough roads.
Cheers Craig.......................

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Follow Up By: Member-George (WA) - Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 21:26

Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 21:26
Nice set up Craig. You have obviously put a lot of thought in this set up. I have a 100 Series Toyota Landcruiser. You don't happen to have some construction details for a landcuiser ? Cheers
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Follow Up By: Drew - Karratha - Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 21:32

Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 21:32
G'day George
Send me your email if possible (if you are interested) and I will try to send photos I what I have done for my 100 series- similar to the above.
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Follow Up By: Member-George (WA) - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 12:05

Monday, May 02, 2011 at 12:05
Thanks Drew. Here is my email address divewest@hotmail.com Cheers
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Follow Up By: Crackles - Monday, May 02, 2011 at 18:07

Monday, May 02, 2011 at 18:07
"You don't happen to have some construction details for a landcuiser ?"
Thanks George I do actually have an earlier version of this storage system in my 100 series but when I built it I didn't actually draw up plans. On the 100 series I additionally made brackets that slipped under the 3rd row seats & again used 2 turnbuckles to hold it in. I also built a 1/2 height cargo barrier on that one that attaches to the sides & up onto the hand grips. The beauty of this system in the Landcruiser is you can fit a 20L Jerry on the right & a 10L on the left behind the wheel arches to gravity feed water. Instead of using ball bearing slides which are 19mm wide each, I used 20mm angle with laminex runners & slid the Al box directly on that. Nowhere near as easy to open the box's but reduces the cost by half & allows for wider storage box's. In the bigger cars you can also fit one of THESE in behind the seats for convienient water.
Cheers Craig...................

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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 21:29

Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 21:29
G'day Vern
I have made a couple now - 1 for my 80 series and 1 for my 100 series. I have stuck to similar ideas for the second one as it worked for the first... The fridge (57l Engel Combi box) now sits on an 80L Waeco slide on the left hand side. It is covered in a similar way to the above post, except instead of 2 drawers on the right, I have now used a Nally (Nelly??) fish tub instead of a drawer. The frame is made from 20x20.1.6 SHS (I think) and is covered in a light weight 9mm ply with dark grey marine carpet glued over it. I have side pockets to make use of all available space, with the rear facing side panels velcroed in place (the right side pocket houses the recovery gear, the left hand pocket houses stuff I throw in that I never use - spare butane cartridges, poo paper, tarp incase of bad weather, etc. In the Nally tub I have the tools, spare parts, tyre repair kit, etc, with the air compressor tucked in rith at the back behind it for easy access). on the area above the fridge I keep the fold-up table.
I try to make sure things that are used all the time, or are needed in a hurry are easily accessible - and things that are unlikely to be used are stored out of the way.....
Hope this helps in some way...
ps- I have found Nally fish tubs perfect for storing camping gear - I keep all my cooking gear / cutlery / mugs / knives / cutting board etc in one and another with non-perishable food stored permemently in my shed ready for the next trip. I keep another for perishable food. I have found them great value for about $55 compared to the cheap $10 tubs that last 1 or 2 trips...
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 21:45

Sunday, May 01, 2011 at 21:45
Hi Vern,

Here is a link to my ExplorOz blog about my drawer system.

My Drawer System


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