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Old 10-12-2011, 11:34 AM   #1
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Default Low profile cargo box ideas?

I've been using a small action packer and soft tool bag to hold my stuff. I'm thinking about making a low profile cargo box- basically covering the whole floor, but being maybe 6" tall. Hinge the whole lid so it lifts up (don't know if that'll work or not- and use a prop rod or something to hold it up. It needs to low so my 100 pound dog can stand back there.

Anyone do such a thing? I don't think I need a drawers or anything fancy.

Needs to hold recovery gear, air tools/hose, hitch, and a small assortment of tools.

Oh yeah- where do I get matching carpet for the top?
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:43 PM   #2
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Mine is 8" tall and is in the "Another Cargo Box... with a twist" thread currently below this one.

I used med grey carpet ordered from eBay and you can see (in the updated pics from the last post) that it is a good match. I also used some med grey vinyl to match the plastic pieces in some places.

If you plan on a lid instead of drawers I'd recommend an HD piano hinge and maybe a couple of strong-arm struts (similar to the hatch & hood struts) to hold the lid although a prop rod would work and be slightly cheaper.

We had 3 dogs (about 200 lbs worth) "sitting" on it when I was on the Wheeler Geo Trail in CO, it held up fine and everyone was somewhat comfortable. It does have a couple of extra braces in the center due to the drawers instead of a full open storage area. Unless you need it to be completely open I'd recommend adding at least one brace to support the middle so the wood doesn't bow over time from your dog's weight.
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:36 PM   #3
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Im on my phone so ill post links later but I did a write up on mine its 8" tall. Level with the wheel wells in the back. My two 100# dogs sit back there fine. Search java's drawers or look in my build thread.

I just did one with a lid like you want. Look in seattlemikes build thread for pics.

EDIT: Drawer write up http://www.toyota120.com/forum/showt...torage+drawers

Here is the one I built for seattlemike. Look at the top box fr the lid idea http://www.toyota120.com/forum/showt...t=13886&page=6
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Hmmmm. Drawers or lid? If the truck is packed up, I can see the benefits to drawers. Then again, I rarely load up the truck.
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I like the drawers for leaving the dogs in and being able to get things. I added links above.
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I just got done with 30 mins of reading about drawers. I was all excited about elephant's set up and after several pages of threads I find out that they're out of business!

Now I'm really liking the Adventure trailer composite drawers- a pair of 36A's would be great. But they're $1300 plus shipping. Ugggg..... Maybe I can get away with one drawer for now? Or the birch option is half the price, but I really don't like the idea of wood.

I think DIY would come out really crappy for me. I only have a circular saw and a sawzall. It would be a hack job....

What does it cost for all the materials to do a DIY two drawer system? My neighbor is a cabinet maker, although he does high end resto work and would cost me a fortune if he even had the time... but some beer and I could use his table saw.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:13 PM   #7
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I just got done with 30 mins of reading about drawers. I was all excited about elephant's set up and after several pages of threads I find out that they're out of business!

Now I'm really liking the Adventure trailer composite drawers- a pair of 36A's would be great. But they're $1300 plus shipping. Ugggg..... Maybe I can get away with one drawer for now? Or the birch option is half the price, but I really don't like the idea of wood.

I think DIY would come out really crappy for me. I only have a circular saw and a sawzall. It would be a hack job....

What does it cost for all the materials to do a DIY two drawer system? My neighbor is a cabinet maker, although he does high end resto work and would cost me a fortune if he even had the time... but some beer and I could use his table saw.
Depends on the slides you want. The slides for the one for Seattle mikes were super heavy duty and a few hundred. The wood carpet glue screws etc are ~200
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I don't know if this will help but, I did a rear cargo drawer system in my FJ. It's about 7" tall with 2 drawers. My total cost in materials were about $80. I used MDF boards. It took about 3 days off on/off work.

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Off topic, but like your zip-tie-shackle trick Sebori.
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Thanks. I learned that the shackles can seize under load and that you should back out 1 turn. I added the zip-ties so it won't back out all the way while I'm driving down the highway.
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Thanks. I learned that the shackles can seize under load and that you should back out 1 turn. I added the zip-ties so it won't back out all the way while I'm driving down the highway.
Good call, I've had a shackle come off on the highway with it fully tightened. Gonna add some zipties now
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I'm back to thinking about the adventure trailer drawers. I really think DIY will look like... well DIY. Anyone else think they're worth $1300? I guess there's some resale value on premade stuff too?
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