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Thread: Building the 'expedition' box - looking for ideas and input

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    Yes and yes.

    The parameters we designed into it are to hold at least 120Kg, which in the computer modeling it did easily. During the rest of the torture testing I'll find out just what sort of real-life weight it will hold, right up until we bust it altogether, so it will probably be the last test.

    On the front of the box, to the right and left of the centre latch you can see some holes. This is where you can make use of either one or two various standard sized padlocks which come up from underneath to prevent tampering.

    Today we are testing the goretex valve and seal.

    So far we've noticed a bit of flex in the side walls, but nothing concerning given that this prototype is only ABS plastic and not the final glass reinforced Polypropylene that should be much stronger.

    Will keep the updates going as we progress.
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    Short video look at the box for perspective. The Cape Flattery trip was great fun with the kids and gave me the opportunity to get a real feel for the box at the same time. Now we are working towards the second prototype after some improvements to design.

    Had a beaut GU with 6.5 Chev TD, but sold the soul and now driving a 79 series dual cab. Yes, a Tojo on the Patrol Forum! Also having fun trying to build the ultimate Expedition Grade storage box.
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    Brilliant stuff mate. We're currently using 3 of below, 65l wheeled jobbies. 2 are black with different coloured lids, the 3rd is red with a blue lid. So it's easy for us to know what's in each box. And as Winnie already said, we also keep them stockvsnd packed for quick getaways.

    Not sure if you're able to add wheels as an accessory, but we've found them very useful when storing these under the camp table, lift up one end and pull out etc....Kids can sit on them but definitely no where near as tough as yours, so no good for a fat twat like me. Not dust or water tight either, so not able to chuck them on the roof.

    Definitely looking forward to seeing how yours go and eventual purchase price. Hope it all goes well.



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    Cheers mate. We are looking at an option to attach wheels but don't want to build them into the box as it takes up too much room. I just carried the thing from Cairns to Brisbane via the airport system and it is also pretty handy as a Patrol Box, but would really benefit from a screw on handle/frame/wheels arrangement. Getting there slowly...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FNQGU View Post
    Cheers mate. We are looking at an option to attach wheels but don't want to build them into the box as it takes up too much room. I just carried the thing from Cairns to Brisbane via the airport system and it is also pretty handy as a Patrol Box, but would really benefit from a screw on handle/frame/wheels arrangement. Getting there slowly...
    Perfect, hence why I asked about them as an accessory. The wheels do take up a bit of space and handles can get in the way a little as they are.


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    FNQGU for the wheels maybe solid wheels on a axlesetup like the old sack trollie and the back or handle could consentenor the sections being the same size as your boxes so as to use the holes at the corners or the boxes to lock the cart against upside down to get the wheels out of the way . Pretty hard to explain on paper I'm more hands on sort of bloke .
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    Design a 'clip on' Wheel and Handle accessory that can be purchased separately sama sama tie downs, racks, joining clamps etc. as prev mentioned on other pages.

    More money in it for you and you don't have to have different boxes IE one with wheels and one without
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    Quote Originally Posted by the evil twin View Post
    Design a 'clip on' Wheel and Handle accessory that can be purchased separately sama sama tie downs, racks, joining clamps etc. as prev mentioned on other pages.

    More money in it for you and you don't have to have different boxes IE one with wheels and one without
    yep if you are going fopr an interlocking system like a sea container where the only one secured is the base box...you could make clip on wheels that fit in the interlock bit easy accessory and build into design
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    Um.....this sort of

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    Plenty of food for thought there. There are a number of design limitations when using injection moulds (due to the way the moulds work) but if wheels and handle things are important enough then no doubt there is a way.

    We've just started some interesting production discussions too. If everything falls into place we might be able to have these available around Feb/March next year. Yes, it does take that long...apparently! The moulds themselves take about 3 months to build and prove and we really need to do another prototype before that. Once we have the moulds we will punch about about twenty boxes in probably three different materials and flog them to death before settling on a final material choice. Unfortunately that means more time in the bush I guess....
    Had a beaut GU with 6.5 Chev TD, but sold the soul and now driving a 79 series dual cab. Yes, a Tojo on the Patrol Forum! Also having fun trying to build the ultimate Expedition Grade storage box.
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