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Carry Smarter: Off-Road Truck and Jeep Storage Solutions

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Sean P. Holman | Writer
Posted June 1, 2012

Increase Your Rig’s Ability To Carry More Stuff

Generally speaking, four-wheel-drive vehicles tend to be inherently functional in nature. They usually have squared-off profiles or dedicated cargo space that lend them well to hauling all of our stuff. Stuff is something most wheelers have a lot of, especially when the family is in tow or we are headed out on an extended outing. Here is a guide of products that will make your rig more versatile when you need to pack it up for some time away from the ranch.

Capped Off
A.R.E.’s MX Series fiberglass truck cap is a versatile truck cap with a mid-high wedge roof design that provides extra headroom and storage capacity for active lifestyles. It features a full walk-in door option that eliminates the truck’s tailgate, adding functionality and convenience for today’s truck owners. Additional custom options available on A.R.E.’s truck caps include a single or double front sliding window, side access win-doors, screen-vent side windows, a battery-operated dome light, interior clothes rods, and more. A.R.E truck caps are painted to match the owner’s truck using the exact OEM paint code for a premium appearance. Lids and their painted finishes are backed with a limited lifetime warranty for the life of the pickup truck they are originally installed on.
Info: A.R.E.
www.4are.com

Right Track
Mac’s superior quality VersaTie Tracks allow for complete customization of your tie-down systems. The clean, high-strength tracks allow flexibility of installation with adjustable tie-down positions in one-inch increments. Aircraft-quality aluminum extrusions are fully CNC machined for secure connections. The track can be flush or surface-mounted on interior or exterior surfaces by riveting, bolting, screwing, gluing, or welding. The VersaTie is perfect for floor, wall, ceiling, and roof mounting. Mac’s offers a variety of kits, for specific applications. Kits include track, VT-1000 rings, stainless ¼-inch x 1½ -inch fasteners, and attachment holes.
Info: Mac’s Custom Tie Downs
800/666-1586, www.macscustomtiedowns.com

Pack and Rack
Do you have a vehicle without enough cargo space? BajaRack provides a sturdy solution when you need some place to stow your gear on your next road trip. Whether it is one of the universal racks that installs on almost any roof crossbar system, or one of its vehicle-specific roof racks that mount directly to factory roof mounting points, BajaRack has a rack for you. All BajaRack roof racks are made from steel tubing that is zinc and powdercoated for rust protection. All racks come with aluminum wind deflectors, stainless hardware, and everything you need for an easy installation. Three models are available: the original basket-style, the rooftop tent-ready EXPedition style, and the ultra-low, all-flat UTility style. These racks can handle more load than the roof specs will allow and BajaRack offers a complete range of accessories to help make your trip even more convenient such as fuel can holders, lights and light cable harnesses, ladders, Hi-Lift jack mounts, as well as axe and shovel mounts, awning mounts, and more. With BajaRack, there is no drilling. Ever.
Info: Baja Rack, 760/621-0171,www.bajarack.com

Strapped In
Strap down your gear with Safari Straps Cargo/Utility Nets. These nets can be used in vehicles ranging from ATVs to Jeeps and from trucks to trailers and are made with heavyweight polypropylene webbing, which is UV and mildew resistant. Different sizes, with one- or two-inch webbing and black or zinc-plated rings and cam buckles, are available so you are sure to find one that works for your specific application. Each strap has 48 inches of reach.
Info: Safari Straps, 661/294-3000, www.safaristraps.com

Hidden Safe
The gearsafe is a steel, lockable storage container that quickly and simply mounts on the tailgate of any Jeep Wrangler JK. By replacing the factory spare tire bracket, The gearsafe not only secretly and securely stores your gear and valuables, but it also holds your spare tire. Equipped with a combination lock, you won’t have to keep track of another key.
Info: Little Boys Off Road Toys
866/604-8021, www.thegearsafe.com

Lock Down
Bestop’s new locking under-seat storage box for Wrangler JKs mounts conveniently out-of-sight beneath the driver-seat and secures valuables in a theft-proof enclosure. Manufactured with heavy-duty 16-gauge carbon steel and welded construction, Bestop’s box deters would-be thieves, and offers up to 205 cubic inches of storage space in a sliding drawer, secured with a pick-resistant lock. Heavy-duty, plated slides assure dependable, durable operation. The storage box is finished in textured black powder coat and has enough room to fit popular .45 caliber handguns.
Info: Bestop, 800/845-3567, www.bestop.com

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