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Carry Smarter: Off-Road Truck and Jeep Storage Solutions

Posted in How To: Body Chassis on June 1, 2012 Comment (0)
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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

Retractable Lid
The all-new RetraxPRO is the pinnacle of retractable pickup bed cover technology. This unique cover is constructed of heavy-duty aluminum slats, which are connected by flexible hinges to create a robust and weather-tight seal. For durability, the cover is finished in a gloss black powdercoat. The RetraxPRO bed cover utilizes a unique, patented design, which allows it to retract on sealed ball bearing rollers into a compact spiral canister located at the front of the pickup bed. This low-profile design incorporates a front cover that is flush with the rolling cover, which streamlines the overall appearance and provides a firm, dependable seal to help keep the pickup bed dry. The cover is key-lockable in any position along the rail, and features a dual latch locking system underneath the rolling cover. The RetraxPRO is backed by a limited lifetime warranty, and can be installed easily and without drilling in about an hour.
Info: Retrax
800/206-4070, www.retrax.com

Trail Swag
Swag Off Road’s Baja Bins are designed to fit the 8- or 24-gallon Rubbermaid ActionPackers like a glove. Constructed out of 1⁄8-inch-thick aluminum, and engineered to withstand the abuse of off-road racing, Baja Bins weigh in at only six pounds each. Available in two different lockable configurations, the Baja Bin will keep your tools safe and secure.
Info: Swag Off Road
541/915-2775, www.swagoffroad.com

Lock Box
The Warrior Products Lockable Storage Trunk replaces the factory storage compartment in the rear tub of the Wrangler JK with a larger, stronger, and more secure trunk. Constructed of 16-guage HRPO steel and powdercoated for durability, the trunk comes in a textured finish. Installation of the kit requires an exhaust relocation kit to provide ample clearance of the trunk to the vehicle’s exhaust system.
Info: Warrior Products
888/220-6861, www.warriorproducts.com

Custom Slides
Each So-Cal Teardrops’ drawer system is custom-built to fit your vehicle and make use of the maximum amount of space available. A combination of 0.090-inch 5052 aluminum and ¾-inch Fiberthane coated in Line-X creates an extremely durable and robust, yet lightweight, drawer system. Utilizing 500-pound-capacity Accuride Lock-in/Lock-out slides, the drawers positively latch in both the open and closed position, keeping the drawers from “auto” closing when parked on an incline. Six-inch on-center spacing of all fasteners allows for easy attachment of tie-down tracks on the top of the drawer case or on the inside of the drawer bottom. Standard modular spacing also allows drawers to be “stacked” in various configurations. So-Cal Teardrops has also developed a clever way to mount the drawers to your vehicle, using a channel with sliding nuts. The drawers can then be precisely leveled and securely mounted without the need to stack washers or use weak and easily stripped jack nuts.
Info: So-Cal Teardrops
909/982-1199, www.socalteardrops.com

Hitch Hauler
The XD Utility Rack Attachment is great for pickups, SUVs, and ATVs equipped with an Inventive Products XD hitch. The Utility Rack Attachment can be used as a cooler rack, a workbench, a seat, or more. The rack easily folds parallel to the tailgate for storage, can be moved up and down on the XD Hitch for height adjustment, and has a large 40-inch x 20.5-inch aluminum tray with a 500-pound load capacity.
Info: Inventive Products Inc.
888/310-6037, www.inventivehitches.com

Strap Envy
TitanStraps are equally adept at securing loads in Arizona’s blistering summer heat or the typical sub-zero temperatures found in the far reaches of Alaska in January. Remaining supple in extreme temperatures and climates, TitanStraps are made from a stretchy, high-performance polymer that’s been injected with a 10-year UV additive for extra longevity. A polished, heat-treated aircraft aluminum buckle is over-molded in the manufacturing process for bombproof strength and the high-visibility strap doesn’t use hooks, making them safer than typical bungee cords. TitanStraps offer excellent adjustability and can be daisy-chained together for extra length. Simple in design, high in function, you’ll find hundred’s of uses for TitanStraps. Made in USA.
Info: Lawson-USA
406/556-7234, www.lawson-usa.com

Tuff Box
Looking for more secure storage inside your Ford F-150? If so, Tuffy has the answer in a high-security 16-gauge steel security lockbox that mounts under the rear seat in any late-model Ford F-150 or Raptor, with or without the subwoofer. The form-fitting design of the Tuffy lockbox has over 4000 cubic inches of lockable storage and secured contents can be easily accessed by flipping the rear seats up and opening the corresponding lid. Three different part numbers are designed to work with your SuperCab or SuperCrew and the unique design allows the full width to be used to stow firearms or other long items.
Info: Tuffy Security Products
800/348-8339, www.tuffyproducts.com

Add-A-Basket
If you need more space for your gear, check out Synergy Suspension’s universal Baja Baskets. Baja Baskets have been designed to create more space, while holding your gear, coolers, spare parts, and luggage. Available in three sizes, each Baja Basket is manufactured from high-strength, 16-gauge material with the latest in CNC punch press equipment. The Baja Basket boasts a 300-pound carrying capacity and each Baja Basket is available in raw unfinished metal and can be easily installed with basic fabrication know-how on to your off-road vehicle, truck, or to your Jeep Wrangler JK using an available install kit.
Info: Synergy Suspension
805/242-0397, www.synergysuspension.com

What’s Your Vector, Victor?
The Vector Off Road GGR Cargo Platform nearly doubles the organized storage space in the rear of Wrangler JK four-doors. The GGR platform can be fitted with an optional cargo divider hoop kit, where a 48-inch off-road jack or aluminum divider panel can be mounted. Constructed of alloy steel, and mounted with billet roll cage brackets, the GGR is one stout piece of equipment. This platform comes standard with a black wrinkle powdercoat finish and all the necessary mounting hardware. It fits ’07-current Wrangler Unlimited JKs equipped with a hardtop, or wearing no top. All GGR Cargo Platforms are made in the USA and built to order.
Info: Vector Off Road
801/372-7834, www.vectoroffroad.com

Cam Can
Looking for an affordable storage system for fuel or water? Daystar Cam Cans are durable 2.5-gallon containers available in red, green, or grey/blue and feature a unique cam mounting system to positively lock the containers to the mount, or each other. These cans were designed to fit Jeep and Toyota spare tires, as well as universal applications. The red fuel can is CARB-certified and the grey/blue can is designed for potable water. Best of all, they are made in the USA.
Info: Daystar
800/595-7659, www.daystarweb.com

Lock and Load
Lockstraps Incorporated has announced the third generation version of its product, the Lockstraps G3. The G3 uses tougher locking carabiners, a stronger sliding clasp, and comes in a sealed clamshell package that can be set on a shelf or hung from a wall hook. Lockstraps G3s are built with a braided stainless steel cable embedded between double nylon straps. Tough galvanized steel rivets keep dual combination carabiner locks in place at both ends of the Lockstraps. The straps also incorporate a soft tie-extension to eliminate scratching. Users can change the combination of the locks with each use and can set their own personal combinations on either carabiner. The new G3 straps are 8.5-feet long, 1.5-inches wide, ¼-inch thick, and weigh 2.3 pounds each. They come backed with a 100-percent satisfaction guarantee.
Info: Lockstraps Inc.
951/506-3682, www.lockstraps.com

Slide and Hide
ARB has launched its Outback Solutions Modular Roller Drawer Systems range, providing four-wheelers with an extremely versatile selection of products to suit a wide variety of uses and vehicles. The range consists of eleven modules across three styles (Drawer, Drawer with Roller Floor, and Roller Floor) in five available lengths. Roller Drawers are rated to carry 220 pounds spread evenly throughout the drawer and Roller Floors are rated to carry 165 pounds spread evenly over the top. Modules can be mounted in various combinations, including individually, side-by-side, and vertically. This system also provides the flexibility to change, rearrange, or add modules and accessories over time. Outback Solutions modules can also be fitted to non-traditional applications such as flat beds and trailers.
Info: ARB
800/761-8159, www.arbusa.com

Cargo Stretch
The Crewbed is a one-of-its-kind, fully stowable, truck bed for Jeep Wranglers. The Crewbed folds behind the back seat when not in use, but when the need arrives, it can be fully deployed in less than two minutes. Rated at 400 pounds of capacity, it can hold most furniture, mountain bikes, and even fullsized dirt bikes. No more bulky roof racks that are hard to load, no more racing home to pick up a trailer, and no more calling a friend with a truck to come help you. The Crewbed provides you with all the enjoyment and open-air fun of a Jeep with all the utility of a pickup.
Info: Crewbed
480/201-5358, www.crewbed.com

Headache Relief
Spyder Industries Black Widow headache racks are made of heavy-gauge steel and have a unique inner/outer frame made of rectangular tubing. The webbed insert is made of laser-cut sheet steel. Black Widow racks are customizable; allowing you to add many options such as lumber stops, tie-down loops, rear brake/turn LEDs, rear-facing lamps, strobe light mounts, and more.
Info: Spyder Industries
877/665-6705, www.spyderindustries.com

Adventure Storage
Looking for a strong, lightweight drawer system for your rig? Adventure Trailers has many solutions for your vehicle, no matter the make or model. Designed by a cabinetmaker and seasoned expedition leader, this system holds up to the strains of extended back roads travel with the feel of a well-made cabinet. The drawer systems are designed and constructed for strength and light weight from ¾-inch composite material of polyfoam and fiberglass that has been coated with a durable Line-X finish or from economical Baltic Birch and ready for a final finish by the DIY builder. Panels are CNC-cut and lightly beveled on the edges. Drawer slides are rated for 500 pounds and several sizing options are available. Jeep Wrangler JK-specific drawers systems are also available. This fully configurable system for the JK has optional compatible accessories such as a combination fridge and stove slide out, internal water tank, water heater, 12-volt auxiliary system, and cargo restraints.
Info: Adventure Trailers
877/661-8097, www.at-overland.com

Toolgate
What could be the most convenient tool chest ever, the Tinman Tailgate Toolchest mounts to the inside of your pickup tailgate. The tool chest includes an approximately 200-piece Crescent toolset in the most accessible place on you vehicle and leaves your bed free for cargo. Tools snap in to molded cases housed inside the lift-up, weather tight locking doors. Polished diamond plate aluminum, all-aluminum framework, and stainless steel rivets ensure that the Tinman Tailgate Toolchest never rusts and stays a beautiful and functional accessory to any truck. Even the tools come complete with a lifetime replacement warranty.
Info: Tinman Tailgate Toolchest Co.
806/266-5646, www.tinmantailgatetoolchest.com

Junk Drawer
Keep your adventure rig organized and safe with the Overland Junk Drawer. This heavy-duty tote is made to haul just about anything and everything. Load it down with your food and sodas on a road trip and then carry it over to the campsite from the car. Strap it down on your passenger seat and have quick and easy access to maps, radios, and whatever else you may need at a moment’s notice. Made from durable canvas, the Overland Junk Drawer folds down flat when not in use.
Info: Trasharoo
714/854-7292, www.trasharoo.com

Safety Straps
MasterCraft Safety’s two-inch-wide tie-down straps can be used for everything from securing your spare tire to firmly holding your vehicle in place on a trailer. These heavy-duty straps feature five rows of stitching and are rated at a whopping 10,000-pounds each. Snap hooks at each end provide positive attachment while a wide ratcheting handle allows for easy operation. These straps are available in yellow or red.
Info: MasterCraft Safety
800/565-4042, www.mastercraftsafety.com

Inside the Box
Bundu Boxes, modeled on the sturdy ammunition boxes used by the South African Defense Force, have been used for many years by outdoorsmen in Southern Africa. These boxes are light, strong, and stackable and can be secured via a ratchet strap without buckling or bending. Bundu Boxes can accommodate a wide range of items from camping gear, fishing and hunting supplies, recovery equipment, and even clothes or dry goods. Bundu Boxes are available in Hi-Lid, Lo-Lid, or in the high-sided MkII version. Also available are foam inserts for holding dishware and Howling Moon Canvas Box Covers.
Info: Bundu Gear, 866/557-3504, www.bundugear.com

Cover Up
Active lifestyles can be messy, and that mess usually caries into the cargo area of your vehicle. With Canvasback cargo liners you can keep it clean and looking great at the same time. Canvasback liners are not rubber or plastic trays. They are constructed from 600 denier textured polyester fabric with a PVC waterproof backing. Each liner is custom-fit and handmade for every application. Canvasback liners contour to the cargo area and up the back of your seats allowing for full-coverage when all seats are laying flat. Velcro tabs sewn under the liners adhere to the carpeting in the vehicle keeping the liner in place. Whether you have muddy dogs, messy kids, or dirty camping gear, Canvasback liners shed water and dirt like a duck’s back!
Info: Canvasback
800/686-2808, www.canvasback.com

Track Lock
Master Lock protects your stuff with its revolutionary new TrackLock. The device affixes to any track or rail system for pickup trucks including those from Ford, GM, Ram (Dodge), Toyota, TracRac, or E-Track. The TrackLock is a semi-permanent and easily installed device that attaches to the track or rail system without any drilling. Valuable cargo and tools can then be secured in the bed of the truck using cables, straps or chains. The TrackLock is constructed of stainless steel, includes a keyhole cover to protect the lock from the elements, and uses Master Lock’s unique push to lock feature, which helps prevent “false locking.”
Info: Master Lock
www.masterlocktruck.com

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