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So trying to find something to put up there to store all camping crap. Must be waterproof and sturdy.first thought pelican but I can't find any used ones that are big enough. Tall is a plus as the wife packs a lot... anyone have a line on used pelicans or another suggestion?

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Pelicans are certainly the default choice for most people but like you say they don't come cheap. Typically it seems most people just scan craigslist for the occasional bargain but ... well, it's craigslist so we all know how random that can be.

I've not tried them but have heard good things about the DeWalt tough system boxes:
http://dewalt.com/to...op-storage.aspx

Still not cheap if buying new, but maybe a bit less dear that Pelican.

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Some other brands worth looking into-
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Plano
Hardigg
Seahorse
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And of course not really waterproof but OK for non-critical use, the ubiquitous Rubbermaid actionpacker

http://www.fuertecas...m/products.html
http://www.gottagosu...uisville_ky.htm

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Before using Pelicans, the Camel Trophy used Zarges cases.

https://www.zargescases.com/

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Some other brands worth looking into-
Doskocil
Plano
Hardigg
Seahorse
UK

And of course not really waterproof but OK for non-critical use, the ubiquitous Rubbermaid actionpacker

http://www.fuertecas...m/products.html
http://www.gottagosu...uisville_ky.htm


I purchased a Hardigg case and use it to stow our camping gear (bags, tent, etc.) when dried out & not in use. The one thing i'll note about Hardigg is that the lid is a significant portion of the overall box height, which wasn't factored in when I initially bought it to use on the Range Rover. While it worked, it looked... odd. I've since moved to 2 Pelican 1650s and they hold just about everything we need for multi-day expeditions.

Like everyone, we're still trying to work down to just the essentials, but somehow these cases get loaded with more stuff each time we embark on another trip...

Here is the 1650 link on Amazon. I pulled out the pick n' pluck foam if anyone sees value in it... >hint hint<

Also purchased one of the 1659 lid organizers. Good place to store important papers, small objects, etc. Here is the link.

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That's a good price on the 1650 (especially with free shipping), but your limited to black (if that matters). I'm not sure what type of guarantees the other makers provide, but Pelican's is top notch. If anything breaks, Pelican will replace the case no questions asked. I did this last summer with a case I got of CL. They're in Torrence, so shipping is super fast.

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My baja rack hasn't arrived yet so i can't take measurements like i would prefer to but i'm trying to get some boxes pre-shaver lake so i can have them for our gear in case in rains, etc. on my roof rack i'll have my rv-5 oztent down one side so the pelican cases will need to fit between the oztent and the rail on the opposite side of the rack. since my oztent isn't here yet either (sigh) i can't measure that. does anyone have an idea how much space is left after you strap a rv-5 up there? side-to-side obviously.

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Another thing is to look for Pelican Cases on Craigslist. They pop up all the time. You have to know what they retail for as some people ask dam near retail for them on CL, but with enough searching you can find some pretty good deals. I picked up a 1550 a few months back for my tools at work for 50 bucks and I've seen some of the 16XX series cases for 50-100 bucks on a regular basis. Just figure out what size works for your application and search.

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I'm not sure how much this will help, but here are a couple pics showing my RV-4 on an Urban Offroad rack. If anything, the Baja rack should be slightly wider than mine since I have such a low-profile model. I would expect there would be room to get a 1650 along side the tent. If I get a chance, we probably have a 1650 laying around here somewhere...Michele has tons of pelicans from work.

I need to re-do all my mountings as well since I have a road shower and set of traction jacks to get up there. Just waiting on the traction jacks to arrive (any day now....)

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I was also just doing some research on this topic. Certainly the Pelican cases re most durable and most expensive. The 1650 seems like a great size for kitchen supplies etc...

Like you, I was looking for something to store/contain the basic camping furniture, Chairs, Cot, etc... that would go in top of the rack. I would like relatively low profile because of height and wind resistance, and a width that would fit well on my Safety Devices rack. The rear of the D1 rack is about 46" x 46" within the rails and the front flat section is about 26"w

The Plano cases are the kit of choice for Michael at Overland Bound (www.overlandbound.com) and he certainly has his "system" down pat. For me they seem a bit short at 37.5"l x 14"h x 18.25w Most of my camp chairs come in around 35" long when folded and my cot comes in at 41.25"
Plano LInks: http://www.planomold...ID=153&PID=1307
Walmart: http://www.walmart.c...ge-Box/20893857 $21.90

These seem like an easy entry point especially at the price. (fwiw- I have seen them on the same site for about $70... huh...)

The cases I now have my eye on that will fit the furniture then all the soft stuff on top are the SKB iSeries 4213 http://www.walmart.c...-Black/37381402 $280.00

They seem to be very similar to Pelican, lifetime warranty (for the original owner with PoP) and 2 of these will fit on the rear section with room for my table (50"), umbrellas, ezup or whatever on the side etc...

Let me know if you go this route as I'd love to see them in person...

Tom

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I have a couple of those monster 1780's that Pedram got a few years ago. Great cases but once they are loaded, boy are they heavy. I usually load one up in the front step down portion of my Baja Rack on the disco and put everything in it up on the roof as it's just a bear to get up there fully loaded.

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If anybody wants new Pelican cases I can buy them through my distributor for less than I have found them online at places such as Amazon. I need 1000 dollars to get free shipping but I order from there often so that's usually not a problem.

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Tom - the pelican 1740 is about the same size as the SKB case you linked to. Maybe Nick can check and see what the pricing he can get on the 1740 no foam version for you.

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So I have the 1650's (1 for the full kitchen and 1 for gear) and they are awesome but don't go on the roof, too heavy to lift. I did score 2 pelican 1690's on CL for $100 each and they are huge!! Not long/wide enough for my Oztent camp chairs but huge and I have one one the roof for most trips. It is a great place to throw duffle bags, sleeping bags, my trauma kit, etc. You are more than welcome to borrow one for the Shaver trip and see how it fits your needs. I have been looking to put a second permanent box on the roof (already have an old footlocker my mom used to come here from England many moons ago, waterproof, used U bolts to mount it to the rack). If you have the coin the Alu boxes at http://www.equipt1.c...-cases/in-stock are sexy as can be, light and no wasted space. The 120L one is bigger than a pelican 1650 I think so you would technically be saving money if you just bought 1 (learned this trick from the wife).

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Those Alu-boxes are NICE. I like how they interlock when stacked and the thinner wall thickness means more interior volume for a given footprint.

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(fwiw- I have seen them on the same site for about $70... huh...)


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I have a couple of those monster 1780's that Pedram got a few years ago. Great cases but once they are loaded, boy are they heavy. I usually load one up in the front step down portion of my Baja Rack on the disco and put everything in it up on the roof as it's just a bear to get up there fully loaded.


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