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Old 01-01-2009, 02:39 PM
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Build Update: Rear Cargo, Ram Mount, Hella 4000s

So I took some time off from work and have had a chance to get some work done on the truck.

First up are the Hella 4000s. I opted for cornering beams because they produce an extremely wide beam. Perfect for trail driving and camp lighting.



I still have not wired in the switch. I ran out of switch locations, so I am making a custom panel for them all. That's still in development, so no pictures of that yet.



The laptop mount is pretty standard, but I really love it. It is rock solid, as everything made by Ram-Mount seems to be.



Lastly, I spent some time making a rear cargo drawer. Loosely following the Roadie's design (https://forums.trailvoy.com/showthread.php?t=13550) I built up something similar:



I've also spent a lot of time organizing my equipment into rugged (dewalt) carrying cases. I'll make a thread about all my equipment and cases at another time. The drawer comes fully out of the enclosure and is removable. The drawer can probably hold about 200 lbs, but I won't stress it that much. I currently have approx 80 lbs in there.



I couldn't justify losing any storage space, so I retained the use of the under-bed storage by having a flap attached to the drawer enclosure.

Also visible in the below picture is one of the retaining pins. The pins hold the drawer in and also out (in case I park facing downhill). The top of the box also has tie down positions for securing cargo on top.



The forepart of the box has a cavity built in. This could be used as extra storage, but I have some bigger plans. More information on that later.



I'd love to hear your feedback and thoughts.
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Old 01-01-2009, 02:51 PM
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what only comes to mind james is wow, great job, making me jealous, i cant afford to loose any storage space in the back of my TB , although the idea of havin it removeable is a effing great idea, also that flap and the fore compartment also very great idea's, the lights look awsome as well, must post a pic of them lit up though ...(when you get em wired up)im gonna do mine all at once cause if i mounted my lights and didnt wire them i dont think id ever wire them for a long time lol... and browsing trailvoy.com while driving, maybe not a great idea, this thread woulda kept my eyes of the road LOL
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Old 01-01-2009, 02:58 PM
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Man, you sure do know how to use up all the valuable space efficiently! Nice setup, can't wait to see the gear you carry
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:05 PM
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Yep - you pegged my admiration-o-meter. Love the details like the corner reinforcements, angled inner drawer sides, and access to the tub. Congrats!



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looks great, way better than the simplistic unit i built.

Oh btw, anyone in IL that wants a storage solution that is cheap and easy to use, PM Me i have mine and have no use for it now that the TB is totaled.
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can u post a pic vartz
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Old 01-01-2009, 06:16 PM
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there is a thread in the interior forum. I won't be shipping this to florida, its too heavy.

https://forums.trailvoy.com/showthrea...ight=gear+rear

theres the thread and build instructions, the only things you need is 2 rubbermaid bins, wood, carpet, and hardware.
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wow james that looks sweet; the access to the built in cargo area is awsome
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btw james, the ram mount is very nice. I had one in my dakota.

I am waiting for the tough tray II to come out, since i have a Acer One now. Ill be mounting it with the flex mount (since the laptop only weighs 2 lbs.)

But you will be very happy with it, I drove through jobsites all day and it didn't rock around much at all.

Id suggest getting the screen stabilizer they sell though, my screen was super floppy after driving offroad all the time
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Badass dude. I only wish my brain worked as well as yours.. the flap idea is awesome. I also love the lights they look great. As a matter of a fact the whole setup is great.

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