Boot storage system

Written by ralph on 19/12/2009. Posted in Vehicle modifications

I have seen many ideas with regard to equipment storage.  Boot drawer systems are good but very expensive for what they are.  So I decided to build my own system.

01 I spent a lot of time researching different system when I spotted a photograph on a forum of someone who had built a frame and used ‘really useful boxes’ as drawers.

These have some distinct advantages over other boxes:

  • They are transparent so that you can easily  see what’s inside without opening them.
  • They are very strong and will always be available, unlike the various different plastic options found in B&Q and the like.
  • They can be lifted out to lighten the vehicle.
  • They come in a huge range of sizes which are all stackable, and
  • Most importantly they are cheap and readily available (I got my from Staples)
02 In the left box I keep 2 recovery strops, a heavy duty recovery rope, the vehicle jack, a toolbag and a T-Max air compressor.

In the right hand box I keep a camping cooking set, a kettles, cups, cutlery, glasses, a washing up bowl, collapsible bucket and a gas cooker and spare gas cartridges.  These will be rearranged for a trip away such as Tunisia.

03 On the dog guard I mounted two shelf brackets and built a high level shelf which is supported on two poles (made out of wardrobe hanging rails).

The shelf is perfect for our camping chairs and allows a clear view of the road behind.

I also use the guard to store spare ‘bungy cords’ and my hi-viz jacket.  It is advised to keep these visible in countries where they are compulsory such as France and Spain to prevent being stopped by the Police all the time.

06 On the other side of the guard I have mounted a first aid kit.

It was a standard kit but we have added a few ‘extras’ such as extra plasters, Ibruprofen, paracetamol, etc.

It was put here so that it always easily reachable from the rear passenger door.

04 On the right I mounted a jerry can holder in the space vacated by the ‘dickie seat’.  It can carry a fuel or water jerry can.  With the new fuel tanks it will now be used for fresh water.

It is very awkward to remove  so I carry a small 10 litre containerand funnel  to fill the main one and a length of hose as a siphon to draw the water out.

I did fit a small water pump and tap (visible) but the pump broke.  I do intend to replace this.

05 On the left side is the auxilliary starting diesel tank for the veg oil system.  Once again this is mounted in the seat space.

Behind this there  is a small gap formed which is ideal for storing the warning triangle and windscreen shade.

The last two pictures also show the shelf support poles and tie down eyebolts which I acquired from the local ironmongers.  These are set a different heights for securing different loads.

On the rear door I have used rivnuts to secure a fire extinguisher and a maglight retained by two ‘quickfist’ clamps.

The top of the frame is covered with ‘playground’ mats which are interlocking tiles  I bought from B&Q.  they provide a soft but robust surface which reduces rattles and bumps in the rear.

We also found that 35 litre ‘really useful’ boxes fit exactly on the top.  You can fit two boxes plus a gas bottle with sufficient space to fit a collapsed two burner cooker between the boxes.

Below is a picture of it in action in a campsite just outside Marrakech.  This was before it was painted an covered.


I hope this has stimulated your own ideas.


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