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    Question How do you pack your ammo boxes/packing system?

    I am busy designing a drawer system/overlanding rig and would like to get an idea of how many ammo cases other members typically use and what for? Maybe even some pics of the packed cases/systems would be good

    Without the packing system I usually use about 4:

    1) Recovery gear & pump
    2) Kitchen
    3) Food
    4) Camping gear (torches, hammer, pegs and all the other small odds and ends)

    What other interesting/worthwhile items have you made space for in your packing system?

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    100 views and no response? Either nobody is packing/overlanding or nobody wants to share their secrets?

    Or are there lots of people looking for advice on packing systems?
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    I know I am looking for ideas. Trying to stop rattles. At the moment it just all goes in and then I have to look for stuff

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    I am seriously getting rid of my ammo crates.
    Ive had enough of loading and unloading to get to things and the damn lids are driving me crazy. The clips are also forever getting lost and I have to carry spares (Im sure its somewhere in a crate).
    Am now concentrating on developing my shelf/drawer system into something much more user friendly.
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    I have 5 ammo boxes.
    4 for clothes, and one for spares.

    Recovery gear, tools and camping things are permanently in the one gullwing door, and on the other side my kitchen stuff is permanent. So maybe a bit different from your setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damdan View Post
    I am seriously getting rid of my ammo crates.
    Ive had enough of loading and unloading to get to things and the damn lids are driving me crazy. The clips are also forever getting lost and I have to carry spares (Im sure its somewhere in a crate).
    Am now concentrating on developing my shelf system into something much more user friendly.
    Me too, I want to use the minimum amount of ammo crates necessary for exactly the same reason.

    However, the convenience to store items such as food/kitchen in a ammo case which can be:

    1) Used as a compartment in the drawer system when 4x4ing
    2) Taken along when going somewhere without the 4x4
    3) Removed entirely when overnighting in a chalet as apposed to camping. (this is very convenient, especially when combining camping & chalets on the same trip)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bvandyk View Post
    I have 5 ammo boxes.
    4 for clothes, and one for spares.

    Recovery gear, tools and camping things are permanently in the one gullwing door, and on the other side my kitchen stuff is permanent. So maybe a bit different from your setup.
    I unfortunatly cant rig my whole bakkie out permanatley as I need it as a multipurpose tool

    However, I am considering splitting the system into a 2 parts.

    Fixed storage system secured permanantly
    1) 60 Ltr Water Tank
    2) Dual Battery system
    3) Air compressor
    4) Water pump
    5) Receovery equipment
    6) Electrical interface
    7) Misc storage compartment (?)
    Braai box (for grids, blitz, etc)

    Removable storage system/slides/drawers
    1) 3 Ammo cases (Kitchen utensils, food and camping equipment)
    2) 2 custom storage boxes which cannot be removed from the drawer system (tools and )
    3) 2 collapsable tables
    4) Spare wheel storage compartment
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alxrow001 View Post
    I unfortunatly cant rig my whole bakkie out permanatley as I need it as a multipurpose tool

    However, I am considering splitting the system into a 2 parts.

    Fixed storage system secured permanantly
    1) 60 Ltr Water Tank
    2) Dual Battery system
    3) Air compressor
    4) Water pump
    5) Receovery equipment
    6) Electrical interface
    7) Misc storage compartment (?)
    Braai box (for grids, blitz, etc)

    Removable storage system/slides/drawers
    1) 3 Ammo cases (Kitchen utensils, food and camping equipment)
    2) 2 custom storage boxes which cannot be removed from the drawer system (tools and )
    3) 2 collapsable tables
    4) Spare wheel storage compartment
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    Quote Originally Posted by bvandyk View Post
    Are you a nudist?
    Lol, its the only way I can get SWAMBO to take it off

    I remove the rear seats when touring and secure the fridge/freezer and cooler box back2back which allows easy access from the rear doors. The gap between them (where the 3rd seat would be) is then used to pack our clothing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alxrow001 View Post
    I am busy designing a drawer system/overlanding rig and would like to get an idea of how many ammo cases other members typically use and what for? Maybe even some pics of the packed cases/systems would be good

    Without the packing system I usually use about 4:

    1) Recovery gear & pump
    2) Kitchen
    3) Food
    4) Camping gear (torches, hammer, pegs and all the other small odds and ends)

    What other interesting/worthwhile items have you made space for in your packing system?

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    I probably can't help you with design of your rig as mine is somewhat smaller. So I take you up on your offer to show Suzuki.
    Pictures were taken before our 10 day trip thru Lesotho. (On our ace)

    Bottom left - Sleeping gear packed in dustproof bag & gas can & pump up mattress
    Middle drawer - small stuff (axe, lights etc)
    Bottom right - Tent and chairs
    Top left - Crate with clothes
    Middle - Three ammo crates with food and cooking utensils
    Top right- 12v Cooler box
    And then a pillow on each side of above.

    Between seats and shelve at back - 2x10l jerry cans, 1 x 20l jerry can and 1 x 15l water can.
    Also no2 potjie with braai wood packed underneath the seats (Pretty hard begin journey, gets better)

    Engine Bay.- Fully kitted toolbox above/behind passenger side wheelarch. All ropes and recovery gear at air filter. I had spare waterpump and fanbelt tied with cable ties where there was space.

    Think I got it all. Except "los goed" but they are squeezed in all over. Oh and a small table somewhere. We got the system down pat and break up camp, pack Suzi within halve hour. We once had a guy in a Defender shake his head cause he couldn't see all of it going in the Suzi!
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    Looks like you got it sorted Robert!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alxrow001 View Post
    Lol, its the only way I can get SWAMBO to take it off

    I remove the rear seats when touring and secure the fridge/freezer and cooler box back2back which allows easy access from the rear doors. The gap between them (where the 3rd seat would be) is then used to pack our clothing


    One issue for me with my current setup is the permanent kitchen. I just came back from a 10 day trip, and didnt use the tent that much. It was always a mission to cart the cutlery and food stuff between the permanent cupboard and the chalet.
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    After astronomical quotes from the professionals (in excess of R15k) to build me shelves for the trailer, I did my own. I built these with angle aluminium, furnlock slides and 8 ammo boxes inclusive for R2.3k!

    These are all for clothes - 4 family members, 12 days in Kgalagadi - 2 boxes each. Result - the heavier equipment goes in the front to keep the nose down.
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    Built-in kitchen (cutlery and crockery) compartments have got to be the biggest waste of space ever invented. A removable box is much more space economical
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike View Post
    Built-in kitchen (cutlery and crockery) compartments have got to be the biggest waste of space ever invented. A removable box is much more space economical
    Only agree too a point.. It does not take that much space.
    For me the space is not an issue when you compare it to the convenience when camping next to the car, or stopping for a lunch break next to the road.
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    Default Packing for overlanding

    At the very real risk of a lot of laughs, here is my own drawer system. Cost R260. Tin cans go in the bottom drawer. Toilet rolls, matches etc in top white fridgebowls bolted on top of system. Plastic structure glued together and reinforced with wood on 3 sides. It works having bounced around Baviaanskloof last month and survived totally intact. Mod 2 has been to swing fridge around - and then, (yes really) screw second 3 draw unit to the first plastic drawer unit. Successfully emptied 3 ammo boxes See pic of first outing.

    I didn't believe it would work at first, but hey...success. Proven in battle!

    (Edit) There is a strap around the whole drawer system when in transit which can just be seen slackened off in pic.
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    I have four boxes-
    Kitchen- highlid wolfpak
    Recovery- wolfpak
    Pots
    Food
    Then I have another few with linings in- bedding, shade netting, blow up bed, pillows. They come out of the ammo boxes and get stuffed in cavities in their linings.
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    Alxrow001, can't help you, am also in 2 minds what to do as I also use my bakkie for sport etc. Would you mind to share some pics of your system? How do you secure the fridge & coolerbox? Thanks.
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    because I use mine for multi-purpose as well, I've been toying with designing a bedslide (that if necessary, I could remove easily)... I've looked at some commercial ones and they all take up rather large height.. (8-12cm) and as I have a hard tonneau, height is not to be waisted... hence the toying with designing one - a low profile one... ammoboxes (and anything else) can then be strapped to the bedslide...

    currently, I'm looking at dust proofing the Amarok's tailgate.. any suggestions welcome ;-)

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    My system is simple: get everything in, even if it means we're going with two cars!
    I have to take all seven seats along for outings once we're there. I still have to get a system for the trailer, something that will fit in the space left after I have packed the tents and the fridge. I'd say four boxes for food additional to the cooler box and thermo-electric cooler for fresh foods, and three for the kitchen utensils. Clothes: two boxes per person, I can put that on the roof rack. I better stop this discussion, I may just start to feel sorry for myself. If it wasn't for the female assistance I would never have managed to get it all packed.
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