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    Default Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    Does anyone have any experience or comments regarding the in-car noise levels of using ammo boxes in a drawer system?

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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    In what sense? Stuff ratling in the boxes?



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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    Don't do it. The waste of space will be ridiculous due to the effective thickness of an ammo box side. If you think that making up proper drawers is too difficult, PM me and I will send you some pics of my self made aluminium and ply system.

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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    Quote Originally Posted by RodS View Post
    Don't do it. The waste of space will be ridiculous due to the effective thickness of an ammo box side. If you think that making up proper drawers is too difficult, PM me and I will send you some pics of my self made aluminium and ply system.
    You are also welcome to share your pics here



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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    Quote Originally Posted by RodS View Post
    Don't do it. The waste of space will be ridiculous due to the effective thickness of an ammo box side. If you think that making up proper drawers is too difficult, PM me and I will send you some pics of my self made aluminium and ply system.
    Agree, ammo boxes I use on the roof rack. In the drawers I used foam rubber cut to take my stuff. Plan properly so you cut once. No pics sold the system.
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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    i use boxes in SUV and bakkie simply for practicality of it.
    at same time they take more space and save on some.

    i always give 1 box each and highlight to be all space available(lie)
    to pack stuff for duration of travel,3 days or a week irrelevant.
    once they pack and i ask if they need anything else as there is extra
    space they rarely come up with something.

    people get creative when limited.

    noise,never had a issue.

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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    Also use them. 1 each for clothes, 2 for food and 2 for pots etc. Lids are different colours, so easy to know when looking for something.
    Main advantages for me: When stacked, they fit in each other and won't slide around. Easy to load and offload. Easy to store as they all stack on 1 pile. Robust. Flexible, can adapt space to what is needed.
    Other disadvantages mentioned probably if comparing with permanent fixtures. And the little lid locking disappearing plastic pieces.

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    For me it depends on the way you organize your camp. If it is vehicle centric, e.g. you got some sort of kitchen built into the vehicle or set up your kitchen at the rear door, stowing your stuff into drawers works.
    If you set up the kitchen elsewhere, you'll end up running forth and back for every knife, lid and bowl. In that case ammo boxes make sense, since you take the kitchen box(es) to your prep area and that's it.
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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    Even though you may lose a little space, it is negligible/insignificant compared to the advantages of having removable drawers as stated above.

    I have never been aware of any noise produced by the boxes nor their content if you pack them properly like you would any container for that matter.
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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    As suggested above:
    Triple-Decker, back-to-back, His-and-Hers drawer system made with normal garage tools. I bought six pieces of 1mm Aluminium sheet from a local supplier, cut to size and bent. They arrived perfectly to dimensions.
    Frame is 25sq tube joined with Connect-it fittings, clad with 3mm Ply pop-riveted on.
    As you can see, the drawer ends are 3mm Ply attached with wood screws to a piece of Quarter-round timber.
    The whole thing is attached with four bolts, and can be easily taken out if you need to put the seat back.
    It has done at least 100,000 km, and is still in good shape
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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    Here is mine.

    As with any drawer system, it takes up space. Note particularly the spaces between the square tubing, and the tubing itself where you lose out.

    But being able to remove the boxes and carry them into my tent or chalet or where ever, priceless.
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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    I can't comment on noise, as mine are in the back of the bakkie, but want to add a plus for the use of ammo boxes. Their stacking ability makes them extremely versatile, especially when used with a slider. My BiL recently built a half width slider for me and totally by accident, the ammo boxes fit in the frame of the slider with a few microns to spare. I also use the one box per person principle. Here a few pics from a recent 2 night camp to Dinokeng.





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    The big advantage is that everything (including the slider, as it's not fixed in place yet) goes into the tent, so there is nothing to rattle while exploring at your destination.

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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    Mine dont make a noise. I have them on friction sliders made from aluminium angle and the fit is quite snug. One or two times the contents have rattled but thats only because they were packed for a specific purpose and werent packed efficiently.

    They work for me because I prefer to be able to remove them from the vehicle when being used
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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    I use six in a drawer system in a Prado 2010 - no noise. Makes packing and retrieval easy.

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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    There is a clear divide here between those who choose to stay in one place for several days using ground tents or chalets, versus we who prefer wild camping, have an RTT, and like to move on every day or two.
    In our case, we cooked on the tailgate, and had everything non-metallic packed away before climbing up to bed. (Hyaenas you know). We started with ammo boxes, and I hated heaving the damned things in and out. We do of course stay at organized campsites often, but still enjoy the compact principle.
    We did once stay in a chalet, but I found it too hot in the bedroom, so I slept outside in the RTT

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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    Quote Originally Posted by Cobus RDW View Post
    Also use them. 1 each for clothes, 2 for food and 2 for pots etc. Lids are different colours, so easy to know when looking for something.
    Main advantages for me: When stacked, they fit in each other and won't slide around. Easy to load and offload. Easy to store as they all stack on 1 pile. Robust. Flexible, can adapt space to what is needed.
    Other disadvantages mentioned probably if comparing with permanent fixtures. And the little lid locking disappearing plastic pieces.
    I saw a clever tip in an old Drive Out magazine. Throw away the stupid plastic clips and pop rivet on Velcro- it works like a dream.
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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    There are metal replacements for the plastic clips.

    https://www.outdoorwarehouse.co.za/p...ammo-box-clips

    @ Swartkat, I like your set-up.
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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    I built a rack system in the back of a Grand Vitara for a 3.5week Namibia trip - I did not put roller-sliders in, but built a fram from plyboard that I coated in speaker felt, and the ammo cases I used, used L-shaped 25x25mm alu strip to "slide" on - I packed them 2-deep, end on and used a ratchet tie-down over each pair to keep them down - I removed them from the vehicle once camp was set, and they stacked on the veranda of the tent - very simple, easy to use and if packed correctly, rattle free. I packed one as a "day-box" with a small stove, pot, coffee, tea, sugar, snacks, cups, a plates, cuttlery - everything we would use during the day, so we did not need to unpack the whole car to make a roll.
    Above these I packed another 3 plastic crates (1 each for clothes and a BIG one for bedding),and a ENGEL 40-litre fridge behind the passenger seat, so the co-driver could access it without stopping for the odd cold whatever....
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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    Quote Originally Posted by lekhubu943 View Post
    There are metal replacements for the plastic clips.

    https://www.outdoorwarehouse.co.za/p...ammo-box-clips

    @ Swartkat, I like your set-up.
    I use these. Direct fit replacement of the plastics. Wires tend to fall out.
    I use heat shrink on my clips to distinguish between box owners.
    We camp/overland with the ammo box system for clothing

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    Default Re: Use of ammo boxes in a drawer system

    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne P View Post
    I use these. Direct fit replacement of the plastics. Wires tend to fall out.
    Ah those look much better than the OW one's. Will keep it in mind. We don't use our ammo boxes in our current system, but there are few clips missing.
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