Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Storage Farkle for Scarlett

So I was wandering about the local Home Depot and stumbled upon this little storage gem.

Image Source: Home Depot

It was the right dimensions: 22" x 13" x 6.5" (55.8mm x 33mm x 16.5mm) to fit nicely on top of the cargo rag that is mounted on top of the spare tire on Scarlett, my 2014 URAL Patrol Sidecar Rig.  It is, in fact, slightly larger than the recycled ammunition can that I had hard mounted onto the bottom of the sidecar's trunk area.  LINK

It's got a dust/water seal so should do a better job than the ammo can did in keeping things dry inside.

For the price ($29), you really get a nice bit of storage space, that when mounted, is lockable yet easily accessible and in my case can hold everything I had stashed in the ammo can under the sidecar's trunk!

Here's initial views of the storage box, just lying on top of the cargo rack over the spare tire:

 The object in the bag?  Tripod.


Next, I removed the inside organizers and plastic dividers:

 The orange plastic bins just lift out, as do the plastic dividers
holding the orange bins in place laterally.

 Now, no bins, just the plastic dividers, which came out.

I also popped out the plastic insert on the top lid to
gain about another inch or so of storage vertically.

There's four anchor points, two on each side of the case, 
which are used to clamp these cases to other cases made by 
Ridgid as a set.  I used them to anchor the case to the 
storage rack.

 The entire contents of the ammo can fit comfortably
within the confines of the tool case, with a little room to spare!

I used one of the four anchor points as a way
to mount a lock to keep honest people honest.

The whole process took less than 30 minutes, including the securing of the box to the rack using metal wire ties, with velcro straps as secondary tie-downs.  The velcro straps are removable, the metal wire ties are insurance, and yes, the forward two straps will have to be removed in order to access the spare tire.

I believe I'll end up painting the orange square with the Ridgid logo in black soon.  

Now, what to carry in the ammo can?  So many storage options now on my sidecar rig!

Update:  I applied some black retro-reflective tape to cover the Ridgid logo on top of the case.  Also, using velcro as primary tie-down mechanism since I can tension it, and using small snaplinks as "just in case" anchors.  Going to use the old ammo box under the sidecar for carrying consumables such as oils.


RichardM said...

That looks like a pretty nice case. It kind of looks like a Pelican case, is it made as well?

redlegsrides said...

It's nice but not Pelican nice but then again, much less expensive. It's built quite durable to my untrained eye though, we'll see how well it does this coming Winter.

Unknown said...

Great job. I assume you use that as a camera case also ?

redlegsrides said...

Marc, with the right foam padding, sure! But am trying out using a tank bag as camera bad for now, see recent posting on blog

Trobairitz said...

Looks good Dom. Nice to find storage for bikes at a reasonable price.

VStar Lady said...

That one does look good - suits the Ural well.

redlegsrides said...

Trobairitz and VStar Lady, thank you Ladies for commenting. So far, so good.

Dar said...

Nice case Dom!

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Dar!