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Re: Drawer System. Ideas.

Posted: 05 Feb 2015 10:50
by biggles
So if you buy the 25mm connector you need 25mm aluminium square section?

Any one have dimensions of thier drawer systems. I am stuck at work for 2 weeks and only seeing the troll mid-month. I want to get a some drawings done and how many connectors and tube i need.

Re: Drawer System. Ideas.

Posted: 06 Feb 2015 09:09
by Carel
I don't have drawings for my system but I would change a few things if I had to redo it. The joints marked on the photo (on all sides as well) is not necessary and one could use a continuous piece of tubing running down.
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Re: Drawer System. Ideas.

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 18:10
by biggles
I started this thread almost 2 years ago and made 0 progress. But a new troll and a big trip coming up in April have spurred me on.

I found this idea and wondered if anyone had done it? This is definitely what i want to do.

Re: Drawer System. Ideas.

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 18:27
by biggles
So after a lot of scribbling I have come to the conclusion that I will have the fridge slide permanently fixed to the floor like I did in my old patrol and the drawer system sits next to it. It will also be modular in that the top drawer can be removed.
Behind the seat will be a box running the full lenght that will have the second battery and a water tank I plan to tap out to the rear bumper.

I also have some original idea for contruction :wink: Watch this space.

Re: Drawer System. Ideas.

Posted: 11 Jan 2017 23:50
by Kagiso II
My drawer system is for sale . Come have a look-see and make an offer I cannot refuse. I need the rear space for the Outreach and this system was designed for a small family .. It would supplement a camping offraod trailer bakgat like
[fotos tomorrow or so :-) ]

Re: Drawer System. Ideas.

Posted: 12 Jan 2017 14:46
by Tinus lotz
Biggles have a look at the drawer system Piet build u have one and andre has one works great ....i dont like the new floor idea :mytwocents:

Re: Drawer System. Ideas.

Posted: 12 Jan 2017 15:21
by Chris Skinner
Kagiso II wrote:My drawer system is for sale . Come have a look-see and make an offer I cannot refuse. I need the rear space for the Outreach and this system was designed for a small family .. It would supplement a camping offraod trailer bakgat like
[fotos tomorrow or so :-) ]
Yip, Im keen to have a look!
Please post some pics.

Can send some pics to my watsapp 082 5zero54135

Re: Drawer System. Ideas.

Posted: 20 Jan 2017 08:57
by biggles
So after discovering Sketch-Up my plans have surged ahead. Construction is 19mm aluminium square tube and "connect its", aluminium sheet, 10cm hard board/ ply, and aluminium "angle iron"

It is a modular unit that can just be the bottom two drawers. The bottom drawer can open through the small barn door. Or two bottom and a big upper drawer. The hinge lid is there so you can get at stuff from inside the car. As my recovery gear will be in the drawer... I have a habit of getting myself in to a situation I cannot open the rear door (don't ask!!). Not being able to get to recovery gear would be a disaster!! Hence the hinged lid on the drawer. The lid gets removed when you put on the top drawer system and the top drawer gets the lid.

I wanted to maximize space so kept tolerances tight. You will see that the concept is that the rails for the drawers are directly on the base. So the sides are not supporting the drawer. That also means the rails are low and can be accommodated into a recess in the base of the drawer. I noted some drawer systems will, due to design, have up to 4cm gap between the two drawers to accomodate the 19mm square tube and the rails. P.S. Not pictured are the hardboard sides that sits between the aluminium square tube to add torsional rigidity.

I am debating whether to connect the drawers directly to the slides. Or have them sit in a cradle so the drawers can be lifted out. I would imagine that being able to remove the drawer will make life easier in a number of occasions.

The top drawer system will fit onto the "connect it" sticking up from the bottom drawer system. I will pin it down somehow and have a cable tied down to the base. The hinged lid will also fit onto the connect it that sticks up so the top drawer will also have a hinge lid.

Anyway this is a first pass and I have almost a month to think about it before i start construction.

Water and dual battery will go behind the rear seats. Upper and lower drawers will sit next to the fridge and be the same height.

Re: Drawer System. Ideas.

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 11:17
by biggles
So the design is finalised. Very similar to what I posted. Main difference is the drawers will be loose and can be taken out off the slides. I am also forgoing water and behind the drawer will be a sloped box for USB charging. It will have padded leaves to put cels, tablets, go-pro, batteries, laptops, etc in. Lockable, semi concealed and accessed by pulling the seat forward. It is a common issue on trips keeping everything charged and stowed on long trips. It is just next to teh battery as well. So security and convenience.

Some help from a fellow forumite and I have sources most of the bits. Going to build the bulk of it so i have accurate measurements before getting the aluminium sheeting and get it cut when I buy it. Guillotine cuts are much nicer than me and hacksaw!!

I am wondering where to get the black pile carpet that most commercial drawer systems use? I presume a material wholesaler?

Re: Drawer System. Ideas.

Posted: 08 Feb 2017 11:20
by biggles
Pics of the changes