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Here’s some pictures of a customized Rubbermaid Action Packer including a hinge on the lid reinforced with electrical conduit, wire organizers attached to the inside, a knife rack, and paper towel holder for the outside.
The author mentions Viewtainer Storage Containers that he uses to store small items held in the lid of the box with bungee cords (very clever idea!)
We’ve carried patrol gear in Action Packers for many years. I never gave much thought to modifying them, but this customized approach certainly suggests some interesting ideas.
In the 80’s, I made a couple of really nice chuck boxes out of plywood. The first was made of 1/2″ plywood. It held everything that we needed to bring, but I always complained about the weight.
I made the next one out of 3/8″ plywood. It was lighter, but by the time we loaded up the stove, pots and pans and other odds and ends, it was still too heavy…
Here is what I ended up with based on the last few times that we were camping.
When you get to camp, there is a towel bar, a paper towel holder and a wire shelf that get attached to the outside with wing nuts. There are a couple of pieces of curved emt (electrical tubing) that helps reinforce the piano hinge.
Light weight bungee cords secure the Viewtainers to the lid even while closed. Inside the Viewtainers are things like matches and tinder, forks and spoons, first aid, mantles, condiments, Splenda, tea bags, Instant coffee, spare parts and a whole lot more.
from a post at FJ Crusier Forums.
Bret Niemeyer says
Is there a detail drawing for how the bungee cords secure Viewtainers to the Action Packer lid? i.e. drilled holes, pop riveted eye loops, etc.
Mark West says
Maybe I am too much of a “traditionalist” or “Old-School”. For many the Action Packer type Patrol Box system works wonderfully and has several benefits, I still prefer the old heavy, hard to manage Chuck (Patrol) box. I think I feel this way because too often our Scouts take the easy way out. I am a firm believer in not taking the easy way out and therefore I would rather deal with the many complications/issues that come with wooden Patrol Boxes.
Clarke Green says
‘We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it we go to smooth it. We have it rough enough at home…’‘ The temptation is to buy this or that bit of indispensable camp kit has been too strong and we have gone to the blessed woods handicapped with a load fit for a pack mule. That is not how to do it. Go light, and the lighter the better so that you have the simplest material for health comfort and enjoyment. ‘ – Nessmuk
This is absolutely awesome!