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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 11-04-2017, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Well after a good few months of use I thought I'd update this thread. The basket is still holding strong and worked like a dream for a road trip to upstate New York in July. That trip was one of the biggest reasons for building the basket because I knew I needed a place to store a generator as well as gear. Using the unistrut crossbars allowed us to mount a Yakima Rocketbox and still have enough room to sit a generator next to it. Here are a few photos of test fitting everything up there and then a couple shots when we were on the road to New York.





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Found a good deal on some Wavian NATO style jerry cans and picked up a 10l and 20l last weekend and decided see how ell the basket could be packed with what I have for camping gear. So far it seems that 2 Plano 30" Truck boxes, one 8gal. Action Packer and 2 20l Jerry cans fill it up pretty well.







There Is still some wasted space and I need to come up with a good cargo net to hold everything down but it was nice to load it all up and see what would fit.

I have some ideas for a version 2.0 that bolts together and is made of low-pro unistrut that will use a little more of the roof space available.
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You ever finish version 2?
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You ever finish version 2?
No I never got a chance to put Version 2.0 together most due to budget. the current one has been working just fine.
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You ever finish version 2?
So not to dig up a dead thread but I finally decided to model up the V2.0 idea I had. This option might be about the same cost as V1.0 but is all bolt together so a little more DIY friendly.



This is the general shape with some added length over V1.0 so as to maximize usable area.



This is with V1.0 overlayed to show the difference in length. The plan would be to also include a piece of aluminium angle at/around the back to prevent cargo from sliding off.

According to my modeling software, V2.0 would be about 5lbs lighter than V1.0 but the hardware was not accounted for in this calc and might make up that difference. V2.0 would also place the cargo a bit higher than V1.0 so there's that too.
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