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Bed storage container ideas

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Metalnut, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. Jan 5, 2016 at 12:19 AM
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    Metalnut

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    Hey all,

    I'm curious how you all keep stuff organized in the bed of the truck when you're on your adventures (or even daily driving). I have a set of tools, road flares, jumper cables, snatch strap, shovel, etc., that I would like to keep locked up in the bed, especially if going offroad. I'm considering this storage container, either in the 35 or 48 gallon size: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CFV0DO/

    It's pricey and a bit bulky, with smaller internal dimensions, so I'm wondering if there are better options out there? How do you guys pack your things?

    I should mention that I'd rather not keep things in the cab as I often have dogs back there. :)
     
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  2. Jan 5, 2016 at 12:29 AM
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    I too am considering some sort of tote for in the bed. So far I have this for shovel/axe mounts:

    image.jpg image.jpg

    I also have this for my back seat:

    image.jpg

    The tote in the back seat has recovery gear and tools. The backpack is a 3 day bugout bag full of camping and survival gear

    Yes, I regularly keep my interior that clean
     
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  3. Jan 5, 2016 at 1:02 AM
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    Most tools go in the tool box underneath back seat. I keep a rubbermaid tote in the bed for jumpers,tow rope/chains, tiedowns, water bottles.
     
  4. Jan 5, 2016 at 1:23 AM
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    Looks like a 3V pack. I love that line of gear... I bought 2 of their packs last year.
     
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  5. Jan 5, 2016 at 2:49 AM
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    SamChieftan

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    I bought this EXACT container in mid December and have travelled 2100 miles with it since then. (Mostly highway)

    It is a pain in the butt to carry by yourself, but stores things great. It is all plastic with no WEATHERSTRIPPING, but I drove it back to Dallas in the torential rain and tornadoes last month and NOTHING inside got wet.

    Also, Amazon prices fluctuate from $80 to $130 for this. Try walmart instead. Cost me $5 bucks extra to deliver to my DOOR at home.

    www.walmart.com/ip/Rubbermaid-48-Gallon-Action-Packer/10569596

    Here is a pick of how I secured it. I didn't have a lock for it so just used a tarp strap as extra security for it not to open. Yes it is REDNECK, but wanted to be safe and secure.

    20151223_141502.jpg
     
  6. Jan 5, 2016 at 6:14 AM
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    Doesn't look bad to me. I will probably go the same route to be honest... Looks like it has lots of room for tools and gear inside, but leaves enough space to the sides over the fenderwells for longer items and plenty of room to the rear for my dogs.
     
  7. Jan 5, 2016 at 6:19 AM
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    What kind of clamps are holding the shovel and axe? Looks super clean. Do they just bolt to the bed rail?
     
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  8. Jan 5, 2016 at 6:21 AM
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    Yes lots of room inside. My wife had a large suitcase and tons of Christmas presents inside. Notice how it fits under the side tracks ... I wanted something that would fit under a cover whenever I get one.

    Also the container never moved at all on the highway or on any of the rough back roads I was on.
     
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  9. Jan 5, 2016 at 6:22 AM
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    +1 that looks badass
     
  10. Jan 5, 2016 at 6:43 AM
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    They're called quick fist clamps, i got them off of Amazon

    Original Quick Fist® Clamp for mounting tools & equipment 1" - 2-1/4" diameter (Pack of 2) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CQPANY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_rL9IwbMNPRW9P

    I made the brackets myself out of some flat steel, bought stainless hardware at Lowes to mount the quick fists to the flat steel, and painted them with black rustoleum.

    The hardware to mount the flat steel to the bed rails came from 4xinnovations:
    https://www.4xinnovations.com/mobile/Toyota-Bed-Rail-Accessory-Hardware-Kit_p_21.html

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    I used this thread to do the project: https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/diy-hi-lift-and-tool-mounts.260147/
     
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    Sweet! I didn't realize it'd fit between the fenders like that, I thought it was just a tad too wide. Also good to know that it fits under a cover, as I have a tonneau cover and wanted to make sure that whatever I got would fit under there. Is it RIGHT at the edge, or is there some room? I ask since I have the Toyota rubber bed mat which is probably 1/4" thick or so.

    I think that's the route I'm going to go as well.
     
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    Thanks for posting the link to that write up, great info in there!
     
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    That reminds me - I need some fire extinguishers for home & garage... Any recommendations?
     
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    Thanks, guys. I thought they were quick fists, but the bracket they were bolted on threw me off. Maybe I can try making that with aluminum stock when it warms up.
     
  18. Jan 5, 2016 at 8:47 AM
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    Great ideas guys!
     
  19. Jan 5, 2016 at 12:11 PM
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    I got one of those black Walmart totes and secured it in with bungee cords. The top has some cup holders and storage trays.

    image.jpg
     
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    Any more details on that tote? Better pics and/or a link would be great, thanks!
     
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