Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-04-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
yvrr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Newark, CA
Posts: 795
Swing out jerry can box holder

It seems that most of those on this list have newer vans with Aluminess bumpers and their associated boxes. Our 2001 SMB has the then-available optional steel Reunel bumpers with the rear one fitted with a swing-out jerry can box. While the spring-loaded latch for the box seems up to the task of holding the box in the closed position under normal circumstances, the latch has a tendency to disengage while off-roading, resulting in the box (typically loaded with four 5-gallon jerry cans of water) swinging out while negotiating a steep or rough spot on the trail.

After the last time this happened (on a trip to Death Valley with some other SMB owners), I decided I needed fix the problem for good. I solved the problem by supplement the latch with an 18”-long gate cane bolt. Cane bolts are used to hold pairs of gates in place by dropping into pipes in the ground. They come with a couple of holders which are bolted to the gate to hold the cane bolt vertically. Here is my installation:





The holders were attached to the side of the jerry can box. The can bolt drops into a hole drilled through the top of the 3/8”-thick steel bumper. The right rear van door will hit the “handle” on the top of the cane bolt if it isn’t swung to the left to I dipped the handle in red Dip-It rubberized paint so that we’d hopefully not leave it in the wrong position. When we aren’t off-roading, I store the cane bolt inside the van.

Incidentally, the Reunel jerry can box was designed to fit WWII-era sized jerry cans. The cans that I purchased from Expedition Exchange many years ago gradually rusted inside (even though they were lined) and when I called a couple of weeks ago to replace them, I discovered that they are no longer available. After a lot of Internet searching, I found some nice ones at NRC (originally called Northwest River Supplies) which are listed as 6-3/8” wide. Many of the jerry/water cans that I found online didn’t list the width or were too wide for the total width I have available. These NRS cans are heavy duty but are just a little wider than listed. I can get four of them in our box but only if they are empty and are shoved into place. I won’t be able to remove them if full of water but I don’t do that and instead pump water from them into the inside water tank.
__________________

__________________
Jack
'01 Ford EB50p Quigley 4WD
yvrr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2012, 11:33 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Jeffrey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Posts: 1,656
Garage
Re: Swing out jerry can box holder

Jack, that's a lot of weight on that swinger, 160 pounds of H2O alone. It will eventually take it's toll on the carrier and it's hinges. Perhaps you can replace all the cans with one plastic tank that hopefully will fit in there fairly well:

http://www.plastic-mart.com/


Jeffrey
__________________

__________________
'07 RB-50 - My Photo Site -- K1JGS --
Jeffrey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-04-2012, 11:46 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
yvrr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Newark, CA
Posts: 795
Re: Swing out jerry can box holder

True, it is a lot of weight but that weight is all carried by the rear bumper when the basket is swung closed. The water cans themselves are about 5 lbs apiece and a larger but single container is still going to weigh in at at least 10 lbs.

We only fill the cans when we are headed out to boondock for more than a day or so. Otherwise, they are generally empty. After 11 years of occasional use so far, we haven't had any problems.
__________________
Jack
'01 Ford EB50p Quigley 4WD
yvrr is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Sportsmobile Registry

Silver Streak

Glider

quigley

4x4Ken
Add your Sportsmobile
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×