What to do with a Ruenel cargo basket? I've been pleased with the versatility of my cargo basket overall, I've built a chainsaw specific box that allows two five gallon jerrys to ride alongside or just leave it open to haul an ice chest/storage boxes/firewood. The latest variation allows me to secure my Honda generator out of the elements and away from "interested" parties.
I started out with a semi-fluid plan and worked out the details as I progressed...
- The box is constructed out of 3/4" marine grade plywood (heavy but sturdy)
- Applied Raptor liner to the exterior to make it look metal and for protection
- Door hinges, latches, handles and interior hinged shelf are marine grade stainless steel
- Inside treated with exterior grade polyurethane
- Wrapped door opening with weather stripping
- Drilled partial thickness holes for the "legs" of the generator to sit in to reduce movement
- Added tie down points for straps for the generator and rotopax fuel container.
- Added hinged shelf above the generator for extra storage
- Still in the works - having an additional basket welded up to mount on top of the box for more storage.
- Mounted the box's door facing the rear of the van. With the Ruenel swing away basket there is a spot to add a padlock and no way to swing it out without cutting the lock off.
Overall, happy with the functionality, but if I was to do it over there are a few things I'd do a little differently. Thought this would be a little more budget friendly, but of course they never are - Total cost approximately $450
2001 Sportsmobile RB50 7.3
West Central Mountains, Idaho