Practical Guide to Buying a Storage Box
Whether you're going on a trip with your family and friends, or just simply going to drive on your way to and from work, storing your stuff in your vehicle's trunk can be a chaotic task. Without an organized storage space to put your tools and other stuff, it can easily get cluttered in your cargo area. There's also danger in damaging your trunk, or worse, the expensive equipment you are carrying. What you need is a storage box to manage your belongings.
Before purchasing a storage box, keep in mind the sizes of the usual equipment you transport, and the size of your cargo area. Do you usually travel with plenty of small items that can get lost somewhere in the flooring of your trunk? You can purchase either an under-seat storage box, or a storage box with built-in compartments for small objects. However, if you bring equipment that requires you to store them in an upright position-like camera tripods and pole cats-you need a vertical storage unit.
As with any product, the material of your storage box is important. Always choose a top-grade box made of robust plastic to protect your cargo from debris and moisture. Hard plastic also prevents fragile items from breaking, since it cancels out the forces you incur when speeding or braking.
Steel box and racks
If you are a frequent camper or off-roader, the best choice for you would be a box made of steel. It provides more than protection from debris and moisture, because steel boxes usually come with pick-resistant locks.
A steel rack is also advisable for trucks. It is usually adjustable to directly fit your truck bed, and its rack design is versatile enough to secure light-weight camping and gear, and heavy tools of any shape or size.
Cargo Box Installation: A Step-by-Step Guide
In our fast-paced world, mobility takes precedence over lots of things. Hence, storage space in our vehicles becomes a major concern when we want to be mobile without packing light. There is no need to leave that crate of apples you were planning to give your mother this weekend, by installing a cargo box in your car, you never have to leave stuff anymore. Here's a quick guide:
Tools you need:
- U-bolts, plates, twist-on nuts (provided with your cargo box)
Difficulty level: Easy
Step 1: Place the cargo box on the vehicle's crossbars.
Step 2: Open the box and you should see holes on its flooring. Align these holes with your vehicle's front crossbar.
Step 3: With the u-bolts, plates and twist-on nuts, attach the box to the front crossbar of your vehicle.
Step 4: Place the plate over one set of holes, then insert the u-bolt through it and twist on the nuts to permanently attach the box into position.
Step 5: Repeat Step 4 for all the remaining set of holes.
- Always mind the position of your cargo box. It should not obstruct any door or hatches, or obstruct lines of sight (especially in the windshield area.)
- Make sure the box is firmly attached, or else, your cargo might fall off when you drive fast. Push and pull the cargo box, if there is any movement, screw in harder the nuts to tighten the connecting pieces.
- This installation guide is for a cargo box mounted on your vehicle's roof.