wannakillacoyote

Custom gun box for back of SUV?

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Hey guys, I am thinking of building some sort of Box for the back of my Jeep Cherokee. It would have multiple drawers and hold all my hunting stuff (calls, stools, shooting sticks, etc. etc) plus a drawer made to fit a shotgun, rifle and handgun. This drawer would be foam lined and locking. I just think it would be nice not having all my stuff just back there (especially for peering eyes). Also, it would avoid any questions about having my firearms in a locked container in transport.Anyway, I haven't seen anything like this already made, so I will probably have to build it myself. I can do it with wood, but I think that will be heavy. Aluminum would be preferred, but I don't have the skills or tools to work with Aluminum.Here is a rough draft of what I am talking about.jeepgunboxte0.png

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I also found these Truck VaultTalk about expensive!!I think I will just go custom. I want my rifle/shotgun drawer to be just deep enough for a Rifle and Shotgun with maybe room for a couple handguns. I want the rifle/shotgun to run width wise (so the end of the barrels are pointed to the sides of the vehicle). I also want the whole thing to use approx 1/2 of the depth between my back seat and the back hatch. That way I can still use some floor space for oversized items etc. I also plan to put some sort of lip on the top and add some tidowns to the top. This way I can throw stuff on the top of the box when needed.

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Wannakill, I would look at having a fabricator make something you want in the material you want. Most fabricators can make and bend almost anything now a days. I friend of mine who moved to Montana has a Grand Cherokee. He had a fabricator make a 5 rifle/shotgun (padded and all) sliding drawer that was formed so that you can't even tell there are guns stored beneath the carpeted flooring above it. It was 6" deep, 45" long for the longest guns and maybe 10" wide for each section. He padded it with foam he picked up at Home Depo. I think he even bought the flush locking mechanisms from there. I don't know how much the fabricator charged him for that set up but it has to be worth every penny.

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I wouldn't even know where to look for a "Fabricator". I ASSuME you are talking about having something built with sheetmetal. It sounds REALLY nice, but expensive to me. Also, for my Jeep Cherokee, since it is a SMALL SUV, there really isn't room to run the rifles towards the front and back. The only way I would be able to fit my 28" shotgun is to run it side to side. With the wheel wells in the back of the cargo area, this means the drawer HAS to be ABOVE the wheel wells. There will be no way to make it appear as a false floor. Also, I will not be permanently storing rifles/shotguns in my vehicle. This drawer will be used on hunting/range trips only. I just want something a bit more suttle than having gun cases in the back of my Jeep. I'm trying to avoid the looky-loos and the possible smash and grab crowd. If I was doing an overnight somewhere, I would still probably bring my gun cases so I could transport the firearms inside with me overnight.Just trying to give you an idea as to what this will be used for. So, since the drawer HAS to be installed in such a way to clear the rear wells, I may as well have some functional storage below since it will need the support anyway. If I'm gonna do that, why not add an additional drawer to double my firearm capacity or for other items. So, after my configuration, I think it would be too costly for what I want. If I use wood, my only costs are materials (which I think would be much less that metal materials).Whatya think?

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Haha, maybe. Still hoping someone will pipe in with an already made box close to what I have described at a great price. Also hoping someone with more wood working experience than I will pipe in with suggestions as to how to lighten the weight of the box while still being strong enough to be functional. :1019:

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The wood will be heavy and use up a lot of "space" as compared to something made from metal. Do you know anyone who works in a machine shop or does A/C install work???

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Maybe, I guess i could ask the guy that works on our A/C at my work? Do A/C guys weld stuff up? Or is the fabrication you guys are talking about not welded?

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A/C guys should be able to weld but it might not be needed as they can form seams or rivet.I made one for my Expedition that I copied from the truck vault design. I bought the long drawer guides online. I made mine of plywood but it attaches to the vehicle where the third seat attached. I have metal fab tool and could have built it from aluminum or steel but I put carpet on top and the wood was faster to fab. It would be difficult to break into even if they got into the car. I covered the edges with angle iron so you can't pry it apart. It's just two long drawers for rifles and whatever. I'll take a picture of it when it gets back from hunting. I lent it to a friend for use out of state.

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Thanks John, that would be great to see the pics.

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Hmmm, yeah that would work.But the gas in that thing has got to be sky high. :)

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Haha, maybe. Still hoping someone will pipe in with an already made box close to what I have described at a great price. Also hoping someone with more wood working experience than I will pipe in with suggestions as to how to lighten the weight of the box while still being strong enough to be functional. :)
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Here is one I was gonna copy for my 4Runner-Storage/Sleeping platformAnd here's a more low profile one-Lo profile storage drawersThe main thing holding me back from making either was weight, I didn't want to have to keep lugging it in and out of my truck, so I was hoping it wouldn't weigh that much. But both of those weigh quite a bit, and with the price of petrol I couldn't see building one.How about those huge ABS plastic boxes (action packers I think they call them) they sell at wal mart? The one pictured is 37"x17.5"x14" Would one of those fit your rifles? You would just have to figure a way to secure it to your cargo area, maybe ratcheting tie downs would work. That is what I have been thinking about getting. I still like the idea of having a nice sleeping platform though.31Z0DE6G3QL._SS400_.jpg

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Mine holds ten soft cased rifles, ammo, cleaning supplies, and has room underneath for two shooting benches. When empty it is light enough to be carried by one old man. It does fill the cargo area of a '92 Bronco. Construction materials were 2X2 lumber, 3/8" plywood, masonite and wood screws. Tools were a table saw, electric drill, and a screw driver. Was built in one day by a klutz. :yikes[1]: Has survived for 15 years of trips to N. CA, & WY with many miles of rough roads. Dimensions were determined by measuring rifles, ammo boxes and the Bronco cargo area. :D

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Thank's for the comment, Grant.Here's a pic of the box. Outside dimensions - 49" L X 26" W X 26" H.post-16-1223223433_thumb.jpgSpace on the sides holds camp stools, shooting mat, lug wrench, levi leg sand bags, etc.

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Hey,A17, thanks for the pic. Any chance to get some more? Is the top part a drawer? Where do the 10 softcase rifles go? How heavy would you say it is?

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Hey,A17, thanks for the pic. Any chance to get some more? Is the top part a drawer? Where do the 10 softcase rifles go? How heavy would you say it is?

The upper compartment is an empty box, without any drawer functions. The unit weighs about 30 lbs.

post-16-1223234353_thumb.jpgThe inside corner is shown for some details of the build. The hole is for those extra long rifles, such as the 6X284 with a 30" barrel & a muzzle break. The recess along the rails is to allow the top to sit flush with the rails. Similar recesses are used on both shelf installations. post-16-1223234398_thumb.jpgThe top is just a piece of 3/8" plywood with corner notches cut and a handgrip hole.post-16-1223234380_thumb.jpgThe shooting bench is shown partially stowed underneath the organizer box.post-16-1223234335_thumb.jpgTried to use the KISS principle when building the box.

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Cool, thanks for the pics.

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