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Date:         Sat, 6 Jan 2018 13:18:48 -0800
Reply-To:     Alistair Bell <albell@SHAW.CA>
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From:         Alistair Bell <albell@SHAW.CA>
Subject:      Re: Clamshell toolbox
Comments: To: Stacy Schneider <vwcrewman@GMAIL.COM>
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You have any documentation backing this up? It’s interesting subject, perhaps the owners manual has big warnings in it saying that spare must be in place all the time?

Haven’t seen those warnings but maybe you have. Not being snarky, I truly would like to see the documentation.


> On Jan 6, 2018, at 12:34 PM, Stacy Schneider <vwcrewman@GMAIL.COM> wrote: > > I would not drive a van without a spare tire up front. The tire is part of the crash worthiness of these vans. > I want all the protection I can get. Even if you have a rear mounted tire you can always leave the stock wheel in place. > > Stacy > > Sent from my iPhone > >> On Jan 6, 2018, at 11:13 AM, Ralph Meyermann <ralphmeyermann@GMAIL.COM> wrote: >> >> No pics yet, I have some of my original adapted one. The refined version >> should be lighter/cleaner looking and seal out the elements better. Weight >> depends on how much tools/parts you cram inside. Mine got kinda heavy for

>> the 12day 3k mile West coast trip and back. >> >> >>> On Jan 6, 2018 1:09 PM, "Chris S" <> wrote: >>> >>> I like the idea. Extra diesel fuel tank? My thought is that anything heavy >>> in spare tire cavity will be difficult to close. Got pics? >>> >>> Chris >>> >>>> Wiadomość napisana przez Ralph Meyermann <ralphmeyermann@GMAIL.COM> w >>> dniu 06.01.2018, o godz. 10:34: >>>> >>>> Howdy Volks. After going with a rear spare tire carrier, I was pondering >>>> what to do with that available space. I ended up adapting my home made >>>> larger clamshell/tire carrier into a toolbox. I found it handy. >>> Currently I >>>> took it to my machine/Fab shop guys to make a refined design/prototype.

>>>> Roughly 27"x 27" the front of it has 45° angles on the sides and 7" >>> tall. >>>> The first quote was $211. I went downs and verified a few design aspects >>>> including a better sealing surface for the lid and how it fastens down.

>>> The >>>> first one/prototype is currently being built. Looking at $211-$250 final >>>> cost from machine shop, I don't know what shipping or anything could be

>>>> yet. Hopefully It'll be what I envision and be able to have them >>> available >>>> for those with alternative spare tire carriers. Storage is worth it's >>>> weight in gold, Westy or tin top. >>>

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