Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2018 21:55:20 -0600
Reply-To: Ralph Meyermann <ralphmeyermann@GMAIL.COM>
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From: Ralph Meyermann <ralphmeyermann@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Baja Whale Trip....incredible
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Keep rubbing it in why don't ya! I need a kyak a good 5 speed for my mtdi
and comfy seats to make it from Iowa
On Jan 6, 2018 9:11 PM, "Stacy Schneider" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I second that and I second that.
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Jan 6, 2018, at 6:37 PM, Richard Koerner <rjkinpb@SBCGLOBAL.NET>
> > Not to sideslip my own thread, but the journey to Baja to touch the Gray
> Whales is an incredible experience:
> > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIZ1Zwv4VuM&feature=youtu.be
> > FYI....I'm the guy in the blue jacket and blue baseball cap...I was
> pretty talkative!
> > All you've got to do now is coax Listmember Mark Drillock and his wife
> Anne that they are ready and willing to do another venture down there; they
> know the territory like nobody else. Man, it's just such a great
> > From: Ralph Meyermann <ralphmeyermann@GMAIL.COM>
> > To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM
> > Sent: Saturday, January 6, 2018 5:55 PM
> > Subject: Re: UnderVan Storage for tools and whatnot
> > Jealous! Wanting to do the Baja trip! Told my daughter we're going before
> > she hits college in 6 yrs. Was hoping to do the aux fuel tank and a new
> > diesel fueled heater set up which would take up the space under the
> > I figured the clamshell toolbox would be a fairly easy/somewhat cost
> > efficient mod to do
> >> On Jan 6, 2018 7:49 PM, "Richard Koerner" <email@example.com>
> >> I've been following this thread....good ideas. Personally, having the
> >> spare tire in the clamshell is easy for me and the extra bit of front
> >> crash protection is also welcomed.
> >> But as a 28+ year Vanagon owner, we are always looking for extra storage
> >> space in otherwise unused nooks and crannies. For instance....I keep a
> >> fold-up umbrella in the ventilation channel in the driver side front
> >> and I keep a set of jumper cables, a spare fuel pump, gas filter, and
> >> Ignition Switch shoved down in the space on the passenger side next to
> >> radiator behind the upper grill; these are bagged in heavy plastic;
> >> great....5 slot screws and you are in.
> >> I used to carry an old school 1 gallon metal gas can full of fuel inside
> >> my Tintop 85 Vanagon under the rear seat; always bothered me a little
> >> having gasoline stored on the inside of a vehicle.
> >> So I built a plywood box made from 3/4" scrap wood. About 24" long x 8"
> >> wide x 6" high. It mounts via screws from above to the under side of
> >> Vanagon; in that "empty" space under the Slider Door. The box has a
> >> door with a keyed lock; everything is painted Flat Black. No loss of
> >> ground clearance; not noticeable at all really (never been looked at by
> >> Mexican officials when traveling to see the whales in Baja for
> instance); I
> >> even put a circle of black electrical tape over the key entrance on the
> >> door of the box to prevent ingress of crud into the lock and also to
> >> hide the shiny lock; add a little road dirt and everything becomes
> >> much invisible to most folks. I keep the key in my glovebox, and can
> >> access this "hidden" storage box with a minimum of fuss in like 15
> >> That's where I keep my 1 gallon can of gasoline, and I also keep a 1
> >> gallon can of Coleman Fuel for my old school stove which I use outside.
> >> But such a box would also be a great place to store tools and whatnot.
> >> Since I have a Tintop and not a Westy with propane tanks, I'm
> >> building a 2nd plywood box for the Driver Side.
> >> Rich
> >> San Diego
> >> From: Ralph Meyermann <ralphmeyermann@GMAIL.COM>
> >> To: vanagon@GERRY.VANAGON.COM
> >> Sent: Saturday, January 6, 2018 7:34 AM
> >> Subject: Clamshell toolbox
> >> Howdy Volks. After going with a rear spare tire carrier, I was
> >> 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"
> >> The first quote was $211. I went downs and verified a few design
> >> including a better sealing surface for the lid and how it fastens down.
> >> 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
> >> for those with alternative spare tire carriers. Storage is worth it's
> >> weight in gold, Westy or tin top.