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Old 04-12-12, 07:10 PM
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Great trailer box

Wanted to mention this:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sterilite-...-of-2/11014791

I have been searching a long time for a solid, lockable, waterproof, lightweight, inexpensive box to use on my Burley flatbed trailer, and this fits the bill! Very pleased with it, so far. It is probably not the most durable thing in the world, but it was only $20. Apparently if you order them online you get 2 for $39.95. Not bad...
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Kinda cool!
Let me throw some cold water on it though... Sterlite plastic bins don't hold up all that well, IME. I live in Colorado where it's dry with high UV, and it seems the Sterlite plastics get brittle over the span of a couple years, as compared to Rubbermaid. For $20 though, one could replace as necessary I guess.
I had plans to use something similar on my flatbed, but am using a Rubbermaid with a removable top I already had.
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Rubbermaid, The 4 lock holes in the lid,& flange, also provide a tie down.
High UV, more at higher altitude, is always a problem with synthetics..

Consider Opaque white paint? or a canvas tarp over it to block the UV rays.
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Yes, it's a good thing it is so cheap. Everything seems to get brittle over a couple of years, lasts a bit longer if it's covered. I've even thought about getting some bright orange spray paint for plastic because it's an invisible light gray color.
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Kinda cool!
Let me throw some cold water on it though... Sterlite plastic bins don't hold up all that well, IME. I live in Colorado where it's dry with high UV, and it seems the Sterlite plastics get brittle over the span of a couple years, as compared to Rubbermaid. For $20 though, one could replace as necessary I guess.
I had plans to use something similar on my flatbed, but am using a Rubbermaid with a removable top I already had.
IMO there is no better plastic "box" than the Rubbermaid "Action Packer" line of chests. Tough,tough,tough they are are!!!

http://www.rubbermaid.com/Category/P...od_ID=RP091427

Once in awhile Rubbermaid will run these boxes in colors so look around if it's color you want. (mine is red & 20 yrs old. )
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I've looked at the Action Packers and they were too much $$ for me. I sprayed the top of this cheap box with safety orange, and attached a SMV plastic triangle at one end. I'll get a pic of it strapped to my flatbed trailer during daylight when I have it out for my next foray.
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Look up "Strong Box Tote" or "Tough Box" at Home Depot, they sell for like $15 and are very strong.

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Here is what I use on my flat bed when I need a covered/open box:





http://www.walmart.com/ip/SmartBin-S...50gal/16795319
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Hmm , a second set of 349 size wheels for matching the Brompton ..

my Flat bed uses Burly CoOps original design, 2 front wheels ,
100mm axle , rim dished to the outside , to widen the track..

Brompton use a narrower hub,so just changing the Axle to a wide one
and making it off center on the axle would do the same thing ..
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