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MacHof

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My wife and I just returned from a 21 month trip in our TC through South America and Mexico. One the modifications we made was to take out the 60% part of our rear seat - we have a 2011 GMC Sierra 2500, extended cab - and install a fairly crude home built storage box, the second part of this post shows what we built.

My question to the forum is: Where can I buy a nicely made, safe, functional, durable, drawer storage system for the rear seat of our truck?

What I'm looking for is something like a truckvault, but the drawers would come out sideways from the extended / crew portion of the truck, and the drawers would be stacked on top of each other, instead of side by side. I would prefer a system that requires that the back seat is taken out, in order to maximize the storage space.

Before we left for our trip, I did a fair amount of searching, but couldn't find anything that would work. For the benefit of others who may be looking for the same type of storage, here are the links that I found, but I would much appreciate if someone can point me in the right direction.

From RV.net
http://www.rv.net/forum/Index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/18596845.cfm



From Expedition portall. This is a huge thread, but is all about home built drawer systems for the rear of SUVs / Landrovers / Jeeps et al, I couldn't find anything that fit our needs.
http://www.expeditionportal.com/forum/th......../9034-Post-up-your-drawer-storage-system

Vendors, all of these provide drawer systems for pickup beds and/or SUVs, but nothing for the rear seats of pickups.
http://www.truckvault.com/
http://www.mobilestrong.net/
http://www.adventuretrailers.com/drawer.html
http://www.4wdinteriors.com/roller_drawers.html
http://suvcargocaddy.com/index.html
http://www.orvis.com/store/product_search_tnail.aspx?dir_id=1089&group_id=25569
http://www.tuffyproducts.com/p-305-exten........d-cab-tactical-gear-security-drawer.aspx
http://www.du-ha.com/tote.html (thanks to dubob)

This may be the only site I could found that was offering a product in the right direction, but still not what I am looking for, nor do they offer it for a pickup.
http://www.bwidow.com.au/forward_floor/Forward_Twin_Floor.htm


Below is our box. Ideally I would like to replace our box with a purchased drawer system with a tall drawer on the bottom, and a couple of shallower drawers mounted on top.

Thanks for your help,
Henrik

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Until I can buy something better, here's what we installed in our truck for our trip through South America, Mexico, and part os the US. We have a 2011 GMC Sierra, Extended Cab, with an Apex 8 camper.

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We took out the 60% part of the rear seat - easy to do. There's a huge amount of usable space there. Although, there is just the two of us, we left the 40%, in case we had friends travel along, or picked up hitchhikers.
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We purchased a storage box from the Container Store that fit our dimensions.

We cut a piece of 3/4" plywood to form a platform in the rear seat, added threaded inserts to it, and then added eyelet bolts into the inserts. The eyelet bolts were adjusted to level the plywood floor, while providing enough room underneath for hiking boots and shoes, and then locked in place.

The platform was also attached to a convenient bolt protruding from the floor of the truck, which used to hold the lug wrench. This attachment adds some strength, but mainly prevents the platform from sliding around
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A second piece of 3/4" plywood was added inside the storage box, and bolts were run through it, through the storage box, and into the plywood forming the floor. The storage box was thus sandwiched between two pieces of 3/4" plywood.
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We used two straps from Rampage.
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The straps are attached to the floor mounting bolts for the rear seat assembly, and to the two u-shapes mounted on the rear wall of the cab; the rear seat assembly normally "hangs" from these two u-shapes. The strap are steel-reinforced and very strong.
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Given that the storage box, which is not strong in and of itself, is sandwiched between the plywood, and is enclosed by two very strong straps, which in turn are mounted to the points in the truck where the rear seat assembly is mounted, we felt fairly comfortable that it would stay put during a crash.

Total cost of material is around $200

While the storage box has been tremendously useful, and perhaps our pictures will give someone else ideas on what to do, the purpose of this post was to try and find a vendor who can supply what I'm looking for.

Cheers,
Henrik
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tuffy products makes them

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DU-HA makes a tote that can be mounted in a truck bed or inside an SUV as well as in the back seat area of a truck. Check them out at this URL.


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We put a plywood shelf in the back of ours and ratchet-strapped it down. We keep light stuff like maps, pens, clothes on the shelf.

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bbqfreak and dubob,

Thanks for suggestions. I added them to this thread, where I have listed other folks who make storage systems.

If others have ideas on where to purchase a storage system, please comment on that thread.

Thanks.

( sabconsulting: Fantastic travels. have to spend more time on your trip reports...)

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I combined two posts on the forum into this one post on rear seat storage.

My intent with this post is to find a vendor who sells what I am looking for. ( The description of what we built is in the thread more for background ).

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Perhaps this is what you're looking for? Truck Office


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MacHof,
I just joined RV.NET and found your post regarding storage for the backseat of your pickup. I too am looking for storage/shelving for the backseat of my truck (2014 GMC 2500HD Crew Cab. I've only recently started my search and came across your post; have you found anything that fit your needs?
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Zenstream,

Yes, I did. Take a look at ufyt-systems.com.

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Full disclosure: ufyt is a company that I started because I couldn't find the rear seat storage I was looking for. I'm happy to answer any questions you have via a private message, as it is against forum rules to use posts for commercial purposes.

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MacHof wrote:

Zenstream,

Yes, I did. Take a look at ufyt-systems.com.

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Full disclosure: ufyt is a company that I started because I couldn't find the rear seat storage I was looking for. I'm happy to answer any questions you have via a private message, as it is against forum rules to use posts for commercial purposes.

Cheers


I was just thinking that you would have to build what you described and then I saw this post and it's exactly what I had pictured building in my mind. This appears to be the solution many of us want.


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