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    Sand ladders for a 15 ton overland truck???

    I used to carry a pair of those grate things. I found them heavy, difficult to store, splintery, much too short and generally useless. They're visible in the rut below ...
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    Sand ladders for a 15 ton overland truck???

    Lots of traction aids out there, it appears. But not much for bridging washouts, severe ruts, etc., which for us is a frequent problem. Sad!
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    Sand ladders for a 15 ton overland truck???

    I have been searching unsuccessfully for years for suitable bridging ladders that are practical, packable and affordable. You'd think that with all the fabricators in the off-roading market these days, someone would see the opportunity. I've never needed traction mats, but I have many times had...
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    Cargo Boxes - Why you do. Why you don't

    It looks as though your box is resting on the multiple flat cross rails in your cargo rack. Is that correct? If so, that may distribute the weight and stresses better than if it were mounted on only two cross rails, as is typical.
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    Cargo Boxes - Why you do. Why you don't

    Odd thing is, my old unfashionable Sears clamshell box worked perfectly for many hard seasons. Shoulda kept it ... In the meantime ... I have 2 roof baskets (Yakima) that are good, but provide no convenient "civilization" parking-lot security. Looking for ideas for securing storage boxes ...
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    Cargo Boxes - Why you do. Why you don't

    One gets what one pays for. And it's about the cost if many things we spend money on to do this thing. Hell, a set of tires is nearly $1,000 and won't last me more than three seasons.
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    Cargo Boxes - Why you do. Why you don't

    Thanks for that idea! I did some reading, and it seems Packasport makes a good product but isn't a well-run company ... some fulfillment and customer-service probs. But those wouldn't be issues with a used one. I'll keep an eye out. Just hard to believe some engineer-ish entrepreneur hasn't...
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    Cargo Boxes - Why you do. Why you don't

    Well that's quite an endorsement! Do you think they still make 'em like they used to? :-)
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    Cargo Boxes - Why you do. Why you don't

    Thanks these suggestions, Robert. The plastic wrap on the round bars doesn't last long, either. My overall thought is that we shouldn't need to do any of this, given the cost of the stuff, and that Yakima is correct: Their products aren't made for us. Yet there does appear to be a market for...
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    Cargo Boxes - Why you do. Why you don't

    To respond to the title of this thread ... I am on my third Yakima rooftop box, packed and mounted properly on round bars. This is because Yakima's boxes in my experience consistently do not hold up for long under even mild dirt-road use ... no "four-wheeling," just basic two-tracks and other...
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    Why don't i see any Thule or Yakima boxes on Overland rigs?

    That is the sort of road Yakima approves of, and the kind we often drive as well. We also often travel the following, and they told me these roads are too rough for their boxes. Sad!
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    Why don't i see any Thule or Yakima boxes on Overland rigs?

    Of course! Silly me ... :-(
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    Why don't i see any Thule or Yakima boxes on Overland rigs?

    For what that stuff costs, we shouldn't have to even think about this stuff. Why has no one come up with something better?
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    Why don't i see any Thule or Yakima boxes on Overland rigs?

    I am jealous about your box, Patoz! Also, you are correct about their cross bars. The plastic coating starts peeling off much too early (not UV resistant?), and the end caps for the round bars don't stay in place (could use a rubber insert with an expansion screw to adjust). I was disappointed...
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    Why don't i see any Thule or Yakima boxes on Overland rigs?

    I learned the hard and expensive way that Yakima is being honest when they state (in the warrantys and elsewhere) that their gear -- cargo boxes in particular -- is unsuited to use on anything rougher than paved roads and well-maintained, lightly graveled roads. They crack to pieces (I am on my...
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