Dirtdobber's 03 Suburban 1500

rayra

Expedition Leader
Rayra its in area I'm not 100% sure on it. Yes there is plenty of room in front of the drawers, I'm trying to decide on the latches and think I've come up with slam latches for marine application I will have to drill a 2" hole in the plywood drawer fronts because the only cheap slam latches I see are for 1/2" thickness and my drawer fronts are 3/4" and the drawer itself is 1/2". though about yeti cooler latches but then you nave to put a nub on top to catch the latch and I don't like that idea.

What are some other type of latches that would work in this situation? no need to be locking. if they want it they will get in.
I went with paddle latches, but most from the farm stores are meant to go in sheet metal. So I had to make some relief cuts in my drawer ends / faces. They come in non-locking too. I chose locking to superficially comply with CA laws on handgun / "assault weapon" transport. Sometimes I only take 1-2 of such to the range and don't feel like dragging along all the locking cases and the rest of the gear. And yes, such locking latches only keep honest people honest. But it legally satisfies CA regs for transporting those arms in an open SUV like our Subs.* So when I'm just taking one or two after making some accessory change or needing to sight in a new firearm, I can just sling a few things in the drawer and go. Any bigger such outing and all the 'luggage' is going anyway.


* CA law at this time does not require long guns (excl. those defined as "assault rifles") or shotguns to be locked up in transport, but they must be unloaded with no ammo attached or inserted to the firearm. And any firearms a CA LEO sees incidental to a traffic stop are going to have their serial numbers run. That's just how they play it here. So in the drawer our of sight works for me.
 

rayra

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We have it so good in Missouri when it comes to gun laws. But that is something to keep in mind while traveling.....now i have to start over with a longer drawer system...lol
;)
54" to the foot well back of the 2nd row seats. Even with the small 'breadbox' storage at the front end of my drawer modules, I can still fit my Garand and bolt rifles in the drawer. Lengthwise, anyway. Got too much crap in both drawers now to fit more than one bagged rifle at a time.
 

dirtdobberoffroad

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Cant believe I got pulled out by a jeep twice. One was a very tight hill between trees that the Cherokee barely fit through soft sand and i was worried about my body panels. I slid sideways and got above the tree with no way to back out i believe i could have aired down and through my x bulls under it and got out but it was easier to just put some weight on the front tires with the jeep, second I slid off in a ditch on its side and the falken at3ws didn't have a chance in this creek bottom mudn xbulls didnt work either too much air pressure and too much mud slicked the tires over. Yes it was a impromptu wheeling in the farm. Yes bad decisions where made, yes thats a chain (we where on a farm), trail damage did occur to the sub, i need a fire extinguisher for piece of mind .20200524_153250.jpg20200524_153234.jpg20200524_150338.jpg20200524_150336.jpg
 
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dirtdobberoffroad

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20200525_094436.jpg20200525_094406.jpg Not too bad, the bumper is going to be removed anyways most of the dent will be removed also. Only thing i know now I've got to make the rear bumper wider too keep things off the panel in front of the taillight out of harm's way.
 

dirtdobberoffroad

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Ok the falken a/t at3ws are not for mud i wish i would have taken pictures dragslicks come to mind. Even with gracious amounts of RPM the mud wouldn't fling out. At that point i smashed the valance under the front bumper. Like i said before if i would have aired down it may have helped in the mud and the sand I got stuck in. Although I did make it up that sand hill the second time, I used momentum and that allowed me to bounce off a small tree that graciously directed me over when the front bumper touched it. In the mud my x-bulls were no good i could never get weight on them (no shovel, thats something else that needs to go on the list) and the tread was too packed with mud to pull the boards under. Even with spinning tires and cramming them into the ruts not as bad as I expected. The traction board's were bent into a u shape and was pack with mud. A couple of slightly melted nubs and a bent rib.20200525_095730.jpg20200525_095736.jpg20200525_095748.jpg20200525_095809.jpg
 

rayra

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Looks like a big open field with a ditch thru it. What were you trying to do, when you got near that ditch?
How on earth did you wind up parallel to the ditch in the first place? wander into it, or trying too shallow an approach angle to crossing it. You get one wheel stuck and then accidentally get the other same side wheel down into it? (you were screwed then). I might have tried a long travel distance nad easing up out of it. Did you wind up high centered lengthwise on the edge of the ditch?

/would have been the perfect opportunity for my just-completed winch solution
 

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dirtdobberoffroad

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So yes a big field with drainage cut through it. Yes to shallow of an approach bad thing is I'd already been through it in the same spot a few times before that this was the last group of boys on a ride in the jeep I was playing tailgunner. This was a church memorial day party and this was on the family's farm. The church takes a bunch of 17-21 year old boys that have been kicked out of every school they've went to been in and out of trouble with Leo's and really gas no where to go but up. They get an GED and a work ethic by the time they leave, they work them in the watermelon fields, cotton gin, and chicken houses. They get afew Holliday's off and to have fun, the trail ride and fishing pond was a big hit. Most of the boys come from the inner cities in California and have never seen places like this. It fun watching them go from hating this place and situation to sitting on the porch and looking at the hills just chilling and loving it. Most of them had never held a fishing pole and everyone caught a few fish.
 

dirtdobberoffroad

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I got parallel in the ditch when the locker engaged and the passenger front was in the hole the jeep made on the previous trip around it was nice to get the burb out on a piece of property and test it out to see what can be improved and what other junk i need.
 

dirtdobberoffroad

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Got one of her book cases glued up and started work on my project. Got the to glued to the ribs, taped off the glue joints and painted the inside with some grey enamel i had around the house. I picked up some cheap rustoleum bed liner to paint the outside with. Im debating whether i should paint the whole thing with the grey and then cover the outside with the bed liner. Any use the bed liner directly on the wood? 20200525_204342.jpg20200525_204302.jpg
 
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