"Big Foot 52"
Storage boxes etc.
Finally I finished the last two storage
boxes! Some preparations were necessary. The box on the right side would have
got in conflict with the winch of the spare tire, so I cut off the end.
Then I welded a nut onto the stud and so I
can now lift or lower the spare tire with a ratchet.
The lever of the wastewater-valve would
have been in conflict with the box. So I exchanged it to an electric operated
one which has a mechanic override in case of problems.
The switch is located in the right storage
box but I installed an additional one in the dashboard (the left one), plus a
red indicator light if the valve is open. Because I anyhow had made a lot of
dirt I prepared in addition the switch for an additional diesel tank which I
will order shortly. The switch for the wastewater-valve saves me to go to the storage box when I had
driven to a dump-station and can open and close the valve from the driver seat.
The ground clearance due to the storage
boxes isn’t effected by any means. The one on the left side is mirrored but
besides that identical. They offer enough space for the 4 steel- and 4
aluminium-sand ladders, the rods for the awning, parts for the chairs, an
extendable ladder up to 3,8 m, the wheel chocks plus more.
The storage boxes were built around the
support frames to fix them directly to the ground plate of the cabin plus to
have some more space in the boxes. My first intention was to close the gaps but
my friend Orest recommended to add slide out rods. So now I have on both sides 2
40x40 mm stainless steel square tubes in which are square tubes as well out of
stainless steel of 35x35 mm. The bigger ones are 35 cm long, the inner ones are
75 cm long. So they can be pulled out up to nearly 40 cm. A wooden board fits in
and so I can use it to store various things on it. rods
The storage boxes I built in stainless
steel tubes which were cut in 30° and fitted with a mounting plate in front. In
front of the holes I built of PE sideways slide-locks to prevent water or dirt
to get in. The tubes are to put in the telescopic rods for the awning.
Without an additional spreader the awning
was not straight enough.
With the spreader out of stainless steel –
which can be split in the middle – the awning is now perfect.
A normal awning would have required from
my point of view supports right from the beginning of the cabin construction. To
tie down the awning to the ground would have prevented to change the position if
the sun has moved without bigger efforts and in addition the cabin is put
flexible onto the frame of the truck. As a result entering of leaving the cabin
would have pulled out the tent pegs or stressed the tie down ropes or the awning
Meanwhile I was able to grind off the
logos of the container. The top and the left side are painted with ant-rust
paint, the edges were sealed and the bigger scratches treated with knifing putty.