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post #1 of 5 Old Aug 20th, 2006, 9:26 pm Thread Starter
 
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Thumbs up Added over 2 cubic feet of waterproof storage to the GT!

This one is only for the 1-UP folks...sorry.

In preparation for my CCR trip, I wanted to add a seat bag (or something?) to the GT. I starting looking at my options. Duffle bags, seat bags, etc., etc... I wanted something waterproof, I knew that. And I wanted something big, but not too big. And if it worked out to be a good backrest, yippee! Then there's always the COST. But we all know that you usually get what you pay for.

Well not this time!

I think what I have rigged up is going to do all of the above, and more. I found a waterproof puncture-proof dufflebag on eBay for $39.98 to my door! The quality is superb! Then, I bought two 6-hook Bungee cargo nets for $3.99 each. Total cost = $48.52!

But wait...there's more!!!

Next, I took 2 standard milk crates (13"L x 13"W x 11"H) that I had laying around (lifetime musician's tend to have them), and I chopped off 1.5" off 1 side of each of the crates. I placed them inside the duffle bag with the newly cut side facing each other as to form one new crate measuring 23"L x 13"W x 11"H, and I zip-tied those babies together. Now I have a hard-sided duffle bag that obviously holds it's shape very well, AND it's LIGHT! It sits on the grab rails nicely too. The duffle bag also has a pocket on each side 14" x 14" x 1.5" for handy storage. Sweet!

Finally, I took the 2 Bungee cargo nets and hooked them to the grab rails, wrapped around the ends of the duffle and hooked the nets together on top. Holds the duffle in place, and I can always stuff other things under the net as I see fit. Adding another bag on top would be a piece of cake as well.

(FWIW, the pic below is the duffle bag completely empty.)

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post #2 of 5 Old Aug 20th, 2006, 11:37 pm
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Nice job; this is the thing you were discussing yesterday, I take it. Practical, inexpensive, does the job. Cool.

I just hope you used the black zip ties.

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post #3 of 5 Old Aug 21st, 2006, 1:52 am
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White zip ties would be fine in this case, as they're inside the bag and so don't see direct sunlight.

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post #4 of 5 Old Aug 21st, 2006, 2:29 am
 
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That looks really professional. Pity I'd have to stuff my wife inside...

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post #5 of 5 Old Aug 21st, 2006, 8:49 am
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Wow

Now I had it all wrong, I though you left all your opinions at home
But I guess that would have been more than just 2 cuft
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