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Old 04-16-2012   #11
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Originally Posted by caseybailey View Post
It seems like you might be better off w/ 5 gallon buckets and gamma lids might be what you're really looking and waterproof (about $9 for the lid and $3 for the bucket if you buy it new...)
I think it is about even. One 20 galllon drum for $50 or four 5 gal for $48.

Don't get me wrong. Love my buckets and gammas, but curious about this option.

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Old 04-16-2012   #12
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We use a 5 gallon bucket and gamma lids for our trash containers and first aid kit on big river trips.

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Old 04-19-2012   #13
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5 Gal versus 20 Gal

I have some gamma lids, and they work well for smaller things. The 11" diameter opening just doesn't fit that much. The overpack drum has an 18" diameter opening, it looks huge compared to a gamma. Sure wish I could find a cheap, light, rectangular dry box. I have an old York pack, but I've heard they leak badly if immersed. NRS sells something similar. Anybody tried to waterproof an action packer, or similar plastic box?
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Old 04-19-2012   #14
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Yeah, the Yorks are "semi-dry" boxes. They keep rain out, but won't stay dry in a flip. Good for potato chips (in sealed bags) and your repair kit (in its on drybag).

How about the Stanley waterproof tool boxes?
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I did a MF trip with a guy who waterproofed his action packers. The way he described it was he caulked the underside of the lid with silicone, covered it with saran wrap and then attached it to the box like normal. After a day or so, should be able to pull off the lid, remove the saran wrap and have a custom gasket of sorts.
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Old 04-19-2012   #16
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I bought an action packer and bought the adhesive rubber weather stripping and lined the seal... Not going to trust it with stuff that needs to be 100% dry... I think this coupled with the silicone saranwrap gasket on the opposite side might do the trick but again wouldn't trust it submerged
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Old 04-19-2012   #17
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I have had good luck using these medical supply cans from Coleman's Military Surplus as dry boxes. They really take a beating. I have been using my set for 8 - 9 years now.

Medical Transport Chest, U.S. G.I. Aluminum Medical Transport Chest [134801] - $79.95 :: Colemans Military Surplus LLC - Your one-stop surplus store with Army/Navy products for hunting gear, camping gear, emergency products, and survival products

They sell all kinds of containers.

Water cans, transport cans, gerry can, ammo cans, flasks, canteens and more, at Coleman's Military Surplus

They are in PA. so the shipping might be high for you mountain folk, but I would think that you should be able to get the same type of box from your local surplus if you ask them.
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Old 04-20-2012   #18
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Those "medical transport chests" look great! They must be lighter than ammo cans, softer edges too. Thanks for the link!
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Old 04-20-2012   #19
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Ouch! $70 shipping charge, UPS ground, for the large size. $80 for box, $70 for shipping. I'll look around.
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Old 04-20-2012   #20
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Good link, but Westerners do be aware, as BoscoBoater says. Quick check for one box $50; shipping to Utah another $70. Always good if you can find/buy more locally. It is a long way from PA to UT (it's along way from anywhere to Utah in more ways than land distance) but does make it quite pricey. Still, thanks for the connection.

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