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Old 05-01-2013   #1
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Sow how does everyone keep the inside of their dryboxes from getting garfed

I noticed on my last trip a few spots where items had started to wear into the metal of my drybox. I bet it happened on the ride to the river and not the river itself. Just wondering do people use lightweight packing foam to prevent this? Do you have a better method of preventing metal on metal contact?

Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it "guaranteed", I will. I got spare time.
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Old 05-01-2013   #2
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It's not going to hurt the drybox... just adds character.

Also, this may or may not apply, but I always keep loaded rocket boxes (kitchen, pantry, etc) in the truck rather than in the trailer. Makes for a much smoother ride for everything you packed in there, like that new jar of peanut butter.

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I pack stuff in containers and bags that go into the dry box. Any super heavy metal objects should be wraped up (like your old twisted sister tapes). I use old gloves and towels on my work truck to avoid things rubbing through my boxes when traveling miles of washboard roads. A shitty camp pad cut to fit would solve the problem.
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Old 05-01-2013   #4
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Cloroplast, its the stuff they make signs (plastic ones) out of. Thin and its what I use
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Old 05-01-2013   #5
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Put a sticker over it.
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Old 05-01-2013   #6
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Avatard, no insult to your packing skills, but maybe a re-org of the dry box would help. I could see those heavier plastic reusable grocery bags being enough buffer to prevent wear spots, and also give you compartmentalization for easy transport to camp and back. Right now, I use cardboard boxes to keep the items I don't want rubbing the sides, but I always open for something new.

Pinemonkey, you sure cloroplast is what you meant? I wanted to see what you were talking about, and google seems to think you mean chloroplast which is something from biology class. Chloroplast - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Old 05-01-2013   #7
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Oh I so want to be a smart ass here and give u shit! But, I wouldn't worry about it either. Or tape some cardboard to the sides in affected spots. Or peg board, which I need to use for new drybox dividers after that one awesome thread. Or cut up plastic food containers, cheapo flexible cutting boards.
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Old 05-01-2013   #8
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There is a plastic goop that is used to form handles on tools; you can actually buy it at Home Depot or Lowes; you usually dip the tool handle in the stuff and when it hardens it forms a smooth, durable, plastic coating. For rocket boxes you could probably paint it on just the edges to form a kind of plastic rim. I don't remember what it's called, just that it was in either the tool department or the paint department, came in quart cans, was bright red and was more expensive than a new Mercedes, but the stuff is pretty amazing.
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We've got all our boxes lined on the bottom with that cheep blue sleeping pad foam, not glued in so it's easy to clean them out.
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Old 05-05-2013   #10
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Originally Posted by yesimapirate View Post

Pinemonkey, you sure cloroplast is what you meant? I wanted to see what you were talking about, and google seems to think you mean chloroplast which is something from biology class. Chloroplast - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I use it in picture framing. It is basically plastic cardboard. Inert - whatever the heck that means. Typically used behind oil paintings or to add support if needed. I didn't look the specs but it seems 3/16.
I line my boxes with cardboard sometimes. The sidebox with booze has foam and dividers. The seatbox also has an old insulite? sleeping pad. I carry repair ammo and first aid in the box and it is nice. Apples, spuds and fruit can sit on the bottom. Cardboard dividers too. It works.


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