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Old 05-07-2015   #11
telluride, Moab, UT
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Thx for the warning...

Guess I'll have to wrap em w duct tape, color coded for ease of id, lol.

Originally Posted by tmacc View Post
Sorry, to rain on your parade, but we have two of the vittle vaults and they do not hold up on river trips. They crack around the top of the "body" in such a manner outside of the o-ring. The body is too thin. I grant you, they are handy. I had special hold down straps sewn for them and the ease of opening them single handed is great, but if they leak, what good are they.

Continue your search elsewhere.

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Old 05-07-2015   #12
Park City, Utah
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Well, they both cracked in the same place. They might not leak if you caulked them with the really sticky urethane gutter caulk around the inside of the body at the top. That way, if/when they crack, water won't get in.

I tried sealing the crack on the river with Aquaseal from the outside and it didn't work. If they were just a little thicker, OK, maybe much thicker, they would be awesome for river use.

Hmmm, urethane gutter caulk might work on the Gamma seal lids on 5 gal buckets. That stuff is pretty damn good for gutters.

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Old 05-07-2015   #13
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thanks richp, as I have noted many time, the Buzz is a great source of information

Based on my experience with these vittles containers on rivers, I will continue to use them for things like charcoal etc but not for things that need to be protected big time. Like TMACC posted, continue the search.

For me the eco safe units are pretty much bomber plastic plus being in a rocket box that gives the engineer in me a double safety factor. I just got off a san juan float and even now it is hot and sunny out west. The thought of a vittles box full of poop building up explosive gases on my little mini cat pretty much scares me big time.

My advice is to save your pennies and buy a real poop container from a top notch supplier. The reason these vittles boxes are so cheap to buy is because they are made of thin molded plastic designed to keep dog food in a covered building not poop on a super hot sunny day outside anywhere.
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Old 05-07-2015   #14
telluride, Moab, UT
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I appreciate all the advice. We will stick with the heavy eco safe units for our groovers. I may wrap the vittle vaults with some fiberglass tape and G flex epoxy to beef up the "neck" as it sounds like that might be the weakest part, maybe the lower corners as well and experiment with them for some dry goods??
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Old 05-08-2015   #15
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I will bring you a couple of new seals, just let me know what size for your June 1st trip.


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