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Old 01-10-2014   #31
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Here's pictures of how I did mine. Drill hole thru the "fins" on the back/bottom of the Pelican. I picked up a threaded metal rod at Home Depot. Just a touch longer than I really wanted, but pretty close. Thread the rod thru from side to side. If you get the hole size just right it will be nice and snug. You can cut off the excess on the ends and cap them off with acorn nuts, or Gorilla tape like I did because I was lazy. With this size box & rod, I can crank down plenty tight. I run one strap thru the rod side and one strap thru the handle, and the box doesn't budge on a side rail platform. I can easily pop the box open one handed to get the camera with no unstrapping. My camera box is a 1300 I believe, and I've modified a smaller 1120 the same way with a smaller diameter rod. I'm definitely more careful with strapping that one down. The big box has been in use for about 5-6 years now.

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Old 01-12-2014   #32
Austin, Texas
Paddling Since: 1990
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I have sold and used these boxes for almost 20 years. I carry 10k worth of camera and lenses on any given GC trip. My first trip down in 94 there was one on a raft. The boat flipped in Hance. The inside of the box was wet and the cameras where ruined. The lesson learned was to pay close attention when shutting the box! The person did not pay close attention when he opened it. He was focused on the water in the case. We thought about it that night at camp and decided it was a camera strap that was shut in the lid. The box then was emptied, and placed under a raft for 30 min. We pulled it out and it was dry on the inside. When i'm not using my peli boxes, I leave them unlached. This doesn't compress the rubber seal on the inside when they are just being stored away and not being used. This prolongs the life of them. If you own one you can see the difference after you open it. If you have an older one and you are keeping things dry, replace the gasket. Buy one from Peli so you know it is new. If u are just trying to keep dust out, an old one works fine. If U have an older box, make sure the pressure relief knob is snug tight with no sand, dog/cat fur ect. in the valve. Hope these tips help.

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