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Old 06-17-2016   #1
 
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Idea for dry box dividers: velcro + corrugated plastic

Has anyone tried velcro + corrugated plastic dividers in a dry box?

I am thinking wrap the inside perimeter of the box near the bottom and near the top with industrial peel&stick velcro. Then make dividers out of corrugated plastic to the width of the box and whatever other sizes needed. Then attach to the top and bottom of the corrugated plastic dividers the corresponding velcro doubled back on itself, and extending onto either side of the corrugated plastic to make a velcro tab that hangs over the edge of the plastic. Then you could velcro it in wherever makes sense for the trip.

It'd be adjustable, water resistant, and light weight. I'd be concerned with how strong the dividers would be and how well the velcro would hold, although my experience with the industrial stuff in the past has been pretty good.

Any experience with or thoughts about something like this?

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That wouldn't work with my "however-the-shit-fits" packing style.


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Has anyone tried velcro + corrugated plastic dividers in a dry box?

I am thinking wrap the inside perimeter of the box near the bottom and near the top with industrial peel&stick velcro. Then make dividers out of corrugated plastic to the width of the box and whatever other sizes needed. Then attach to the top and bottom of the corrugated plastic dividers the corresponding velcro doubled back on itself, and extending onto either side of the corrugated plastic to make a velcro tab that hangs over the edge of the plastic. Then you could velcro it in wherever makes sense for the trip.

It'd be adjustable, water resistant, and light weight. I'd be concerned with how strong the dividers would be and how well the velcro would hold, although my experience with the industrial stuff in the past has been pretty good.

Any experience with or thoughts about something like this?
A few thoughts on this approach:

  1. The glues needed in the river environment are very harsh and typically not what you find on the adhesive backed velcro
  2. I could see the velcro getting fouled over time with the constant moving of dividers, sand, etc.
  3. As you mention above, In a cargo shifting situation (aka flip), I the likelihood of the velcro holding things in place vs. wood or metal divider guides seems like an issue as well.
I'm going with wood or Al for my divider guides. Most likely start off with wood and see how it all works out.
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Duct tape and cardboard works for me.

I only use it to separate out dry food items that can't get crushed (bread chips etc) on multi day trips, then I rip it out, recycle it and have the same old open dry box for the rest of the year.
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my dry box on multi days with friends, is usually dedicated to dry lunch items. we just designate a paper bag for each day's dry lunch items. (bread, tortillas, chips, cookies, etc.) but I'm sure your dividers are for a purpose other than dry lunch items. (for us with this purpose, paper bags work great)
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That wouldn't work with my "however-the-shit-fits" packing style.
Ditto this with a small cardboard box or 2 for the little stuff.
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I upgraded from cardboard and tape to some thin wood panels and tape. Strapping tape removed better than Ducttape imo.

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Here's the other thread on dry box org. I'm doing some dado work this weekend based on it.
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I use milk crates in my drybox for things I don't want crushed. i Tetris on top and around it to keep things in place for a rough ride. A spare PFD on top keeps it snug. Just don't get caught by the milk police because "misuse can lead to prosecution." I also use a longer milk crate for my small propane tank sometimes. Use it at camp to elevate your handwash station or for the rook that forgot their chair.
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