As a lifelong outdoors man, I have hiked, rafted, backpacked and camped across most of desert southwest. As such, I have learned very well what I do and don’t need when I leave the city. I am perfectly happy finding a clearing just off a tail and setting up a campsite. A few years ago my wife and I purchased a four door Jeep Wrangler JK which we use quite often to go on day drives. The challenge is load and organize all of our gear and carry it in a medium size SUV.
My goal is to build a chuck box, or camp kitchen, which is a simple box to store all the kitchen supplies needed for a successful camping trip. The chuck box needs to balance strength, weight and most importantly for me, size. The chuck box needs to contain all of gear and would enable to set up our campsite in no time. I am hoping to keep it small enough and lite enough that I can easily move it with no help. The Jeep 4 door Wrangler does not have a large about of cargo space especially for a family of three and a yellow Labrador.
I have several goals:
- I want the chuck box to fix in the back of the jeep with the back seats usable.
- The box must contain all of our cooking gear, including a stove, pots, frying pans, dutch oven, plates, utensils, cleaning supplies, etc…
- Everything is carried securely AND organized in such a way that it keeps down the noise potential when driving on the back roads.
- The box needs to be light weight yet strong enough to survive the pounding of camping, ‘jeepin’, etc…