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post #1 of 15 Old 05-09-2008, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Tip for Pelican 1550 Users

If you haven't already done this, I suggest removing the center, "molding point", (is this called a 'sprue riser'?), inside your luggage. By leaving it, you will risk that it will chafe a hole in something. I have cut mine off with a hacksaw blade after I found some "rubbing" marks on some map books I was carrying and a small hole in my tent stuff sack.


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post #2 of 15 Old 05-09-2008, 06:23 PM
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Good idea! Thanks for being the guinea pig. I'm using the inner bags from Caribou most of the time, but not always.

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I put screws in those bosses and stretch an elastic net across them to hold stuff.

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I put screws in those bosses and stretch an elastic net across them to hold stuff.
Gosh, I love the ideas here!!! Keep an eye on what you have packed in your cases and what is laying up against the bosses.

I meant to post this last season, but forgot and then had my crashes. I'm into a new season and this issue, (at least for me), has revealed itself once again. Thought I would toss it out there.

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(What did you use, #10 or #12 S.S. pan head tappers for screws?)

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Thanks for that tip. I'm leaving the Houston, TX area on May 25 headed for Kenai, Alaska and I no doubt would have rubbed a hole in my tent or something.

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I put screws in those bosses and stretch an elastic net across them to hold stuff.
That's a great idea too. I'll keep the 4 in the corners and do exactly that.

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if you have the 1550 cases, do you have a strap or cable restraining the amount it can open. If so, can you send or post pictures and length that you use.

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Here's a link to Caribou's page on the lanyards.

http://www.cariboucases.com/store/?n...=i&item=000063

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I have not done that yet......

I was going to do that last year.........

Was going to do it this year........

But it keeps sliding down my list of things to do.

My plan is to purchase four 1/4:20 Stainless Steel, Truss Head screws and s.s. nylock washers and four 1/4" s.s. washers along with some black, nylon webbing. I plan to mount two straps for each case to hold the lid at 90 degrees when open.

What I have been doing, is to pop the catches, let the lid drop on my knee, retrieve what I want, slam the lid closed and snap the catches closed. I've done it so many times that I don't even think about it anymore!

However, the reason that I do want to do this is to provide a "worktable" of sorts out of the lid. I can cook on it with my stove. Or, cook on one side and eat off of the other "table" on the other. Play solitaire?

I will post pictures when I do this. I have to be around next weekend, maybe I could tackle the project then.

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You can get the carabou lid straps direct from them for like $8. YOu get the straps, hardware and instruction sheet. Not a bad deal for under $10
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