Having problems with your limited Jeep storage space? Why not build a homemade storage box? With a relatively limited budget, you can make your own Jeep storage box that offers a significant amount of storage space. Having a storage box of your own choice of shape or size actually doubles or triples the available amount of space you currently have for your luggage and other items. You can have it made of wood, metal or Plexiglass.

A Wooden Box

This is perhaps the most economical type of box and the easiest to build. Almost anybody can make it. What you need are just three rectangular pieces of plywood in the desired dimensions. Screw these together and mount a cover with hinges as well as a latch to make it more secure. You can actually make it simple or more complicated with additional lacquer, weather stripping, and mounting straps for a more personalized Jeep box.

A Metal Box

With this type of storage box, there’s a wide array of choices for metal sheeting. Its advantage over a wooden box is its more secure. Also, it has weatherproof abilities. Unlike a wooden box that needs screws, a metal box is just a matter of welding the pieces together at the seams. This makes it nearly impenetrable and long-lasting all at once. As to its cover, you can use a pair of metals and stainless steel hinges. Then use a couple of keyed latches to make it more secure. Whether you’re planning to create a box made of wood or metal, it is best to mount it on the back hitch rack because of its heaviness.

A Plexiglass Box

Though it’s not the primary option, but you can also make a box out of a thick, colored Plexiglass. Use an industrial epoxy to connect the glass together. Then mount the top with some regular or strap hinges. If handled properly, Plexiglass is likewise easy to work with and has security and weatherproof features. However, the downside here is that a Plexiglass is more brittle than a metal or wooden box. But compared to the other two types, it is lighter so mounting it to a roof rack is not much of a concern.

A Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a fairly strong plastic material which is a very popular choice for assembling a number of various items, including roof racks. Thanks to its flexibility as well as piece-together features with the help of angled connectors. If you want to create your own PVC roof rack, here’s a simple step by step procedure to do it.

  • Measure the dimension of your existing roof storage. A PVC roof rack can be easily attached to it.
  • Determine the exact length of your desired roof rack then cut the PVC accordingly, be it 6-inch or 8-inch lengths, whichever is more applicable to the desired rack length.
  • Assemble the lower segment of the sides. Strengthen each piece as you connect it to each “T” joint. Make sure the “T” joints should face upward in order to connect it to the upper assembly with the “T” joints pointing downward.
  • Fortify the two parallel upper parts of the sides to generate four out of the six sides needed.
  • Cut the PVC into 6 to 8-inch lengths that will serve as the width of the rack for both its upper and lower portions. All the “T” joints should face the same direction on a pipe.
  • Cut another 8-inch PVC pipes for each “T” joint in order to align the upper portion to its lower counterpart.
  • With the use of PVC cement, connect the upper and lower segments of the sides to form walls.
  • Reinforce the corners with a 90-degree elbow to connect the PVC that will define the rack’s width.
  • Link all the four walls using PVC cement and just let it dry. But see to it that all parts are really straight.
  • Finally, mount the finished PVC roof rack to your existing rack. To make it more solid, drill holes for both the PVC and roof rack then connect these using bolts, washers and nuts.