All of the hardware is provided. The three hasps and two L-brackets secure it to the truck bed via six blind fasteners. The two metal support strips and four bolts and nuts secure the L-brackets to the box.
Start by measuring where you want to install the box. We chose against the cab so we wouldn’t lose bed functionality (since the box won’t be removed often). We gave the box 4 inches of clearance from the cab so we could use the space under the bed rail to store a pair of sand ladders. The Transit is also positioned in the center of the bed so that both drawers can open without hitting the wheel wells.
Transferring that 4-inch measurement to the bed, we chose to mount the hasps on the tops of the bed’s ribs.
Once measured, we marked each hole for both hasps. Although it doesn’t matter if the hasps are mounted evenly on either side of the box, it does aid in stabilizing of the box.
Measure twice and drill once. With a 5/16-inch bit for metal, drill each of the four holes for the two hasps. Make sure you’ve checked the location on the underside of the bed so you’re free from any frame rails, fuel tanks, etc.
With a 5/8-inch wrench and a 5/16 nut driver for the drill (the directions call for 1/4, but that didn’t fit), hold the bolt and tighten the blind fastener with the drill bit. Corbox provides a seventh blind fastener in case you break one.
With the box sitting flush against the newly bolted down hasps, place the L-bracket in between the box and the hasps and mark the four hole locations on the back of the box itself.
Pull out the box and drill out the four holes with your 5/16-inch bit. On the inside, place the two metal support strips (one for each side) and sandwich the metal of the box between the L-bracket and the support strip with two 5/16-inch bolts and nylon nuts.
To install the adjustable locking clasp, install the box and slide the third hasp under the front of the box so it lines up with the front of the latch and box. Drill and bolt down the hasp similar to the other two.
In theory, the adjustable latch should line up with the hasp. If that doesn’t happen, the latch can be adjusted by spinning it up or down.
Once installed, the Corbox Transit is a great addition to our bug-out vehicle plans. The two locking drawers provide ample storage and organization, while the top-loading compartment can store larger items.
Having a series of plastic tubs or buckets strapped to the bed walls of your truck is just inviting disaster. A lack of organization as well as a haphazard storage method will result in scattered gear, lost equipment and forgetting were things were placed.
The best thing for a BOV is to have a centralized storage unit for your bug-out cache of gear, something that can organize your stuff in a lockable box to keep out would-be thieves. Corbox offers a few different designs for a wide variety of trucks, all of which feature boxes that fit below the bed line so they can be used with a tonneau cover. They can be bolted to the bed either at the cab or at the tailgate as well, allowing flexibility of use.
The Corbox Transit, shown here, features two drawers and a top-loading compartment with stout latches and locks. The Transit can be easily removed and has side handles for carrying. Installing is easy, requires minimal tools and can be done in about an hour.
The tough part is finding one, as the original brand no longer makes them. Jegs.com has one of the original models —the Traverse. Do your research on the Web and you’re bound to find other models or someone willing to part with theirs. It’s worth the investment.
This article is from the winter 2018 issue of Ballistic Magazine. For subscriptions or individual copies, please visit OutdoorGroupStore.com.
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