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#73509 - 03/27/12 10:53 AM Baggage Area Organization
BGF Yankee Offline
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Registered: 07/02/11
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Loc: Tennessee, USA
So when I bought my plane, there was a complete set of sun shades, a rudder gust lock, and a box of miscellaneous things like oil, simple tools, window cleaner, etc. in the baggage compartment. Now that I'm starting to fly more, I've added a tow bar, a blanket, and a couple of other odds & ends. Is there something out there that any of you are using to help keep things organized back there? I would like to find a bag that I can put the oil and so forth in if possible. My 'M' model has the extended compartment, but not everyone has this I know. Let's hear what you guys/gals are doing!
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#73512 - 03/27/12 11:05 AM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: BGF Yankee]
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Registered: 08/30/10
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Loc: Nova Scotia, Canada
I use a couple of those plastic milk crates that you can pick up at Staples, etc. to keep everything in place. No worries of them tearing apart like a cardboard box.

Rick
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#73533 - 03/27/12 04:56 PM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: Propduster]
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Registered: 10/21/09
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Loc: Groveland, California
I have a great organizer I bought from Sporty's:

Folding Organizer

It has three compartments, and you can use one, two, or all three of them depending on how you unfold/unsnap it. I also have the extended area, but I put this in the main cargo section on the side away from the baggage door. I don't put greasy things in there, but I do keep paper towels, chocks, my emergency kit, unopened quarts of oil, and a few other goodies in there. I have a tupperware-type locking plastic container for the "dirty items" (partially used oil quart, rag, Plexis for cleaning windows, fuel stick, funnel for pouring oil, in its own bag) and this sits in front of the folding organizer.

Everything back there is under a cargo net that's secured to the cargo area. I heard too many stories on this site about items "wandering" during turbulence so I keep everything under the net. Jackets and my empty headset bag go in the extended compartment area.
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#73549 - 03/27/12 07:14 PM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: California Flyer]
BGF Yankee Offline
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Loc: Tennessee, USA
Ooo, I do like that. I may have to look into this!
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#73552 - 03/27/12 07:57 PM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: BGF Yankee]
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Registered: 06/29/11
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Loc: Missouri
Check out the Denton Baggage Door Organizer... Very nice.
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#73591 - 03/28/12 04:45 AM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: California Flyer]
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Registered: 01/08/11
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Loc: Fairfax, Virginia
I have one of these and love it. So far I have only needed to use two of the compartments but that is OK since the third one folds up when not in use and is held in place by velcro.
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#73594 - 03/28/12 06:06 AM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: BGF Yankee]
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Registered: 07/16/10
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I bought a leather duffle bag similar to this one on ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/25-Genuine-Leath...=item5ae20bd418

The end pockets on mine are large enough for spare headsets, I keep oil and supplies in the main section, and odds and ends in the smaller pockets. Very handy.
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#73597 - 03/28/12 08:32 AM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: Don Tedrow]
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Loc: Tennessee, USA
Anyone have a photo of the Denton Organizer? Having trouble finding info online.
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#73600 - 03/28/12 09:43 AM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: BGF Yankee]
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Here you go!
Denton Baggage Door Organizer:


Denton Enterprises Door Organizer by brian.malone, on Flickr
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#73655 - 03/28/12 06:50 PM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: California Flyer]
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Registered: 07/02/11
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Loc: Tennessee, USA
Oh wow, that IS nice! So this is like a bolt on mod? I saw on the other thread (which I didn't know was going) that this is around $75. If so, I may have to spring for this!! I do wish that I could see a pic of it with things like oil, tools, or other misc. things in it. I read the article about this and it says that Denton created it to store just those types of materials...which is exactly what I want to store.


Edited by BGF Yankee (03/28/12 06:58 PM)
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#73685 - 03/29/12 01:46 AM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: BGF Yankee]
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Registered: 02/14/10
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Loc: Northwest lower Michigan
Organization? When we leave for a long trip, we just throw stuff in the best way we can. The wife is the loadmaster, and she does a masterful job. Our daughter's wedding in KC in 2006 was one of our most challenging loads (formals and tuxes, wedding gifts, and the family dog to name just a few). More recently, our camping loads for Oshkosh have presented significant challenges as well.

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#77701 - 05/02/12 04:23 PM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: Nightowl]
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Registered: 02/15/12
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Loc: KAXH, Houston, TX
I find a sturdy box is a far more cost effective organizer then anything in the rear.

The Door Organizer, however, looks to be worth it.
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#77748 - 05/02/12 06:25 PM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: PorcoRosso]
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Registered: 08/30/10
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Loc: Nova Scotia, Canada
Mine arrived week before last...about 5 days after the 2.5 week aircraft absence for the annual commenced. I'm hoping to getting around to installing it this weekend.

I'll load her up with the goodies and post some pictures soon as I manage.

Rick
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#112645 - 01/31/13 03:50 AM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: Propduster]
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Registered: 05/26/11
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Loc: Georgia
Just received mine. Question for those that have installed it...

Bob Denton recommends that you take the plastic off the baggage door, but I probably won't. Has anyone installed the baggage door organizer over the plastic and if yes how did you do it?
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#113232 - 02/03/13 07:15 PM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: Bigdoggh]
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Update...

It looks like the folks that made my organizer put the vinyl on the wrong side of the plastic backing. When I flipped it over to take pictures of it I realized that it doesn't match my baggage door at all. I'm sending it back but hopefully Bob can get this straightened out because it looked like a very col thing to have.
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#113394 - 02/04/13 08:47 PM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: Bigdoggh]
Craig B Offline
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Registered: 12/16/12
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Loc: Georgia, USA
I have to ditto the Sporty's organizer. It only costs $22 and I like that I only have to use the number of compartments I need at the time while folding the empy compartments out of the way. So far, it's worked well.

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#113440 - 02/05/13 07:32 AM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: Craig B]
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Registered: 09/20/12
Posts: 1642
Loc: Tulsa, OK
I have a little bit of heartburn over putting something like that on the baggage door. The hinges and latch are meant to hold a door that weighs less than 5 lbs. You could easily triple that weight with that storage device. I think it would be OK with the door shut, but if it pops open in flight and starts fluttering it might get ugly.
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#113459 - 02/05/13 10:59 AM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: oilwell1415]
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Registered: 11/21/10
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I use a battery box from Wally-World in both of my airplanes. Neat, easily removed, and if anything gets spilled/dripped it stays in the plastic box. Inexpensive, too. There is room for a couple quarts of oil, a roll of paper rags, my GATS jar and even a small first aid kit. The fuel hawk fits also, but is usually found at the bottom.

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#113474 - 02/05/13 01:59 PM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: EdW]
Willie Online   content
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Registered: 12/28/10
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Loc: Ft McMurray Alberta Canada
I have a small Rubbermaid box in the cargo area for plane gear IE, oil, paper towels,window cleaner etc
My first aide kit is under the right hand seat held in place with bungee cords
My survival kit is in the cargo area in what I would describe as a small duffel or sport type bag
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#113490 - 02/05/13 05:24 PM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: Willie]
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Registered: 02/22/10
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Loc: STS, CA, USA

I use a Bucket and the lid below which has several uses.

http://www.amazon.com/Custom-LeatherCraft-1140-EasySeat-Lightweight/dp/B00023S8JA/ref=pd_sim_ol_2

You can use a 3 or 5 gallon bucket depending on your personal verticality to check fuel.

The nice thing is that it carries oil, water, tools window, wipes and .......... with a trash liner can be used as an emergency porta potty.

I know .. too much information, but sometimes you need to be inventive if you are off in the sticks.

I use bungee cords in the grooves to the baggage tiedowns to keep it in check.




note -- I do not use the tool carrier around the side but it could work for some things as well..
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#113932 - 02/08/13 09:23 AM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: OldCrow]
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Registered: 03/01/10
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Loc: Arizona
I use an old AMWAY product organizer. This holds a couple qts. of oil, funnel and other odds and ends. It has worked well for years.
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#119150 - 03/17/13 04:08 PM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: Glenn Darr]
Bigdoggh Offline
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Registered: 05/26/11
Posts: 1440
Loc: Georgia
I FINALLY received and installed my Denton Baggage Door Organizer. The folks at Air Tex were really nice and at my request sent Bob Denton the same material that was used on the interior of my plane so the new organizer matched the rest of the interior exactly. After an initial mixup, I received the new organizer and installed it today. The install was pretty easy and looks fantastic.





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#119170 - 03/17/13 05:19 PM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: Bigdoggh]
Willie Online   content
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Registered: 12/28/10
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Were you able to install over the original or did you remove it
It looks good
Thinking about one now for our up coming trip this summer
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#119173 - 03/17/13 05:32 PM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: Willie]
Bigdoggh Offline
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Registered: 05/26/11
Posts: 1440
Loc: Georgia
I took off the original plastic cover. There's probably a creative way to install it over the plastic, but since the plastic sits a bit apart from the frame, some type of solution would be needed to prevent the plastic from buckling.

Luckily, Air Tex had painted the baggage door so no additional paint was needed.
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#119183 - 03/17/13 05:37 PM Re: Baggage Area Organization [Re: Bigdoggh]
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My wife looked at it.Guess I'll phone tomorrow
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