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    For those of you who keep gear in your car, what do you keep it in to protect it from UV rays? I would like to avoid using a gear bag as I already keep one big bag in my car filled with my bedding for the station/work. Is there like a box or something I could use?? Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireInTheShire View Post
    For those of you who keep gear in your car, what do you keep it in to protect it from UV rays? I would like to avoid using a gear bag as I already keep one big bag in my car filled with my bedding for the station/work. Is there like a box or something I could use?? Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks.

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    Or plain old Walmart zipper bag

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    I'd keep that stuff in the trunk. It stinks up my car enough from the trunk after a good fire, don't need it in the passenger compartment with me.

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    Fyredup: Not sure why I didn't think of that, thanks.

    Nameless: I'm driving a Jeep Cherokee, so the trunk option is a no-go. That's kinda why I'm looking for a box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireInTheShire View Post
    Fyredup: Not sure why I didn't think of that, thanks.

    Nameless: I'm driving a Jeep Cherokee, so the trunk option is a no-go. That's kinda why I'm looking for a box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireInTheShire View Post
    For those of you who keep gear in your car, what do you keep it in to protect it from UV rays? I would like to avoid using a gear bag as I already keep one big bag in my car filled with my bedding for the station/work. Is there like a box or something I could use?? Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks.

    Also if you need any other information please feel free to ask.
    A guy on our department keeps his in a truck box in the back of his truck. I keep mine in a gear bag in my trunk. You said you don't want a gear bag. Maybe just in your trunk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nameless View Post
    I'd keep that stuff in the trunk. It stinks up my car enough from the trunk after a good fire, don't need it in the passenger compartment with me.
    Wash that gear brother! That pleasant smell is cancerous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FyredUp View Post
    That's why they never send us alone Brother. We can't think of everything!
    Exactly lol

    And I would have no problem with a gear bag if I had a trunk, however with no trunk I'd like something that is a little more stable and can have stuff stacked on it with out the risk of accidently damaging my gear in some way, shape, or form.

    Thanks for all the comments, I'm more then likely going to get a truck box or a rubbermade container.

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    When I had a Tahoe I used a large rubbermaid storage container and just kept my helmet beside it.
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    Adapt and Overcome........ With three different types of Vehicles, you have to be creative. Our (My Wife's, but she lets me say "Our") Car is a Cadillac DTS, when I need to have gear with me in the car, it's "Loose" in the Trunk. My "Reserve" Pickup has a Toolbox in the bed, gear goes in the box. The "Front Line" Pickup has a Bed Cover, and I built two rollout trays in the bed. One side has my Tech Rescue gear and my Fire Gear, Other side has tools, cleaning stuff, Trailer accessories, etc...... Works for me..... But, since reading the posts about a Rubbermade Tub, I'm going to look for one that will fit on the rollout Tray..... Thanks Fyred!...
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    Leave them at the station.
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    One of those Thule containers that go on top. It is amazing how much stuff the hold, no worries about odor, and leaves space in the back for stuff like dogs and kids.....both of which can smell worse than bunkers after a fire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a View Post
    Leave them at the station.
    Have to remember that not everyone goes to the station. Our volunteers all go direct to the scene.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rm1524 View Post
    Have to remember that not everyone goes to the station. Our volunteers all go direct to the scene.
    Indeed, but if he carrying around a bedroll, my money is on the guess that he is going to calls from the fire station.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a View Post
    Leave them at the station.
    I would/could do that option, however I will be joining a company outside of the county I live. The company I'm joining has 2 stations with a rotational duty crew schedule (every 6th day and moves between the 2 stations every month). But on the nights I would have duty I could get called to go to the other station to cover an empty spot. So for me keeping my gear in my car would just be easier. I wont be responding to the scene or to the station.
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    I'm planning on making the Chevrolet Spark my next car which would make storing turnout gear difficult:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfn View Post
    I'm planning on making the Chevrolet Spark my next car which would make storing turnout gear difficult:


    I think everything will fit ok, you just can't drive it when you got your gear in it.

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