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Rotopax H2O inside mounts?

Has anyone mounted their Rotopax containers inside their JK yet?

I carry Rotopax fuel on longer trips outside the JK. I do the same with water, but in the winter months, I don't like it out there. The containers get full of road salt/ mag chloride/ etc. Durring the Summer is gets full of dust, dirt, and heat up too much. I use the water containers all the time as my dog goes with me pretty much everywhere. So handling the containers daily and keeping them inside, clean, cool, safe from being messeed with is my goal here.

I have my powertank and Drake Fire extinguisher mount on one side of the rollbar in back.

I was thinking of making a flat plate and using the powertank clamps for the other side.

I'm leaning towards the rollbar mount since I am planning on putting a Tuffy security deck in the back or Truck Vault. I want as much cargo space on the floor as I can. I need to mount two of the 2 gallon stacked (not linked end to end).

thoughts? what do you think? maybe the inside of the tailgate would be easier to get at? although, i think interference from the storage solution I go with will be an issue.

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I don't have an Unlimited so I don't know if this will work, but what about running some rails from the soundbar back to the rear upper roll bar and have them above the rear seats?

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I was just looking at doing this... I was looking at getting the rotopax mounting plate and riverting it inside my rear tailgate... havent found the time to do any measurements yet to see if this will work .

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I was just looking at doing this... I was looking at getting the rotopax mounting plate and riverting it inside my rear tailgate... havent found the time to do any measurements yet to see if this will work .
You could get an M-PAC tailgate rack and mount the rotopax mount to it like this also.

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I spaced my bracket out with some poly to get it to clear the trim piece. I have the extender to carry my water and first aid inside and I can carry two fuel cans outside, four is the most I need right now...

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I spaced my bracket out with some poly to get it to clear the trim piece. I have the extender to carry my water and first aid inside and I can carry two fuel cans outside, four is the most I need right now...

How are the cans outside attached?

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How are the cans outside attached?

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Voodoocati,
wayyyy late to reply. sorry. Great looking rig and nice setup on the inside too. How did you bolt into the tailgate? Did you use a nutcert?

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My rig (2012 JKUR) has a pair of white water RotoPax units mounted on one side, and a set that includes a black one for winch stuff along with an orange first-aid kit on the other side.

This setup occupies the space your PowerTank currently uses. I still haven't found a new permanent home for my 10# bottle.

The mount location is very handy -- it happily exists in the otherwise useless void created by the hardtop and roll cage. It scores big on usefulness for me.

Anyhow, the good people at Rebel Off Road welded in their custom brackets. To be safe, you need to remove your carpeting, hardtop, and roll cage cover.

Here's a low-res picture. I'll include a link to better ones, too.


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This is awesome.
I hope a distributor on the forum makes it easy for us to buy these from them by posting part numbers or links.
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We are done with R&D on our weld in interior mounts, state's JK being the last install needed to confirm viability and fit/durability.

They will ship as raw, ready to weld in units. Why not bolt on? We tried several different variations, including locking collars with textured inner bezels. All rotated after severe bounces. We want a solution that requires zero periodic maintenance. Look for them to be on our site in the coming days.

State is a very, very discerning customer. If he is satisfied, we are.
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wayyyy late to reply. sorry. Great looking rig and nice setup on the inside too. How did you bolt into the tailgate? Did you use a nutcert?
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Additional in-progress shots...

Here are a couple more shots that show all four of the RotoPax units in place while the top is off. The lower shot shows the bracket welded into place:
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Nice job rebel... what's the additional weight? Seems like it would be better to get them as low as possible.
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Subscribed, look forward to your release Rebel.
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thanks for the pics/ posts guys. great ideas.
...keep 'em coming.

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We are done with R&D on our weld in interior mounts, state's JK being the last install needed to confirm viability and fit/durability.

They will ship as raw, ready to weld in units. Why not bolt on? We tried several different variations, including locking collars with textured inner bezels. All rotated after severe bounces. We want a solution that requires zero periodic maintenance. Look for them to be on our site in the coming days.
They look good on the Unlimited. Have you all test fitted them to see if they will work on a 2 door also? I like the idea of having the water inside, especially for wheeling up here in AK where water outside would freeze solid in minutes during the winter.

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Here are a couple more shots that show all four of the RotoPax units in place while the top is off. The lower shot shows the bracket welded into place:
How does this work with the soft top? Looks like you would have to remove the tanks to get the top up and down... just wondering about the bracket? Does it interfere with the soft top bracket?

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The welded mounts seem very durable. Full containers happily bounce down high-speed dirt roads that have my suspension on its Speed Bumps without issue. I'm confident they are plenty tough.

My pair of full water containers, bracket, and containers themselves weigh in around 35 pounds (includes four gallons of water). The brackets are tough enough to sustain more than 1000 pounds of impact load. As Rebel Off Road pointed out, no bolt-on solution will work in such a tough application.

The other pair are quite a bit lighter. I'd say it's close to 12 pounds.


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Here's what I did.
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very nice! We need more info. I hate that space made by the sub. I usually keep my viair compressor in there on top of my hilift base. Some rotopax and a nice fire extinguisher mount would be even better! Give us the goods JoeVacs...
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I bolted a piece of steel ( 1/4 " x 6'' x 18" ) to the bulkhead behind the sub. On the forward end, it sticks out in the air where the fender slopes off behind the seat. The Roto-Pax bracket is bolted to it

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I answered in IM, sorry. Went like this...

If you are running a single mount, in the center of the tailgate, the center of the tailgate has the vent on the outside. With the vent removed, you have perfect access to the rear of the bolts.
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I answered in IM, sorry. Went like this...

If you are running a single mount, in the center of the tailgate, the center of the tailgate has the vent on the outside. With the vent removed, you have perfect access to the rear of the bolts.
Do you think that location is strong enough to support a Rotopax filled with water? What about 2 of them stacked? Since there is access to the back of the panel with the vent removed perhaps adding a steel plate on the backside would strengthen it enough to hold the weight? That is a great location for water for the dog while on trips.

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