"Black Widow has a reputation for tough and innovative storage solutions" - Ron Moon.
Out & about with
Mark and Karen are constantly testing Black Widow products to the max out in the field.
Twin Drawer Systems
Twin Drawer System (BW1000) with inbuilt heavy duty slide, cargo barrier, top shelf and dividing barrier, complete with 57litre water tank shown here in a Toyota 200 Series Landcruiser.
Black Widow design and manufacture Rated half barriers to suit most vehicles. The Black Widow half barriers are designed to be installed with Black Widow drawer systems .
The barrier has been put through exhaustive crash testing (AS/NZS 4034.2:2008) and is rated to 60kgs. In most cases, the barrier requires no drilling into the vehicle making installation a breeze.
Black Widow storage systems will also accept full length barriers if they are already in the vehicle. A new addition to the range is the new Black Widow Top shelf and dividing barrier. Fitted to the storage system and barrier there is no drilling to the vehicle. They make useful storage space for light items such as sleeping bags, bedding, clothes etc. Cumbersome goods that are always in the way. The top shelf has been crash tested and comes rated to ADR standards to carry 20kgs. This combination is available to suit most popular makes and models.
Fridge slides and fridge access, "Whats the best way?"
Black Widow pioneered the Tourer range of drawer systems. This option gets the fridge down low on a floor mounted slide and is particularly suited to big fridges. The low slide offers full extension which is required on full length lid fridges. The tourer range is available with a left or right fridge orientation and with one or two drawers.
"We are towing a camper or a van and don't need maximum storage!"
The benefits of towing a camper or a trailer is that you have extra storage on board and don't need to always carry everything you need in the car. This is where you can look at convenience over practicality and where the Tourer range and the Easy Slide work extremely well.
Don't forget though, when you drop the van or camper at Halls Creek and shoot out to the bungles for a few days, you will really appreciate the extra storage the drawers provide.
I'm always of the mind that everyone is different with different requirements, that's why we have all of these op-tions. In the end however you will always face a compromise and some things just aren't possible like trying to fit a 110 litre Waeco in a Prado with a twin drawer system and a cargo barrier !!!
At Black Widow and at our distributors, we use a Fridge Size Guide, identifying what will work with what. Give us a call and we will be glad to help you plan your touring options.
Fridge usage. Consider the following analogy (Using an inbuilt flush slide).
Very important to visualize your peak fridge activity to assess the level of inconvenience you can endure. Lets as-sume you are doing a Simpson Desert crossing.
You are off on today's leg or you have just left Birdsville or Mt Dare.
Peak time - It's time to pull up camp, you have found a sheltered interdunal with lots of fire wood and it's time for a cold one. It's about 3 or 4 pm and you will be at this locality until you depart around 8 or 9 am in the morning, around 16-18 hours..
The first thing that happens is the fridge becomes the focal piece of kit. That's where the cold drinks and the tucker is. It gets rolled out and that's where it stays until you go to bed or you get up in the morning and pull it out again to make your bacon and eggs. Access to the fridge is now easy because you have set up a collapsible stool or an up turned crate for easy constant access. It's a compromise, but effective and what's required to do these type of trips safely.