TRASH TALK

4WDrive - - Install - WORDS AND PHO­TOS BY ALAIN GAGNON IN­STA­GRAM: #AL_GAGNON www.nbex­pe­di­tions.com

As over­lan­ders, four wheel­ers and for that mat­ter, any other out­door en­thu­si­ast, our main play­ing field will al­ways be the great out­doors, and we have to take care of our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment at all cost. It’s not pleas­ant when trav­el­ling off the grid, to have to carry, some­times for a few days at a time, per­sonal trash around in the back of the truck un­til you reach civ­i­liza­tion and are able to use a trash con­tainer to fi­nally ‘un­load’. It’s even worse when you have to pick up other trail users’ trash along the way.

I had seen some fel­low over­land en­thu­si­asts, mainly with Jeeps, carry their trash around in a back­pack-like bag mounted on their out­side spare tires, un­for­tu­nately I didn’t have this op­tion with my truck. How­ever, now that I have com­pleted the build of my over­land trailer, I made sure to at­tach a spare tire on the back bumper, (a used Jeep Wran­gler’s af­ter­mar­ket rear bumper with spare tire mount) so I would be able to carry a spare and even­tu­ally at­tach some kind of a garbage con­tainer out­side of the ve­hi­cle, large enough to be able to stay off-grid for a few days in a row.

The search for this type of gear was ac­tu­ally pretty easy. Through my re­search on the sub­ject I found the GARB (Garbage and Re­cy­cling Bag), a hand­made prod­uct from the folks at North Bound Expedition­s Inc. op­er­at­ing out of New Brunswick. The bag ba­si­cally straps to a spare tire and is a con­ve­nient way to keep trash out of the ve­hi­cle and out of na­ture.

The idea was con­ceived by two avid over­land and out­doors en­thu­si­asts, Vir­gil Des­souroux and Nick Scott, both full time Cana­dian Armed Forces mem­bers. They make the GARB from scratch in their own homes in their spare time us­ing a solid 1000 de­nier Cor­dura ma­te­rial that is UV re­sis­tant and wa­ter re­pel­lant, then cut­ting, sewing, prep­ping, as­sem­bling, ad­ver­tis­ing, sell­ing and ship­ping their in­no­va­tive prod­uct.

The de­mand for their GARB be­gan to be more than they an­tic­i­pated, so they de­cided to hire a seam­stress to help put it all to­gether. The GARB that I have pur­chased was made by hand, piece by piece in­volv­ing three dif­fer­ent peo­ple, in each of their own homes lo­cated in New Brunswick. Now, you can’t have more “Home Made in Canada” than that.

The GARB

At first glance, the prod­uct feels quite sturdy and the straps are made from a strong thick ma­te­rial with a mix of sturdy metal and plas­tic buck­les. The stitch­ing all around the bag is tight and solid, in­clud­ing around the wa­ter­tight zip­pers lo­cated out­side the bag.

The bag it­self is very large, the open­ing is wide with a tie rope to close it all up, and a flap cover with straps to make it all very tidy. On the out­side of the flap, you have a GARB sewn nametag and a square 4x4-ish Vel­cro’d area to put your own patch(s). They say it can hold two large trash bags side by side and I would agree with that state­ment. There are six D-rings all around the top open­ing in­side the bag where garbage bags can be tied up to keep them in place, and there are two other sturdy straps with metal buck­les in­side, so you can fur­ther se­cure your plas­tic bag, or as shown on their video you could also use th­ese straps to se­cure a small cord of wood and stuff it all up in­side the GARB to keep it dry.

The ma­te­rial at the bot­tom of the bag is even stronger and there are a cou­ple of drain holes to let liq­uids out in case an in­side bag leaks, or you drive through wa­ter, it will drain out of the bag.

Out­side the bag there are a cou­ple of zip­pered pock­ets and two deep pock­ets on each side, all large enough to stuff your spare garbage bags or any camp­ing equip­ment you might need to be read­ily avail­able. In­stal­la­tion is easy and their web­site has a video with in­struc­tions on how to mount the GARB onto your spare tire with a de­tailed in­tro­duc­tion to the GARB it­self and its multi-use ideas. The GARB comes in var­i­ous colours, mine is Navy Blue and you can or­der them in Olive Drab, Tan, Black, Coy­ote Brown, Red, Grey and Or­ange and, us­ing the same ma­te­rial, they also make a chain­saw bag.

You can stuff up to 35 kg (75 lbs) of gear/trash in­side, and the web­bing (straps and buck­les) are rated with a break­ing strength of over 590 kg (1300 lbs).

Over­all, I am very pleased with my pur­chase. It eas­ily hooks up on a spare tire and I’m cer­tain it can be at­tached many other ways out­side of your rig as well. It looks good on the back of my trailer, it keeps trash and odours out of the truck, and ap­pears to be versatile, mean­ing that I should be able to use it to stow any other type of gear or some camp­fire wood when not used as a trash car­rier.

Re­mem­ber leave only your foot­prints on your next over­land trip!

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