As of right now with all the weight so far back, its rather unstable on the kickstand, had to cut a block of wood to set under it to stabilize it a bit, otherwise the front wheel starts lifting off the ground.
Dunno what a dry bag is but I'll look into it. I like the security of the ammo box, but yeah, it may not be working out well.
alright, the plan for tomorrow is to take the tent and sleeping bag out of the duffel bag and affix them to the outside, that'll leave enough room in the duffel bag for the contents of the ammo box, then ditch the ammo box and put the gas can where the ammo box is currently sitting. Thanks for the advice.
also, i hear vegas is expecting a storm... may brave it out and go anyway... otherwise i'll just start heading east instead.