I've owned and used both a 24 gallon and 8 gallon one for at least 20 years. We store the bulk of our camping gear--stove, lantern, cookware, plates, axe, small shovel, etc. -- in the 24 gallon, which we leave outside. It is always ready to go at a moments notice. Besides being in the shade, it is otherwise totally exposed to the elements. We have never had anything get wet or rust. The only thing that shows its age is the handles red has faded a bit. My wife recently pointed out that we should have an earthquake survival kit prepared--we live in Northern CA. I pointed out we already do, our trusty 24 gallon ActionPacker next to the side of the house. The 8 gallon, which is packed for specific trips and remains indoors, looks as new as the day I bought it. I am always astounded at the shear long lasting quality of Rubbermaid products. It is the only name in plastic products that I can trust to last--everything else is a roll of the dice. My only wish is that I could get a midsize actionpacker somewhere between the 8 and 24 gallon models.