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Adding An Exterior Storage Compartment

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Net More Exterior Storage

Leo Guzman, Salinas, California
Adding An Exterior Storage Compartment
2020 Ram 3500
2020 Eagle Cap 811

Storage In Overhang Empty Space Before

Above: The back wing area before the mod started

This is our first truck camper and we soon realized the exterior storage compartment is somewhat small.  There are certain items that I don’t mind keeping out in the open including leveling blocks, hoses, and some tools.  After a little imagination, I decided to add extra space to store those items.

Storage In Overhang Parts

All of the materials for this modification were bought from Home Depot except for the cargo nets.  I started by cutting a 72-inch piece of angle aluminum into four small pieces (16-inches in length).

Storage In Overhang Level Bar Storage In Overhang Level Framework

Then I screwed those pieces on each side of the location where I wanted the base of the new compartment.

For the base (floor) of the compartment, I used two sheets of HDPE cutting boards which were later cut to fit the area.

Storage In Overhang Trays

I first made a template using cardboard, and subsequently cut the boards with a jigsaw.

Storage In Overhang Trays 1

Storage In Overhang Trays Side 2

On one of the camper’s sides, there is the exhaust pipe of the generator, so I wrapped the tube with exhaust heat wrap tape.

Storage In Overhang Trays 2 Wrapped Pole

Once the floor of the compartment was in place, I screwed it using stainless steel materials.

Storage In Overhang Netting Hanging

Then I added eyebolts on each corner to later use as anchors for bungee cords or the cargo net itself.

Storage In Overhang Netting Attached

Three holes were made on the bottom of the cutting boards to secure the cargo net. Eye straps were screwed on the top portion to secure the cargo net in the closed position.

Storage In Overhang Netting No Tote

I used sealant on each screw, and also sealed the area where I installed the angle aluminum pieces.

Storage In Overhang Tote Side 1 Completed

I have not used the camper since I installed it, but it is pretty straight forward. I am happy to know I’ll have more storage in the original storage compartment.

Storage In Overhang Netting Tote

It took me eight hours to complete this modification and cost me $150.  In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.

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