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Gary Goyette, Chicopee, Massachusetts
Back Seat Platform For Organized Storage
2016 GMC 3500HD
2011 Northern Lite 8-11 SE
Before our 2016 five-month trip around the United States, through Canada and into Alaska, it became apparent that we didn’t have enough storage space in the camper or the back seat of our truck.
I removed the rear seat to gain space, and designed a storage platform using 1-inch by 2-inch pine strips and 1/4-inch birch plywood. It now has storage for a folding table, tow strap, and jumper cables in a narrow space on top.
I can store folding chairs, a toolbox, my compressor other stuff under the platform. On top, it holds three 122-quart plastic containers.
In one of the containers, we store winter clothes and boots. One container holds bottled water, beer and wine. The third container holds extras or the satellite dish.
The storage shelf has worked better than I expected. The shelf in the picture is actually version 2.0. In the first version I used 1/4-inch luan plywood which started to splinter and de-laminate on the edges. Version 2.0 has 1/4-inch birch plywood and pine edges to protect the plywood.
It took me approximately six-hours to complete this modification and cost me less than $50. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.
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