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Jacob Brokke, Abilene, Texas
Ceiling Mounted Pantry
1996 Ford Bronco
1996 Custom Lite Craft
In our very small Ford Bronco pop-up camper we need to be creative when it comes to utilizing space. With our under-seat storage, cabinets, and drawers filled to capacity, we still needed to find a place for those items that we can’t live without; dried foods, coffee, candies, cookies, crackers, pancake mix, syrup, and many other can’t live without food items. We needed a pantry.
We found an image of a ceiling-mounted pantry on the internet, but could not find a vendor that sold it. When it’s not for sale there is only one option left.
On my yearly visit to my home country, I carefully asked my 85 year old mother if she still worked on her sewing machine. She answered, “Yes, I still do”. We drew up the design and went to the fabric store.
We built a box made from very durable and easy to clean fabric. Hanging straps were incorporated for easy and secure hanging. An opening was created in the front which was covered with a screen material held in place by velcro. After two days, my 85 year old mother was done with the pantry and ready to put that sewing machine away.
When I returned home I took the pantry to the embroiderer and had “SOFIE”, my mother’s name, embroidered on it. I now am her favorite son.
I mounted some stainless hooks to the ceiling of the pop-up camper. I was able to find some support beams in the ceiling and fastened to them. The pantry hangs to the right of the stove and sink, and above the refrigerator.
The pantry is filled with all our goodies and has worked out great. When we lower the pop-up we simply unhook the pantry and lay it on the seating area for transport. When we are parked and ready to camp, it is the first thing that gets hung. We love it.
It took me ten-hours to complete this modification and cost me $60. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.
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