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Lawrence Sommerfield, Wimberley, Texas
Emergency Equipment Storage Under Camper
2011 Chevy 2500
2020 Northstar Liberty
I wanted to find a place to store emergency equipment (such as having a flat tire or dead battery) and free up space in the cab of my truck.
I have a 2020 Northstar Liberty. When the camper is sitting on the truck, there is a six-inch riser kit. The riser kit had an area where things could be stored.
The problem was to keep things from sliding out of reach or falling out. I used three pieces of wood to create a space for the equipment that could be reached quickly.
First, I fastened a 1×2 30-inch long board to the wooden frame that holds the grey water tank. To fasten the board to the frame I used 2 L brackets and glue. That board keeps things from sliding out of reach to the driver’s side of the truck bed.
Next, I fastened a 1×4 24-inch long board between the 1×2 and the wooden bed rail on right using two L brackets. This board keeps things from sliding out of reach to the front of the bed.
The last 1×4 24-inch board connects to the 1×2 on the left and the bed rail on the right. I used hinges and carabiner clips to keep things from falling out of the truck bed.
I purchased a 1×4 6-foot white pine board that cost $5.98 and two small hinged hasps that cost $2.98 each. I had the 30 inch piece of 1×2, four L brackets, glue, and carabiner clips on hand.
It took me about two hours to complete this modification and cost about $12.00. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is easy.
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