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Tom Elliott, Suiphur, Oklahoma
Five Found Storage Areas
2007 Ram 2500
2018 Adventurer 80RB
We are always looking for more storage. The more time we spend in our camper, the more unused space I see.
Under the step to the bed, there was extra space. Under our feet at the dining table, space. Behind the access panel in the kitchen, there’s more space. And in the bathroom under the plumbing access, even more space. There was even space in the truck’s bed.
In the first area, I removed the kitchen’s plumbing access panel and installed a wire drawer with the access panel face attached.
Now the whole drawer can come out to make any needed repairs, and there’s more storage space in the meantime.
Second, the step going up to the bed was removed revealing more space.
I cut a new top, added carpet, hinged it, and now there’s usable space.
Third, under our feet at the table, I removed the top of the step, cut new boards, added carpet, hinged it, and again there’s additional storage space.
Fourth, was bathroom storage. This new storage space was a little more involved.
In the plumbing access area, there was a lot of unused space. I relocated the shower valve and head, removed the toilet paper holder, installed a water tight access cover, checked for leaks, reinstalled the access panel, applied new silicone, and now there’s more storage.
The extra space in the bathroom is nice, and the shower works much better on the back wall.
Fifth, the 80RB has no basement, so it opens right into the truck’s bed. I added an access panel from the inside of the camper. We elected to install an 8 x 12 panel because of the things we wanted to store in it.
Through the years we have collected plastic gallon jars. They fit perfect through the access panel. We also use that storage area for charcoal, a 12-volt fillet knife, tire repair items, and other small items that we want to keep dry.
Most materials I needed were on hand. I went to Amazon for the access panels and hinges. This has been something to do while self-isolating.
It took me six hours that was broken up as I waited on deliveries. For all storage areas, it cost me less than $100. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium to hard.
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