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Barbara Buhler, Dallas, Oregon
Goodbye Useless Bunk and Hello Accessible Storage
2004 Ram 2500
2002 Alpenlite Cimarron 8.5
Above: The bunk before the modification
The bunk area above our camper dinette wasn’t practical to be used as a bunk. There were only 12-inches of headroom and that was without a mattress. It was also limiting the sunlight into our camper. The goal was to improve the area into organized and easy to access storage.
When I first started the modification, I didn’t plan on removing the whole shelf. However, the more I started removing, the better I liked how it looked. I used a cordless drill and basically just started removing screws until the entire bunk was gone (pictured below).
Once the bunk was gone, I installed a 12-inch wire shelf upside down so that it would provide a lip to hold my 10-inch fabric storage cubes. When traveling, I use a telescoping shower curtain rod across the cubes to keep them in place.
There was a 12-volt light over the dinette that I will use for another dinette light. As of right now, I haven’t installed it.
What a huge difference this has made in the overall feel of inside the camper. It allows more light to come in and I can access my storage cubes easily. Everything is organized instead of just thrown into the cupboard.
It took me approximately three hours to complete this modification. The wire shelf was $15, the storage cubes were $5 each and the telescoping shower curtain rod was $20.
In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium. It’s not necessarily difficult, but the bunk pieces were heavy and awkward to remove. Installing the wire shelf was a two-person job.
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