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Hidden Basement Storage Drawer

Welcome to the third entry in June’s Mega Mod Contest.  One Mega Mod will be published in every Email Alert in June.  At the end of the month, we’ll hold a reader vote to determine June’s winner.  Click here for information about the 2021 Mod Contest, including how to enter.

Hidden Camper Basement Drawer

Peter Stewart, Scottsdale, Arizona
Hidden Basement Storage Drawer
2020 Ford F-250
2020 Northstar Liberty

We exchanged our crew cab for an extended cab truck.  We lost the space in our truck’s cab for the inflatable paddleboards and needed a storage solution for transporting them.  We also wanted to carry our jacks without having them mounted on the camper.

Hidden Storage Drawer Closed

We re-framed the entire base of the camper and increased the basement height by 1.5-inches.  We re-framed the cross supports and put 2-inch foam insulation on the entire floor.  We also installed a marine plywood base to seal the bottom of the camper.  The entire underside and drawer are sealed with waterproof deck sealant.

Hidden Long Storage Drawer Space

Hidden Storage Drawer Inside

There is a full-length drawer slide using UHMW (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene).  There is a barrel lock and cubby compartment on the opposite side with a hatch door for storing the jacks.

Hidden Storage Drawer Tray With Lock

The exterior face of the camper was cut, extended, and hinged with two recessed deadbolt locks with a weatherstrip for a factory appearance.

Hidden Storage Drawer Camper

It’s sweet so far!  The drawer storage works with the camper on and off the truck.  It’s fairly hidden.

Hidden Storage Drawer Open

I love the ability to carry the jacks with the motors under the camper.  And best of all, our paddleboards travel with us!

Marine plywood – Local lumber yard (box stores do not carry this) – $85.49
2×4 and 1/2-inch plywood (local box store) – $80
T25 Star Drive screws for base 2.5-inch and 3-inch – $15
Construction adhesive – Gorilla Glue (local box store) – $15
Misc Screws, hinges, locks, etc – $5
Olympus Keyed Deadbolt Model # 26D78-101 – Craftmaster Hardward (online) – $55.56
Deck sealant waterproof (black) – $40
UHMW .125-inches by 72-inches cut in 2-inch strips – ePlastics (online) – $193.74
Muzata HD 304 SS Piano Hinge 2-inch by 24-inch .06-inch thick (Amazon) – $53.14
TCH Hardware SS HD barrel lock (Amazon) – $29.71
Richelieu Hardware 9/10-inch white caster wheels (Home Depot) – $6.90
Misc hardware – $50

It took me more than 30-hours to complete this modification and cost me $579.54.  In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is hard.

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