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Paul Hellested, Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania
Pull Out Exterior Camper Shelves
2018 Nissan Titan XD
2017 Travel Lite 770R
We wanted a shelf by our outside shower for doing dishes or setting soap and shampoo. We also wanted a shelf for our camp stove so that I could be near the camper when cooking outside.
I had room under my side camper wings to install pull-out shelves without the truck bed rails interfering. I purchased some heavy-duty drawer slides on Amazon. I then made some mounting rails to attach the drawer slides to and through-bolted them to the underside of my camper wing. I then made plywood shelves and a face trim piece to the sizes I desired.
All of the wood was exterior grade and scrap from other projects. I attached drawer catches to hold the shelves closed when traveling. Then, I painted everything black.
This modification has enhanced our outings. I can cook meals while being under our awning and near the camper. We also have a place to set dishes if we wash anything outside or to place shower items when needed.
Two sets of 100-pound RV drawer slides on Amazon – $12 each
One 2′ x 8′ rip of 3/4-inch exterior plywood – $35 from Lowes
One 2′ x 8’ – 2-foot long – exterior for mounting rail rips – $10 from Lowes
Pack of four drawer catch latches – $8 from any hardware store
One quart of black exterior paint – $20 from Lowes
It took about eight hours to complete this project. I painted every piece thoroughly with two coats of paint because of the outside exposure. Finding accessible through-bolts to go through the wings took some time as well.
The total material cost for this project was around $100. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.
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