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Peter Korslund, Broomfield, Colorado
Removable Gym Locker For Outside Storage
2008 Ford F250
1998 Lance Legend 11’3″
Camper storage is always in short supply and often inconveniently placed in a truck camper. In particular, ski storage is awkward with a camper. It’s easy to have a rooftop box, which I also have, accessing it is a pain.
Then I had the crazy idea to buy a used gym locker and place it on the outside. I found a 6-foot high gym locker on Craigslist and bought it.
I did not want it on the camper’s sides because that would add to my width. I also did not want it too far to either side on the back.
So I decided to put it on heavy-duty ‘free-bolt’ door hinges. These hinges needed to be attached in a rock solid way, so I drilled entirely through the rear outside wall and used 3 1/2″ bolts, nylon-locking nuts, and custom cut metal plates that are visible in the bathroom.
As a result, the locker sits more in the middle and is also removable. It has a weight-bearing base on the bottom consisting of 2×8 wood and quarter-inch high impact rubber. When traveling, the locker is secured to the door. I have additional metal door hooks to keep the camper’s door open when idle.
While I had initial concerns about structural integrity, everything has been bombproof.
It pivots just right. The friction of the rubber on the bottom requires only a little push while ensuring the locker stays in place where ever you swing it.
There has been no indication of structural stress after a few trips involving washboard dirt roads. I used two hinges, but will likely add a third to make it even more bombproof.
I look forward to using the locker in the winter for downhill ski transport/storage. I plan to enhance the inside with removable wall panels that have different hooks and easy release straps. These panels will be season-specific. One for three-season and one for ski-season.
It took me more than eight hours to complete this modification and cost me $150. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.
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